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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture more than 4x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.53x
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Around 80% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
5.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
900 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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Size
Much smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Lens availability
More lenses available
230 lenses vs 171 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.2"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$350.00 vs $1,484.39
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The best price we've seen is $1,134 cheaper (4.2x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
522 g vs 850 g
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Around 40% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              260 ms shutter lag
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D600300 ms
              D40400 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D6001080p @ 30fps
              D40None
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D6006,400 ISO
              D401,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D600921k dots
              D40230k dots

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