Updated (May 2012): Compare the Nikon D600 vs Nikon D700

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D700

Winner
Nikon D600

89

Nikon D700

79

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 D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
197 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D600.
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competitors

Nikon D600 Competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,292 - $1,497 body only

$1,699 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Weight Lighter
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,735 - $1,997 body only

$2,249 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$849 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Nikon D700 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,735 - $1,997 body only

$2,249 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,292 - $1,497 body only

$1,699 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$849 - $1,047 body only

$1,347 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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Mike (8:16 PM, January 05, 2014)
I am still waiting for the D400/500 with 16mpx and the body of the D700. Full weather sealing and functionality etc. That will be the real D700 replacement. Until then the best alternative (if you don't have a D700) is the D610. For real nonpros
 
Mike (8:12 PM, January 05, 2014)
The D600/610 is a great tool. Those paying 3200 dollars for a D700 can send me some funding to do some real photography. I will even send them the photos I create using the D4 I bought with their throw away funds. :).
 
Mike (8:07 PM, January 05, 2014)
I feel the "sweet spot" for dynamic range and resolution will be 16mpx (like the D4). For Nikon this will provide a win-win-win for their market in sports, street, and fashion photography. Landscapers know to go with cannon. Commercial billboard work goes to medium format so the D800 is clearly for the keepers up with the joneses market.
 
Mihai (0:02 PM, November 25, 2013)
Excellent comment! :)
 
Monty (10:38 PM, April 19, 2013)
Lets look further into this as I own both:

1. The D700 has a fully weather sealed magnesium body - D600 half plastic.

2. D600 has built in HDR - D700 can do 9 points of exposure bracketing, so much, much better when using Photoshop HDR.

3. D700 will do 8fps with a battery grip - D600 5.5 fps still.

4. The larger pixel sensor of the D700 records much better and natural colors.

5. Buffer - D700 will slow after 17 Raw images, the D600 in Raw after 8 images. D700 wins by a mile for sports.

6. The 51 point Af of the D700 annihilates the D600. My D600 cannot focus on what my older D700 can focus on in low light. And for those shooting sports the D600 missed about 25% more shots due to slower and less accurate focus.

7. D600 dynamic range 14.2 ev - D700 12.2, but in reality using Lightroom or PS, you can pull another 5 stops of detail out of a D700 raw image.


so you have to look a little further into the scoring to see if the new D600 is worth it.
 
Phil (5:10 PM, February 25, 2013)
You can get a new D700 for $2300 amazon is ripping you off at there price which is $3200