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Nikon D600 vs. D800 specifications comparison

Here is a quick comparison between Nikon D600 and D800 full frame DSLR cameras based on the specifications listed on Nikon's website:

Nikon D600 Nikon D800
Effective Pixels 24.3million 36.3million
Sensor Size 35.9mmx24.0mm 35.9mmx24mm
Image Sensor Format FX FX
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): Lossless Compressed, Compressed or Uncompressed 12 or 14 bit
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
TIFF (RGB)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Picture Control Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card Slot 2 Secure Digital (SD) 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36x24):100% Horizontal and 100% VerticalApprox.
DX (24x16):97% Horizontal and 97% VerticalApprox.
FX (36x24):100% Horizontal and 100% VerticalApprox.
1.2x (30x20):97% Horizontal and 97% VerticalApprox.
DX (24x16):97% Horizontal and 97% VerticalApprox.
5:4 (30x24):97% Horizontal and 97% VerticalApprox.
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70xApprox. 0.70xApprox.
Viewfinder Eyepoint 20.6mm (-1.0m¯¹) 19.5 (-1.0¯¹)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000sec. 1/8000sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30sec. 30sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 5.5frames per second 4frames per second
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO100-6400
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
ISO100-6400
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 39 51
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Flash Bracketing 2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to1/4000 Up to1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-Eye reduction
Red-Eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
White Balance Auto
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Shade
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Shade
White Balance Bracketing 2 or 3 exposures 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Movie HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 25 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Monitor Size 3.2in. diagonal 3.2in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000Dots 921,000Dots
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Highlights
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
Slideshow
Highlights
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Resize
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Color Balance
GPS GP-1 GPS unit
GP-1A GPS unit
GP-1 GPS unit
Battery / Batteries EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 900shots per charge (Battery Life) (CIPA) 900shots per charge (Battery Life) (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
Approx. Dimensions Width:5.6in.(141mm)
Height:4.4in.(113mm)
Depth:3.2in.(82mm)
Width:5.7in.(144.78mm)
Height:4.8in.(121.92mm)
Depth:3.2in.(81.28mm)
Approx. Weight 26.8oz.(760g)camera body only 31.7oz.(900g)camera body only
 Price (body only) $2,099.95 $2,999.95

Update: here is another size comparison between the D7000, D600 and the D800 (thanks Ron):

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  • `/1nc3nt

    I looks that D600 has most all the features D800 has, at least on the paper. But the real output quality still needs to be proven whether D600 can match D800 or not.

    The comparison here doesn’t describe the build quality, e.g. which parts are made magnesium alloys or ergonomics and so forth.

    Assume if D600 can match D800, but surely not to the finest details where professionals and can afford people are get used with. Manufacturing quality, materials, ergonomics.

    You can drive Toyota as fast as if you use Lexus, but Lexus gives you more.

    • Rob Tyler

      HUH….Lexus is made by Toyota so that last sentence does not make sense.

    • Troll Prozac

      For me the killer is the small body size (I hate it when my little finger falls off the bottom of a DSLR) and the tiny (in comparison to D800) view finder AF coverage. It’s just a little bit in the centre of the VF. I already wish the D800 AF coverage filled up more of the VF, but the D600 is ridiculous.

      They’ve added an AF system designed for DX into an FX body, and the fit is like a little kid wearing their dad’s shoes. LOL

  • bert

    Auch! NikonRumors, you forgot the X-sync! Important stuff. 1/200 vs 1/250! The D600 has a fancy 1/250 mode, but that limits flash output, so it does not count.
    And why the ugly Eye-cup? It makes it look so amateur.

    • a4

      Are you afraid of looking not professional enough with the cam? Oh my… :D

    • OsoSolitario

      Mybe it looks amateur but it has best eyepoint than the viewfinder of the D800 (20.6mm vs. 19,5mm) THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT, so you don’t need to glue your eye so much in the viewfinder to see properly the internal screen!!

    • Big J

      Spend <$10 bucks on a rounded Eyecup AND that has a magnification of 1.2x also. Moving along… (facepalm)

    • dpnsan

      Yes! I miss the 1/500 x-sync of the D-70. Why was that feature killed?

  • ace_dave

    I think there is a slight error in the comparison. D600 has uncompressed NEF-files? Nikon.com product page says:

    NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed

    I don’t like Nikon’s compression: it ruins the highlights and shadows if you try to retrieve some detail in those areas… I always shoot uncompressed for that reason. It would be the main reason for me NOT to invest in the D600.

    • Kim

      Lossless compressed doesn’t remove a thing! That’s why it’s called “Lossless”. I could agree that “NoLoss” would be a better name… ;-)

      • ace_dave

        Some years ago, when I decided to upgrade from my D50, I read about lossless compression actually being ‘visually lossless’. Now I know that regular compressed NEF files compress colordepth from 12-bit to 9.6-bit, but lossless compressed should not. However, because they used to call it visually uncompressed, they could still ditch data which becomes obvious when postprocessing.

