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
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
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Picture Control Landscape
User-customizable Settings
User-customizable Settings
Storage Media SD
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
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)
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)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
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)
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
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
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Color Outline
Color Sketch
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-Eye Correction
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
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)
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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  • Can’t help but think of the D7000 when I look at the D600. Personally, regardless of the FX sensor, it’s the same thing. Not worth upgrading from a D7000 imo.

    • Hyphen

      Agreed. They even crippled the bracketing the same way.

      • Bracketing

        Bracketing is crippled??!??!

        Awww man…. =[

        • Bracketing

          Well, they did increase to 2 EV stops max, even though you can only bracket 3 images. Which is interesting for those making dynamic images. 3 can suffice.. But I usually use 5 images when bracketing in weird lighting situations.

    • jake

      I personally tried it today at Nikon Osaka , it was surprisingly good , I did not expect it but I decided to order it.

      I have the D7000 , the D800e and D700, but I like this body better than any other Nikon that I own now.

      I guess I will sell my D700 and go D600+D800e ASAP.

      • Meh…


        • …nah, I’d say troll.

          • BartyL

            I’d say you’re both wrong. Looks like an astro-turfer to me.

      • GQT

        In most cases, people are just too judgmental. Just because the D600 has some features that they are accustomed to, it doesn’t mean that it is a less capable camera. The D800 got a lot of bashing too during its rumor and release stage.

        Just be fortunate that Nikon has a budget FX camera that it offers to those who are not willing to spend on a D800. Canon users only wishes that it offers something better than the rumored specs of the Canon D6.

        But then again, nobody is twisting anyone’s arm to buy their product.

        Nothing new and nothing has change; just people whining at something that most likely don’t even have the intention or the money to buy. They are just all talk.

    • Nickp

      If you shoot video it’s a big deal being able to shoot 30fps at full res as opposed to only 24p at full res like the D7000

      • alex

        Thanks for this “Video-Comment” here. As a Designer, concentrating on Film/Video, but loving Photography, I was really enthusiastically looking forward getting this 600.

        I was frustrated, after I heard the price.
        And I am confused reading the comments about similarities to the 800/7000.

        As all my colleagues are shooting Canons, I would love to hear more “Pros” for this Cam, as I am Nikon user.

        I will check the 600 Wednesday in cologne… 🙂

    • I held one today. It feels nothing like a D7000 in the hand. It’s considerably bigger than the 7000, but not as hefty feeling at the D800.

      I have an 800, and may add a 600 as a backup if I can get more paid gigs.

      • Not Surprised

        Thanks for this review! I was wondering about that. The D7000 feels too small for me.

    • scurvy hesh

      D7000 owner here. The advantage of the full frame sensor is everything. Now all my AI-s lenses will behave the way they should. Also looking for forward to a full frame camera that has a similar button layout to the D7000 as well. This is the camera I have been waiting for.

    • RC


      • scurvy hesh

        SMH? What are you? 12?

        • RC

          I know you are but what am I?

  • malez

    spent sometime with a d600 today. (pre production)

    the only real gripe you’re gonna have with the d600 is the dx framed autofocus points.
    apart from the un-fullframe coverage, focus is quick, and accurate.

    handling is better than d800, grip is shaped more ergonomically.

    • flesix

      If it is true that the autofocus points cover less than half the width and hight of the frame, it’ll be a knock-out for me – and I’ve been really looking forward to buying the d600.

    • jake

      yeah , I hoenstly agree with you , the D600 felt much better than my D7000 and a bit better than my D800 in my hands.

      actually, I thought I would disike it but I actually liked it and I am getting it on 18th of this week to replace my old (3.5 years old) D700.

      • el_jake

        If you sell your D700 I might be interested 🙂 let me know

    • Erica

      Well, on my D7000 I mostly use 1 focus point, so if the D600 cover less than half the widht I don’t have a gripe with is. I mostly do achitecture, nature and portrets, so I hardly ever use the multy focuspoints anyway.
      Why are people so dependend on those focuspoints anyway? It’s not like they are all professional sportsphotographers. The D600 is for the amateur enthousiast, a pro will go for the D4 if he needs speed IMHO

      • Sandman

        I guess it all depends on what you shoot.
        Anything thats fast enough to not allow time for focus recompose procedure, can benefit from well placed multi focusing points, as long as working with the same precision as the center one.
        When using f1.2 or 1.4, even the camera move, caused by focus recompose procedure, might give some undesired focus displacement, a portrait can be a perfect example.

        Saying that, you can do a lot with the focus recompose technique, the more you’ll practice, the better you’ll be, but, there is always a limit.

        • Josh

          Trouble is the D600 is not a “budget” camera. It is $2100 for the body. I envy anyone who is on a such tight budget that they can drop that kind of cash on a toy for their hobby.

          • Sandman

            I said nothing about the price!
            As far as I’m concerned, I’ll not buy it at current price, but, unfortunately, it seems that $2099 is a very popular cipher nowadays, even with less to deliver.

          • Delayedflight

            Josh you have to understand that it’s all relative. The D600 is a ‘budget’ camera compared to its full frame equivalents.
            Also believe it or not a fair number of people do have ‘that sort of money’ to drop on a hobby.

