Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D7100

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D600

98

Nikon D7000

76

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
Great color depth
Color depth
25.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Storage slots
More storage slots
2
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps

galleries

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

Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality: 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D7000
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
94.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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"
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Around 10% larger screen
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
132×105×77 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
238 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$684.00 vs $1,424.13
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The best price we've seen is $740 cheaper (2.1x less)
Weight
Lighter
780 g vs 850 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D60014.2 EV
              D700013.9 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D600300 ms
              D7000400 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              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
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $959 - $1,197 body only

              $1,259 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,008 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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              Jersey traveler (2:04 PM, August 07, 2013)
              A very good, comprehensive comparison. I would have like to see a discussion of which camera performs better for different types of shooting situations (I.e., landscape shots vs. sports).