    • Daniel

      NEF (RAW): Lossless Compressed, Compressed or Uncompressed 12 or 14 bit

      thats taken from the Nikon’s website

      link

      http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25488/D600.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

      • nom

        Weird, Nikon Germany lists different specs:
        NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed;

        http://www.nikon.de/de_DE/product/digital-cameras/slr/consumer/d600

        • ace_dave

          Weird indeed… Nikon Netherlands and Nikon.com also list it as lossless compressed or compressed but not uncompressed. Maybe I should buy it in usa? ;-)

  • Loris
    • Alex

      Fake… That would be the first shop with a .net domain on the Internet, that I have seen. +contact numbre für germany satrts with 0044… that has to be 0049

  • http://ammcstudio.com Mike

    Hey, are you sure that D800 doesn’t have 25FPS in 1080 in PAL mode ? Even D7000 has it.

  • ericnl

    and if you put next to those the Canon 6D specs, you have no reason to complain about the D600 at all anymore, because at exactly the same price the Canon 6D has:

    only 20mp, only 11 focus points, only 97% viewfinder, max shutter 1/4000, no pop up flash, no uncompressed HDMI video out (??), only one SD card slot, only 3.0-inch LCD, flash sync only 1/180, only mono mic (in), hardly any dedicated menu buttons on the back (change everything in the screen menu??), only 4.5 fps, no headphone jack, only 100000 shutter life.

    the only thing that the 6D seems to have over the D600 is built in WiFi/GPS and the iso range of 100-25600, but I guess we’ll have to wait for a head to head comparison to see what the actual workable iso/noise ratios are…

    • Alex

      When you take a look at Dxomark.com and compare similar Canon & Nikon Camera Senors of the last 3 Years… then you allready know.

  • Niko

    OMG, have you seen how fair the dpreview site?

    They’ve made a comparsion table for 6D and D600 and kept some green stripes on cannon’s side as they inserted a column for 5DMIII to steal the greens from Nikon :)))

  • SiliconVoid

    Yeah.. Not really sure what legitimate comparisons need to be done, the two cameras are at opposite ends of Nikon’s FX lineup.
    Here is a comparison of the two covering everything that has any significant benefit, hinderance, or detriment to serving their designed functions of capturing images.
    D800 – 36mp, ~$3000
    D600 – 24mp, ~$2100

    • RC

      Dude. If I’m gonna spend this much money on a camera, you better believe I considered the D800!

      • Joven

        I was thinking the same thing, but I’m still building my lens collection and that extra $900 could buy my 105VR or be put toward 85 1.4, and both will last longer than my D600 (well, when it finally gets here).

  • Kevin Goodwin

    I moaned at Nikon UK about the price here in the UK given the price in the US and Europe, even allowing for VAT , etc and they said:

    “Unfortunately I’m not able to comment about the price of the D600 SLR as there is no official price for UK yet”

    How can that be the case when its supposed to be available from tomorrow?

    • http://www.theorangecountyportraitphotographer.com/blog richie

      “computer says no”

  • Michael

    You know, it would be nice if Nikon filled its orders for the D800E before they release yet another camera. After all I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR OVER 7 MONTHS!!!!

    Nikon is the poster child for pre-order limbo. Don’t EVER believe them when they tell you how long it will take to get one of their cameras. Don’t order them until they are actually in stock somewhere

    • Search harder

      If you can’t get a d800e by now the fault is entirely your own.

      • quintana

        +1

        I got mine 3 weeks after the release. First store in Cologne I phoned was able to get me one and it took only 3 days. OK, I know I was lucky but it should not be too difficult to get one if you phone maybe 10 shops…

  • Naveen

    The D800 uses the exposure metering system of TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor which is present in D4 as well. But in D600, the exposure metering is handled with TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor which is present in the D7000 camera. 51 point focus system is the part of the high end models, so D4, D800 and probably DX top level one – D400 will have this 51 point focus system along with the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor for metering.

    D600 with D7000 focusing and metering features on a full frame leaves space for a top level DX camera ( replacement for D300s) with a much better DX sensor and D800/D4 metering and focusing system in a price range near to 2000 dollars.

    • Alex

      2000$ is to much.
      Think about 1400-1300$ for D400
      becaus it is just DX & D7000 is around 800$ now and is a lot better than D300s

  • http://www.kandrsmith.org/RJS rjs3273

    Since the prism is large enough to do 100% FX, why do they choose to set the DX viewfinder at 97%? When in DX mode, doesn’t it just mask off part of the viewfinder? Is there some good reason for specifically wanting the DX viewfinder to be <100%.

  • Charles

    Nikon D600 only has 1/4000 ?? Are you serious? All that money, and they can’t just add 1/8000?

    • el_jake

      +1

      1/4000 is a deal braker for me, with the use of speedlites and CLS most of the portraits I shoot use the max FP speed allowed.

      Pleease nikon, please!!1 make a D3s likes sensor, 1/8000 shutter speed camera in a portable D600/D7000 body, or add the Small Raw mode like canon’s.