            • RC


            • Thin Testes

              The AF situation is something I’m going to pay close attention to in the plethora of oncoming reviews.

              The focus, recompose technique as previously mention, could with fast primes wide open result in some disaster images I guess, but, at 24mp there is always the option of recomposing by cropping in post…

              I may well get this camera early 2013 when I hope to see UK prices more closely resemble those over the pond, i.e. they need to drop between £500-£600.

          • PHB

            There are people who spend $2,000 on a dress they will wear once. Often to a charity ball.

            I don’t get bent out of shape by that situation. But what does get my goat is when people with money to burn like that suggest that they are more important than people struggling to make ends meet. The billionaire who pays 14% tax who suggests that the economy would do better if people like him paid even less in taxes.

            $2100 is what I paid for my D300 with an 18-200 lens (which I sold). That seems like a reasonable price to pay for a piece of equipment that has worked flawlessly for four years.

            Seems to me that Nikon has actually got the price on the D600 exactly right – for their shareholders. It is just high enough to make me seriously consider whether to buy the D800 instead.

      • Syd


        Horses for courses regarding inner or outer focus points. Like you I use only the centre focus point then recompose. But generally a 39 focus system is inferior to a 51 point system not specifically because of the shear number, but usually the 51 point system focuses much better in poor light, either low light (night) or low contrast (backlight).

        I would prefer in order a 51 point low light system (my D700 or reportedly D800) or a one point low light system (no such system exists i think)


        a 39 point hobby AF like my D7000, which is only useful up to a point
        what I fear the D600 may be (tho it remains to be tested)

        • Aldo

          recomposing after focusing on the center is a good technique but it has its limitations. Having a broad area of focus points always helps get your subject razor sharps as opposed to this technique.

          • syd

            agreed, but truth be told most cams have cross type sensors only on the middle verticld zone so focus-recompose is sometimes more reliable then using outside zones which are not as accurate. is why i say horses for courses.

        • Pablo Ricasso

          You say the 39 point system isn’t any good in the dark. But this one works with an F8 lens, and the other doesn’t. So most likely this one screams compared to the other. And yes, they both have 39 points…

    • Syd

      I gotta wonder if all these people spend time with a preproduction D600 and focus -shoot -peep-order D600 -sell D700 then willregret it.

      I can’t tell yet but I can guess that the D600 will focus like a D7000 in low light, i.e. like a blind dog. Maybe some don’t need it but I wouldn’t be an early adopter of a D600 and sell a D700 just yet.

      • bigeater

        I have a D7000 and it definitely focuses slower than even my D200. On the other hand, it has focus adjustment so it focuses more accurately. Everything is a tradeoff.
        And in reply to @Erica, I use the outer focus points almost exclusively. It’s the best way to ensure that you get a useable composition, otherwise, I wind up with the subject of the picture too close to the center which can be boring.

  • I personally think the D600 is a great looking camera, however for people looking to upgrade from the likes of the D7000 it seems too much of a small upgrade. much like the d300 – d300S

    It will appeal towards a market of people aiming to upgrade from a D3100 or D5000 but it seems Nikon are embracing the pixel war which we all know is not important, i also feel like this camera is just a what happens when you merge the senser of a D3X and take everything else from a D7000.

    Personally if i was going to buy a full frame camera i would get the dated D700 or go further and buy the D800, being a Nikon fanatic myself however i have no doubt that it will be a great camera i just think Nikon are giving more variety in there consumer/professional market.

    this of course will always have pros & cons as does anything in life.

    • Andrew

      I agree with your general point, but the pixels do make a difference. When looking at real life shots for both pictures and videos, they are noticeably sharper for higher MP sensors such as the D800’s 36 MP versus a 24 MP sensor when compared side by side. But of course sharpness is wasted if you do not have good image quality and as you alluded Nikon should not disappoint when it comes to IQ. In contrast, you will also get a sharper image if comparing the D3200’s 24 MP sensor versus the D3100’s 16 MP sensor. Besides the D600 being gutted somewhat, Nikon intimated in one report that the D800’s ISO may slightly exceed the D600’s. This is surprising since the D600 has larger photosites and thus should collect more light. It’s Sony made sensor is reported to have enhanced ISO performance. I hope Nikon is not doing something additionally to further differentiate the D600 from the D800.

      • Jabs

        The D3100 has 14.2 megapixels.

    • jake

      hi, I thought like you before actually tried it today but it was surprisingly good , very well built and very fast, and most importantly noise much better controlled with the D600 than with any other Nikon that I have personally used.

      I am sure the D4is better but I never shot D4 in real life yet , so I am gussing this D600 thing is the best Nikon high ISO camera ever made , it is better than the D800e ,the D700, the D7000 and the D3.

      so, please try it yourself , then I think you will have different optinon about it .

      the d600 is a great camera , great bargain body.

      • Kevin Robinson

        “this D600 thing is the best Nikon high ISO camera ever made , it is better than the D800e ,the D700, the D7000 and the D3. ”

        Say what?!

        Are you on drugs?

        Get out of town…and get real

        • PHB

          Actually, the specs say it is the best performer in low light even though the ISO setting does not.

          The sensor efficiency is exactly the same as for the D3s, the site size is half as big so the ISO rating is cut in half. But the D600 is going to be able to deliver a 12MP final resolution image with a noise level the meets or exceeds the D3S.

