Updated (May 2012): Compare the Nikon D600 vs Nikon D300S

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D300S

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D300S

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 787 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality: 1.9 f-stops higher ISO than the D300S
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
94.0 vs 70.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D600's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
850 g vs 938 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
225 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Size
Slightly smaller
147×114×74 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D600850 g
              D300S938 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D6006,400 ISO
              D300S3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D600$1,357.48
              D300S$1,277.89
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D60025,600 ISO
              D300S6,400 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D6009
              D300S15
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D600921k dots
              D300S920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,500 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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              Karen (6:03 AM, October 19, 2012)
              The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
              The D600's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better

              I find it kind of hard to take seriously a site that uses the term "f-stop" where they mean "stop." Shouldn't you know that f-stop is aperture?