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

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 D80

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D600

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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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
$545.00 vs $1,344.95
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The best price we've seen is $800 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

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

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

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              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
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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