          Which is exactly what you would expect for a new camera released 2 years later.

    • Jabs
      • Zeke

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the D600 sensor was even better. We’ll have to wait and see.

        People are having a hard time getting used to today’s low-end electronics outperforming yesterday’s high-end electronics.

        Look at the D7000 versus the D2x. I know which one I’d rather make images with. All that magnesium and weather-sealing and excessive weight don’t make one bit of difference to image quality.

        • Jabs

          Yeah, technology moves on and with Expeed 3, each new Nikon usually surpasses the older models, so I expect the D600 to surpass the D3X except in maybe low light and autofocus performance.
          All the other Manufacturers need to get their own digital pipeline like Nikon has, as that seems to make the most difference in new bodies.

    • Travis

      So d700 was a too small upgrade from d300 for you? The differenc between d600 and d7000 is bigger then between those two cameras! People on ths site are just idiots. At least some of them.
      Canon 5d mk 2 was even more critisised at launch but it did not stop it from becoming #1 bestseller on full frame market. I think this nikon will be the top selling full frame camera for next 3-4 years.

      • RC

        IKR! The difference between the D600 and D7000 is HUGE! HUGE!!!!!!!

  • malez

    high iso noise from what i’ve judged from the on camera screen, is comparable to d800, could be slightly better i’m not sure. best to wait for review sites that test this type of things intensively.

    auto mode is very clever and really usable. it gives good results, with and without flash fill.

  • Kevin

    Looks like a d7000 but like Acorn said not worth the upgrade just yet. Good for people using D80/D90 or D300/D300s. Quite a good mix of capabilities. Literally only differ in focus points and high speed sync.

    Would have consider if I knew this was coming…

    • syd

      I currently own a D7000 and D700 which together do everything D800 does, but not in the same camera.

      D600 coupled with the D700 now do everything as above but in FX.

      All in all, it might be better just to pay a little extra and get a D800. For some people thismight be a clearer path.

      For others (like me) I don’t mind having two bodies so D600 is not an upgrade, just a replacement for D7000 when it needs replacing.

      I think this was a natural move by Nikon, however I lement the price hike. If D7000 dies, then we have to fork out more cash for replacement.

  • juan

    The most important part is yet not specified which is the dynamic range…

  • Nippon

    Made in Thailand ………………………………. Made in Japan.

    • mala

      …and your point is?

    • jake

      my copy that I tried today at Nikon Osaka was made in Thailand.
      I think it is good and no worry about in where it was actually made .

    • Calibrator

      No focus problems ……………………………. Focus problems

      • Fishnose

        Piss off troll…………………………. totally piss off troll

        • DogOnABoat


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  • malez

    compared to d7000, the files produced is on a whole different level, totally uncomparable, d600 files compares better to the d800.

    word of warning, you’ll need good fx glass for that.

    • jake

      yeah I honestly argree with you on all your points.

      the D600 was a better camera at least for me than the D800e and the D700.
      I immediately decided to sell my huge and ugly 4 y/o D700 after I tried my D600 today.

      in fact even if the prices for the D600 and the D800e are exactly the same , I would go with the D600.

      I much prefer 24mp fx to 36mp fx sensor and I may sell my d800e for another D600 if I feel I can be very comfortable without my d800e.

  • Glenn

    The specifications are so similar that, on that basis alone, the D800 would hardly seem worth the extra $900 here in the USA.

    I’m sure there’s more to it than that… I know that the fit and finish of the D700 was completely different than the D7000. The former felt solid, where the later (in my opinion) felt “plasticy”.

    Can the same thing be said of the D600 vs. the D800? What other differences exist that aren’t obvious in the specifications alone?

    • jake

      >Can the same thing be said of the D600 vs. the D800? What other differences exist that aren’t obvious in the specifications alone?

      the main differences :

      1 the D800e build better (but hey so what? how long do you have a plan to use the same body for?)

      2 the Af of the D800e was a bit better more accurate in low light than the Af in the D600.

      3 the max shutter speed of the D600 is just 1/4000 , not as fast as the 1/8000 max shutter speed of the d4 or the d800e.
      4 the VF of the D800e was better.
      5 normal max flash speed was a bit (a stop) faster with the D800/e , but you can always use PF or external fash flash anyway.
      6 the D600 shutter life is 150000, while that of the D800/e is rated as 200000.

      But really main difference is the D800/e’s beefier grip and a bit better over all build quality but again, how long do you expect to have the same camera for?

      I replace my camera every year or 2 , so weaker lighter build of my d7000 and d600 doe not annoy me at all.

      It is a digital camera and I think noone expect it to last more than 5 years or so.

      • RC

        I certainly expect it to last at least 5 years! My D300 is about that old, and it’s nowhere near dying.

  • Oberhorst

    @nikonrumors: Little correction

    – D600 exposure correction is not possible in 1 EV steps only up to 1/2 EV
    – D600 exposure bracketing is possible with up to 3 EV steps, not only 2.

  • Thank you for the comparison! Still think that the D800 is worth the extra money. We’ll see more tomorrow at Photokina.
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  • D800 manual P94:

    Auto-area AF: The camera automatically detects the subject and selects the focus point; if a face is detected, the camera will give priority to the portrait subject.

