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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality: 2.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D40
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 4.1 more bits of color
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
94.0 vs 56.0
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Around 70% better image quality
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 11 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 2.5 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 3
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 470 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Nikon D40

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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
Size
Smaller
124×94×64 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
522 g vs 850 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$550.00 vs $2,199.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,649 cheaper (4x less)
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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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D6005.5 fps
              D402.5 fps
              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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