      I have a lot of nikon stuff and like it to move to canon But the 5dmk III and 85 1.2 are the tempting devil.

      • RC

        Guys, you do realize that the D3/D700 start out at ISO200 right? The D600 starts out at ISO 100. What’s the difference between ISO100 1/4000 and ISO200 1/8000? Are you guys still going to hold on to your prized 1/8000? hmmmmmm?

        • Charles

          Well, it’s not about mathematical equations and making it work, sure, I could even put on ND filters, and other tricks, but it’s the RANGE that’s narrowed, which bites! Nikon could have easily put that in. So if I’m shooting a wedding, it’s more work for me to flip the dial and realize I’m maxed out on ISO, and have to change the ISO and then readjust. It’s more steps. If you’re a portrait or hobbyist shooter, it’s fine. For a wedding photographer, no way.

          • Charles

            I meant “maxed out on my shutter” (not ISO).

            • RC

              How many of your wedding pictures have used 1/8000?

      • JC

        Have you guys not read the specs? It’s been debated over and over again in the previous announcements.

        The D600 is equivalent to the Nikon D700.

        D600: 100iso 1/4000
        D700: 200iso 1/8000

        The D600 does a little bit of everything with an FX sensor, but it is not good at one particular thing. Which makes it an ideal entry level FX camera for those that have their feet wet but don’t want to jump in the pool yet because they don’t want to fully commit and are still trying to find out what they want from a camera. FPS/ISO/Megapixels/video etc.

        • grecner

          Exactly the point !
          D600 can even pretend ISO50, e.g. overexpose and underdevelop, so it can go even further than D700.
          I really do not see 1/4000 as a problem.
          Bigger problem is the 1/200 flash sync, both for daylight and sports fill-flash :-(
          But the new Canon 6D only has 1/180, so for some reason this is the new trend.

        • http://www.lb-photographie.com Besnehard

          You’re wrong JC, it is not equivalent : at 200iso 1/8000, your flash is two times more powerful than 100iso 1/4000. I’m a wedding photographer, and i can tell you that is a big deal when you shoot portrait à 2pm under sunlight… And if the uncompressed nef lack is confirmed, it’s just so disappointing.
          I don’t get nikon, it’s like they don’t care about wedding’s photographer needs… The D800 with a Small Raw mode would be so perfect! I’ll just keep on with my D700…

          • dpnsan

            Am I correct to assume you’re using 1/8000 and Auto FP for daylight fill at large aperture? This would make sense. Just one more extreme that wedding photogs have to deal with.

  • http://www.theorangecountyportraitphotographer.com/blog richie

    there is only 0.4 inch difference in size. not as small as it has been made out to be!

  • Damian

    I seriously considered selling my recently purchased D3200 and going for the D600 to get better low light shooting when it was rumored to be around $1600. The official $2100 price tag is a bit too high for me since I dont make money off my pictures. Guess I learned my lesson listening to rumors.

  • Steve

    Not sure why the rgb sensor gets missed on these comparisons. A 2k pixel rgb sensor vs a 92k sensor sounds like a big difference. Or does it not make that much of a difference?

    • Alex

      The jump from 1005pixel of D700 & D300s to +2016 pixel RGB Sensor that was first build into the D7000 was a huge jump and improved the TTL Flash metering a lot.
      I think 91.000 pixel help also a lot for pre calculation of the Image, while shooting. But 2016pixel help you already enough to take nice pictures I guess.

  • grecner

    I believe there is some incorrect/missing data in the comparison:

    1. D600 does not support uncompressed NEF
    2. D800 has face detection also in phase detection AF mode, not only in Live View
    3. There is an important difference in flash sync speed (1/200 on D600 vs. 1/250 on D800)
    4. manual video controls on the D600 are limited compared to the D800 based on recent reviews (no “power aperture”, probably no aperture control while recording, no audio level control while recording)
    5. DX viewfinder framing only done using lines, no option for grey borders, if the reviewers are right.
    6. no need to remove memory cards on the D600 to achieve uncompressed video output over HDMI for recording, if reviewers are right.

  • John

    Managed to get my greasy little hands on a D800E in Singapore for S$4350 or approx £2175. Makes me wince about the prices in the UK. Probably Hong Kong cheaper but wanted the warranty without any issues (I live in Singapore).

    Rip Off Britain!!!

  • http://www.snakommad.dk Brian Søgaard

    By comparing the photos of the two bodies it looks like you cannot change the Meetering Mode (Multi/Center-weighted/Spot) with a button on the back, as you can with a lot of other models (like D800). Can that be true? The also removed the AF button?!
    I consider upgrading to D600 from my good old D200, but I’ll really miss these features if I do so :-/

  • terje herigstad

    the d800 is slow 4fps in one sec same as an old d50 i now the d800 images is bigg tiff.s are 110mg and the human eye wont se any difference anyway on high jpg and tiff on the pc

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