    Even though the D800 specs here list it as not being able to track faces except in live-view, it can. I wonder if the D600 will be able to…

    • I was just about to comment on this very thing. I wonder why PDAF Face Detection isn’t listed in these specs for the D800. It works extremely well for the D800 and D4. I’m willing to bet the D600 has it as well. Although, this was a feature of the new Advanced Multi-Cam 3500FX module. Maybe Nikon didn’t include this feature in the new Multi-Cam 4300FX module?

      • Calibrator

        Are you sure that face detection is built into the Multi-Cam and not the Expeed chip?
        Of course a “lower” body with the same Expeed chip could still be intentionally crippled…

        • Expeed has nothing to do with face detection. Couldn’t actually. Expeed is responsible for all transform operations (demosaicing, applying colour profile, tone curves, ADL if enabled, etc.) This is how it looks like:
          sensor -> memory buffer -> Expeed3 -> storage buffer -> storage
          Focusing and all the important settings are done before the data reaches the EXPEED asic. Think of Expeed on chip post-processing.

          • Calibrator

            OK – thanks!

    • jake

      yeah, you are right , I forgot that.

      but in contrast AF mode the D600 AF faster than the D800/e.
      and the D600 seems to AF faster in video mode too.

  • I sold my D700 because i want a camera with video. The lenses has been in the bag too long already! I have only fx lenses . The D600 is the choice as far as I can see now. The only thing I think it is a litle bit to expensive. the price is 3060 us dollar in Norway.

    • mok

      right, price in norway is quite a higher than in usa
      but it is same for all europe
      if you are nit in a hurry then i suggest you wait for D400 or upgraded D7000
      This can be nice option for you, and your FX lenses will thengive less winieting

      • BornOptimist

        Don’t compare Norwegian prices with VAT against US prices without VAT.
        If you compare prices without VAT, then the difference is not that big.

        • ericnl

          it’s not the tax-free-Dollar vs tax-included-Euro prices that irritate us Europeans. it’s the fact that in the US the D6oo costs 70% of what the D800 costs. and in Europe the D600 costs 82% of what the D800 costs.

          translated to US pricing:
          D600 – $2475 (instead of $2099)
          D800 – $2999

          so somehow we are paying an extra $400 premium on the D600 compared to the D800.

          • Actually it’s also unfair to compare the European SRP of the D600 with the current street price of the D800. Wait a few months and the D600 will certainly be below 2000 Euro.

            • ericnl

              why is that unfair?
              the D800 has been out in the US as long as it has been out in the EU, so comparing the percentual differences in price between D600/D800 in EU to the percentual differences in price between D600/D800 in the US makes total sense…

      • Calibrator

        No, the price isn’t the same in all of Europe.
        Additionally, Norway isn’t a member of the European Union and doesn’t have the EURO so a different currency exchange rate will likely apply.

    • jake

      if video is your thing, then go for the D600, it has better video AF than the D800.

      • Calibrator

        Care to elaborate?

      • Mandrake

        Just at what point do you get off with your uneducated dribble and of the cuff statements, you shill-boy?
        And no, you never owned D800 otherwise you won’t be disiminating misinformation of an envious pre-schooler….

        Shame on you.

        • Ken Mockwell

          Well said.

          This thread is full of his cr@p, some posts of his bordering on ridiculous.

        • Fishnose

          I suspect that ‘jake’ is the old D800 AF troll with a new strategy.

  • stormwatch

    D600 rocks from bottom to top! The New D300, D90 and D700 in one superb little package!

    • NC_mike

      I agree – as long as for the non FX crowd upgrading from a body such as D300/s don’t care or want to move to FX – you are right on the money and probably what Nikon intended as far as the D600 target market goes.

      I own a D800 and I have to say I am very impressed with the D600; it is very similar in many respects and obviously what the extra $900 USD is buying is mostly more pixels and a few other features that bests the D600 such as the higher max shutter speed, better build quality and so on, but to many buyers those are not decisive points (for me, things like the D800 5:4 mode with in viewfinder masking and some of the other features exclusive to the D800 are important, but we all have our individual preferences).

      The D600, on paper, appears quite respectable when held up to a D800 (still need to see the noise characteristics, but I expect it will be be good), and would made a great backup body for someone like myself – thought my second body is going to be a D4 for its amazing low noise and high speed shooting 🙂


  • Phil

    People saying it’s not an upgrade regarding the D7000 don’t get this one is FX.

    • RC

      I totally agree. Going from DX to FX itself is HUGE.

  • Bare

    Is there anywhere picture of D600 and D800 body side by side? I want to know how much smalller D600 is.

  • Trung Hoang

    Still have question, why does Nikon place D600 a square rubber eye-piece viewfinder ( always use for Nikon DX before) not the rounded one ( always use for Nikon FX before, included film camera , D3 series, D4, D700, D800 ?)

  • raizee

    In Denmark the D600 body is $2,983.64 USD and the D800 body is $3,159.62 USD.

    This means that the D800 is only 5,89% more expensive than the D600. In the US that difference is 42,81%.

