Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D700

83

Nikon D700

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 2,303 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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 12.2 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 1,074 g
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More than 20% lighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Size Slightly smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 197 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 20% 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
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.70x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
        D600:2,980 ISO
        D700:2,303 ISO
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
        D700:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        D600:0.70x
        D700:0.72x
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        D600:300 ms
        D700:400 ms
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        D600:39
        D700:51
        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
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Weight Heavy Help
        D600:850 g
        D700:1,074 g
        Size Large Help
        D600:141x113x82 mm
        D700:147x123x77 mm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        6,400 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        25,600 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D600:5.5 fps
        D700:5 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D600:921k dots
        D700:922k dots

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        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 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
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,608 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

        Nikon D600 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D600.

        Nikon D700 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

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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