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

Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D700

86

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
Color depth
Great color depth
25.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Focus points
Many focus points
51
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
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 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,613.00 vs $3,329.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,716 cheaper (2.1x less)
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
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Slightly 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
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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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 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 flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D600:5.5 fps
              D700:5 fps
              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

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,750 - $1,899 body only

              $2,397 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 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 III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              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