    • henk

      About pricing. Here in Holland:

      D800: E 2600,-

      D600: E 2150,- (i suppose it will go down quickly in a few months)

      • The prices here in Slovenia:

        D800 body: 2 600 € (3 410 USD)
        D600 body: 2 000 € (2 620 USD)

        • jake

          it is a lot of money!
          why do you guys have to pay that much more than people in the US or Asia?

          • John


            • Calibrator

              VAT isn’t the whole story. You have to factor in the currency exchange rate to the Yen.
              I’m not convinced that warranty is a major factor, though, and transport costs and localization costs can be largely neglected.

            • raizee

              VAT (sales tax) does not explain why the D600 and D800 basicly costs the same in Denmark.

          • hombreee

            Because of 2 year warranty.

            Prices in Slovakia:
            D600 – 1.999€
            D800 – 2.500€

            But IMHO prices of D600 will drop to 1.800-1.900€ in next months.

            • Fero

              Prices in Slovakia:
              D600 – 1.999€ 1 881,89 € 😉
              D800 – 2.500€

          • hombreee

            And because of VAT (prices are including VAT). In Slovaikia it is 20%.

  • Zachery

    Also missing from the comparison is the actual flash sync speeds. The biggest disappointment of thr d600 is a low, 1/200s sync. Everything listed as higher is done through one proprietary hack or another and is meaningless to those using studio lights.

    BTW, those interested in size comparisons can use

    • Andrew

      Nikon stated that the D800 is not the D700 replacement. It is now clear that the D600 is not the D700 replacement. So you need not get disappointed. Nikon will release a D700 replacement and it will be priced $700 higher than the D600. Nikon is basically saying that there will not be a cheap full frame sensor camera (FX) for professionals.

      • BornOptimist

        Sorry, but I don’t think the D700 is going to be replaced at all. There simply is not room for a third camera in this segment.
        (nor will we see a true D300s replacement).

        I will keep my D700, and D800 nor D600 has tempted me to change.
        For me, the D700 is as close to perfect as it’s possible to get.
        When it has done it’s service, it will be retired by the side of my precious F100.

        • Andrew

          With all due respect (to all those that are lauding this camera), the D600 is an intruder and an impostor in this segment. It does not belong there as far as professionals are concerned. This is not how you build a camera for professionals. Nikon is being very explicit that this camera is not for professionals, so let us take them at their word! And as for the D800, everyone knows (including Nikon) that it is the D3x replacement. But Nikon will not admit it, not when they were hoodwinking people out of $8,000 for the D3x.

          • Andrew

            So removing the 24 MP D3x in this segment leaves a void that a consumer camera (i.e. the D600) cannot fulfill. This means that a D700 replacement (i.e. D710) will be needed to join the D800 in this segment. This should happen sometime next year.

            • RC

              Are you a professional? Does not belong? I’d be more than willing to take on a challenge with a camera like this. Please tell me how this limits a “professional.”

            • Nikon Fan

              Andrew, you are absolutely right.

              Nikon is calling the D600 a consumer camera so should we.

              We are still waiting for the D700 replacement, and it is not the enthusiastic D600.

          • gav

            That is such a ridiculous statement. So now I can’t buy it because I am a working photographer?

            It’s a bloody tool for taking photos, not a status symbol for crying out loud!

            May not have all the bells and whistles or be quite as tough as some models but it is a perfectly good camera. Get real man!

            • Fishnose


              And besides, if ‘status’ and looks are an issue for some people, they can always put a grip on it. Then it’ll look real pro and they can be so cool.

            • Pablo Ricasso

              Yeah, yeah, yeah.

              It sounds like someone definitely needs to GET A GRIP.

      • jake

        maybe your right but I think Nikon will not release any direct D700 successor because the D700 ate a lot fo D3s market.

        Nikon has said that if there hadnt been a D700 like camera , Nikon would have made much more profit on the D3s.

        • Andrew

          Jake, the D600 is a place holder in the $2,000+ price range until the D700’s replacement (i.e. D710) is released. Nikon’s intent is to eventually sell the D600 at $1,699 because it is a consumer camera with some high-end features. The D600 will hit a street price of $1,999 as soon as all back-orders are fulfilled, and will drop to $1,799 before the D710 is released and then settle down at $1,699 (body). Nikon needs a professional 24 MP camera, namely the D710, which will sit between the D4 (16 MP) and the D800 (36 MP). This camera will have a higher ISO performance than the D800.

          The D800 is a premium product which redefines Nikon’s pricing structure at $3,000 because of its high 36 MP sensor. Do not let the D4 distract you, Nikon is likely not generating close to the sales on this camera as they are on the D800. Nikon will likely release the D710 at $2,795. They now know from the release of the D600 that there is no need to keep the price any lower, and I assure you, the D710 will be highly profitable to Nikon at this price; if not, more than the D800!

          • Pablo Ricasso

            And it might do 7 or 8 frames a second WITHOUT a grip.

      • Fishnose

        Nikon has no obligation whatsoever to release ‘replacements’. Their ONLY obligation is to create and market products that sell well and make a profit for the owners.


        That’s how reality works, you see.

    • John

      The 1/200 sync speed is a huge disappointment. Only Nikon’s low-end DX cameras have max sync speeds that slow.

      Also the lack of a 10-pin connector.

  • SR

    I wonder if one other difference will be that the D600 will have a focusing system which isn’t defective on most of the cameras.

