Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D80

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D80

45

Nikon D80

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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 D80

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Weight
Light-weight
668 g
 
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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 524 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 2.5 f-stops higher ISO than the D80
Overall image quality Much better image quality 94.0 vs 61.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Screen size Much larger screen 3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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3 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 3 more bits of color
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 2.5x 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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D600's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D80

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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 132x103x77 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 668 g vs 850 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 250 ms vs 260 ms
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $569.00 vs $1,444.00
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The best price we've seen is $875 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D600:300 ms
              D80:500 ms
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D600:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 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

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,598 - $1,899 body only

              $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,301 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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