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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