  • I, for one, am very excited for the D600. My primary camera is an old D80, so no matter where you fall on the D7000/D600/D800 line, I think it’s clear I’m due for an upgrade.

    As a prosumer, the ability to transition to FX without requiring me to immediately swap my DX lenses is a boon. While I plan to replace my 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 with an FX walkabout lens soon, I’m still using a Tamron 11-18mm f/2.8 which would have to be used exclusively at the long end to avoid vignetting.

    The D600 will allow me to transition to a full FX camera in the future. Even if I don’t opt for such an upgrade, I’m still afforded the opportunity to upgrade to better glass over the new few years, which everyone can agree is a step in the right direction, regardless of camera body.

  • Mark

    Could someone tell me definitely: if I were to use D600 in DX mode with DX glass like my 18-50 F2.8, would I get materially better images than with my D90? Or since only the central part of sensor is used, it won’t make a material difference?

    What am gaining with D600 over D90 with DX glass – better ISO? Processor IQ?

    • thomas verbeke

      the D600 is a very nice upgrade from the D90 even with DX glass; indeed better iso,… but every new camera improves on that. I don’t know if it’s better with DX glass compared to the D7000. Let’s just wait a few days for that.

      Btw anyone notice that the 6D (canon) is going to be announced soon; looks like nikon wins this one tough (on specs that is).

      • jake

        yeah I noticed that Adorama is now taking pre-order for the Canon but I think you are right , this Canon6D or whatever called is overpriced and it is really like lower grade body than the D600 is.

        maybe the Canon is a true entry level FF and the Nikon is a mid grade FX?

    • umesh

      Not much of advantage as for mp are concerned but DR and general ISO advantage would be huge because of latest state of the art sensor used .

  • redwilly

    @nikonrumors — you forgot the normal flash sync speed

    D800 kills the D600 if they were the same price, but they’re not, so the D600 is a great value if it’s good ’nuff 4 u + u can’t afford the D800. It’ll sell like hotcakes.

    D800 has better AF system w/better focus point coverage + CAM module is faster, 1/3 faster flash sync, 1/8000 shutter, better controls, better build+weathersealing, better bracketing, better viewfinder displays, USB 3.0, yes more pixels. More pixels = better downsampling for noise + detail + reach. Upgrade from D7000 to D600 & u downgrade your telephoto reach back to a D80. 200mm becomes 150mm with the D600.

    D600 has the advantage of price + frame rate. Compact size/weight is misleading. It’s almost as big as a D800 just .4″ taller it’s NOT compact like a D7000. It’s 5 oz lighter but 5 oz won’t make a difference with a 70-200 or even a 24-120 attached to a 29 oz body.

    • yakker

      I’d much prefer the bracketing on the D600 better. Why Nikon persistently can’t allow their higher end cameras to handle more than +/- 1 EV is beyond me.

      At least the D600 shows they’ve solved the daunting technical challenges behind +/- 2EV.

  • DaveyJ

    Answer to Mark: For still it won’t make much of a difference. As soon as you attach any DX lens it switches to the central part of the sensor. To me, given that I’d just use my DX glass on my D7000, where there would be no difference. The video on the D600 may be better even in the DX mode than the D7000. However that is just a first impression and further tests will answer that question much better. I suggest you look at Thom Hogan’s comparisons.

    • Mark

      Thanks Davey!

  • Peter Davies

    I really have to move on from my faithful old D200. I went into Jessops in London today and got my hands on a D600. For comparison, I also grabbed the D800. I much preferred the feel of the D800 (the controls were also much closer to those of the D200 so less of a user-change for me). The pricing in the UK at the moment is D800 between £2200 and £2300 (discounted from £2600), D600 around £1950 (£1750 by Christmas?). I think I’m going to go from the D200 + 17-55 f/2.8 to the D800 + 24-120 f/4 and also get shot of my old 80-200 f/2.8. With 36 megapixels, I can crop wholesale. If I really need more light, I’ve still got my 50mm f/1.4.

  • J

    The flash sync speed of the d600 – 1/200…
    The flash sync speed of a 5d mk3 – 1/200…

    d600 : 1/4000 shutter, ‘iso’ 100
    d700: 1/8000 shutter, ‘base’ 200

    Dynamic range : Has been tested by techradar. However more tests will reveal themselves in the next few weeks.. See link below. There’s also a Signal to Noise ratio test on there.

    d600 is pretty damn good..

    I’m not sure why people complain about the square eyepiece vs the circular eyepiece… aren’t the frame viewing coverages identical with the d800?– Superglue a piece of rubber that’s shaped like an octagon for all I care..

    The d800 is a completely different animal.. I would think that it’s more of a ‘specialty’ camera more than an everday shooter. I think it’s great that nikon is giving us more options. Professional shooters are complaining that the d600 simply isn’t enough–Why is this? I don’t understand how the d700 can be compared to the d600 in terms of image quality. Side by side captures are more than enough evidence for me to make my mind..

    d700: released and targeted for professional shooters back in 08′
    d600: released and targeted for dx users looking to step up to fx.

    At the end of the day, nikon can’t please everyone. Are people just mad that d600 is in a d7000 shell– therefore it must contain ‘inferior’ qualities ??

    • RC


      These so-called “pros” have to dig really hard to find excuses. When they find them, they can’t find real world evidence to back them up.

