Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D90

70

Nikon D90

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
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
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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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 977 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the D90
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
94.0 vs 73.0
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Around 30% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 12.5 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.63x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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 3,200 ISO
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The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D600's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 260 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
703 g vs 850 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$669.95 vs $1,344.95
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The best price we've seen is $675 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              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
              D90:3,200 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
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

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

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 flips out Has a screen which flips out
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              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 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 D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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