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

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D90

69

Nikon D90

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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 D90

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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 977 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.6 f-stops higher ISO than the D90
Overall image quality Much better image quality 94.0 vs 73.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.63x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
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 faster 5.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 900 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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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 Slightly cheaper $837.99 vs $1,354.00
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The best price we've seen is $516 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              D90:3,200 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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              Shared Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

              $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $444 - $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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 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 body only

              $549 - $697 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm 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
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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 Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,160 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

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