    • gcoz76

      Thanks for the pointer to the noise charts. I did a similar comparison with the images posted on ‘imaging resource’ but it was not as clear. This seals the deal for me since Thom Hogan has commented that the video capability is ‘very high-end’ — which is the other feature I need.

      I’ve been following the D600 discussion since the early $1500 rumor — which I never believed. The D600 is pretty much what I expected all along although the $1899 price expectation was more palatable for me.

      It’s been interesting to see the let-down following the release. While some might label the criticisms as ‘whining’ ( and there is some of that ) it’s also understandable from the pro community that is looking for a D700 upgrade.

      I consider myself a ‘serious enthusiast’ not a ‘consumer enthusiast’ as Thom Hogan has classified the market segment of the D800 and D600, respectively. Unfortunately, I haven’t the time to commit since I have a six-year old girl and five month old twin boys. So the latter classification is probably where I am at the moment. For now, I hope to capture their childhood memories and, in so doing, get a bit better at photography.

      I am coming from a D90 & 35/50mm 1.8 — which I love. If I had a stable of high-quality lenses – the D800 might get more consideration. I have the 24-120 f/4 and 50mm 1.8G FF lenses and would rather use the $900 toward the 28/85mm 1.8G, 16-35 f/4 and 70-200 2.8.

      My two cents…..

      Thanks folks for all your comments.

  • Calvin

    I see there’s some D800 users already here and a lot of other Nikon experts who already know a lot about these 2 cameras. I wanted to see if anyone can tell me the difference between the D800 and D600 Focus Modes. The only thing that the D600 doesn’t have is “Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only”. Is the video below the only thing that’s not on the D600?

    Does this mean I have to constantly press the shutter button to focus on the D600? This could be a game changer for me when considering the purchase of the D600. Thanks in advance.

    • Calvin

      ***** Let me correct myself.

      I wanted to know if “Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only” is available in real time video recording mode and not just a still photo shooting mode.

  • John

    Got to have a round eye piece for the D600 or for that matter any Nikon Camera with a rectangular view finder, surf on over to Boca Camera. Scroll down to Viewfinder parts and you should find what you want for between 6 and 8 bucks.

  • Ulrich

    @all D90,300 and 7000 users who complain…

    Why complain ? If you don’t see any improvement by the D600 be happy. You don’t have to spend money for a new camera.

    What you get is a FX camera. More bokeh, better high ISO (look at the examples at, larger viewfinder image ( a big point for me), more useful fast prime (standard and wide) and wideangle options and more pixels. If all this is not appealing for you, simply don’t buy.

    The only real annoyance for me is its initial price in Europe. The small price difference to the D800 here makes it difficult not to prefer the D800. Better AF module, more rugged construction, longer shutter life make this camera more attractive even if the higher pixel count doesn’t matter for my personal needs. And – if the Über-Camera will come in 2 years – the D800 will certainly have a better selling price as used item. Thus I will go with the D800. Others, in the US or people in Europe who can wait for D600 prices to drop might see these things different…

    • SB


    • RC

      + 1

      If those users actually tried the D600, they will be silenced with their jaws dropped open in awe at the results.

  • So there you have it, your D3x in a D7000 body at 2000$ is here. Still complaining ? I guess it goes to show that people can never be pleased.

    • EastOfGratiot

      PERCISELY! Those are exacly the two cameras I always wanted to combine and now we have it.

    • Big J


      There were plenty of people asking for such a camera (including myself) that wanted such a combo in order to reduce costs for an affordable entry-level FX. Not disappointed in the slightest. Although gotta wait awhile till the prices drop.

    • RC

      +1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A lot of people will find something to complain about, but for the most users, the D600 has a good feature set. If it isn’t good enough, cough up the extra $900 and get a D800.

    • Jeff Lewis

      Agree 100%

  • Sylar75

    Noooooo…. Why crippe the bracketing?!? Probably going to get this camera anyway but why Nikon?

    • RC

      Do you use it often? If not, just manually do it from the RAW images.

  • Maji

    From preliminary calcs, as presented by Bill Claff, the DR for the D600 matches that of D800. If I was looking to replace my D700, the DR and the MPX, would be good enough reasons to do so. Agreed there are lot of compromises to be made, but again life is full of them. One has to prioritize what he/she needs and make compromises based on that.,D800

    Those who don’t know Bill Claff’s work, please look him up on DPR and his previous posts. Again, wait for the cameras to show up in your local store so that you can test them and then decide.

    • Ron

      Thanks, Maji. Seems to be the one thing nobody anywhere online is talking about in regards to the D600: image quality. Seems to say a lot about the state of photography (generally speaking) today.

      Kind of sad, really.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        STRONGLY agreed. And the image quality is SUBLIME.

  • I Hate Everybody

    I would buy a D800 if it came with the very convenient custom controls U1, U2, Ux.
    I may consider a D600 if it would be better weatherized and some specs were not crippled.
    How about a really large cache/buffer? (lots of more memory costs just pennies!)
    I definitely wont allow to be mobbed/bullied by the camera manufactures again and again.
    Do the team within Nikon talk to each other? or is it the marketers that sour our lives and livelihoods?
    P.S. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an open/user programmable camera OS, menu and features?

    • StartLovingYourself

      I would rather have a modular camera, one could chose the body, the sensor, AF chip etc… and upgrade the components as needed!

      • Shawn

        +1 ad infinitum!

      • RC

        There’s a reason why they don’t do it that way with cars. You get a lot when you buy a new camera. The upgrade module you have in mind would probably cost an arm and a leg.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        You COULD if you went medium format. But it’s expensive and much more cumbersome to use.

    • Can you convince me of the use of the user functions? They are on my D7000 and I really wanted to like them, but just cannot find any advantage. How do you have them set up and how do you use them?

      • ericnl

        – both: aperture priority, as wide open as possible.
        – U1: 1600 iso, U2 400 iso
        – both: RAW+JPG M
        – U1: JPG settings to greyscale, U2: JPG set to vivid
        – U1: AE-L/AF-L button set to focus (lock), U2: focus with shutter button

        and some other minor tweaks for sharpness, contrast, etc.

        the different colour settings fot JPG is mainly to quickly show me at the image review in which setting (focus mode, iso) I am shooting, without having to look at the top dial, plus I really like reviewing my photos in b/w (I mostly shoot on the high iso settings).

      • The U1 & U2 banks are the best features of the d7k and d600. Lots of people asked for this feature to be included in all high-end Nikons, but alas… You can completely repurpose your camera with a flick. Here’s how I use it.
        U1 – I do interiours and landscapes a lot. U1 is set to ISO 100, Single point AF, F8, RAW output.
        U2 – Auto ISO 100-3200, lowest F number, Continuous AF with 21 af points active, and the AE-L button function set to AF-ON (to decouple focusing from the shutter release).

        Thus I can quickly switch my camera from shooting stills to capturing moving subjects. This is very nifty, changing all the above settings would take ages without the U1-2 banks.

      • U1: strobism. Preview button set to recall commander mode menu, Fn button set for Fv Lock, Manual mode.

        U2: tele/difficult light. Manual mode, AutoISO.

        See, the triangle exposure has three sides: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. With the great EasyISO function enabled on the D7000, on modes S, A and U2 each control wheel selects a side of the triangle, and the camera automatically chooses the third factor to attain proper exposure:

        S mode: front wheel sets ISO, back wheel sets shutter speed, camera chooses aperture.
        A mode: front wheel sets aperture, back wheel sets ISO, camera chooses shutter speed.
        U2 mode: front wheel sets aperture, back wheel sets shutter speed, camera chooses ISO.

        With long focal distances and difficult lighting (indoor shows, for instance), set the shutter according to focal distance, aperture for light gathering versus DoF and sharpness, and exposure will be set by the AutoISO. Works great. Not many cameras can do this.

      • blubbeli

        Don’t forget the ultimate feature of U1 and U2:
        U1 and U2 don’t ever change. And if you know their exact setups you will always be able to recall them in an instant.
        In PASM modes, you never know whether you recently turned on some feature that will mess with you (exposure delay mode for instance).

        Apart from that, for me:
        U1: Aperture priority with Auto ISO from 1/60th on, f/8 –> Outdoor shooting
        U2: Manual mode with Auto ISO –> indoor shooting.

        I only use the M mode otherwise for tripod shooting because it remembers my settings. Making the best of both.

      • Thanks, all. Your replies are really interesting and have inspired me to play with them a bit more. Considering the amount of snide bickering and carping that goes on around here it was great to get so many detailed replies.

        I think I can see how the presets are useful when you have all those tweaks and options you talk about setting. I am probably still not really making use of all the options. This is my first digital camera and I still really only think in terms of four controls on a camera; meter mode, shutter speed, aperture and shutter release. Most of the time I just set it to record raw and use the camera more or less like a sort of autofocus FE. Sometimes I look at the information on the D7000, get a panic attack and want to run home to my Bronica SQA!

        I am definitely going to go back and experiment a bit more. Thanks again.

  • Russ

    D600 has advantage of proper video frame rates too, like 25 and 50fps.

  • Photog_Manny

    YAY…..This 600 camera is a nice upgrade for me…..I am impressed with all the features and that its the first lightweight FX camera out……Great job Nikon!

  • Paperman

    No dedicated ISO & WB buttons ?? 🙁

    • R8R

      Look closer?

    • sprub

      Same as the D7000, they overload the buttons on the left of the LCD.

      For exemple, hold the ? button and thumb to change the WB.
      The one that’s missing is BKT but I simply assigned it to the Fn button.

      Once you get used to it instead of the top buttons, it’s as fast.

      The only annoying thing is that when the LCD is ON, the buttons revert to their native feature. That should be as setting IMHO but I survived !

      • krr

        bkt is right below the flash opener at the front …

  • Jason

    Does anyone know why the chart on this page:

    Says that only 147 14-bit lossless compressed NEF files (at 29.2MB each) will fit on an 8GB SD card? By my math, it should be somewhere closer to 280. I realized that file sizes will depend on the scene but to be off by almost 100% seems wrong.

    • babola

      I can fit about 100 NEF 14-bit lossless compressed images on a 8Gb card in my D800, so I’d say it’s about right.

    • sprub

      Nikon seems to calculate the file size by shooting a white noise screen…

      Real life is always waaaay higher.

  • JohnJohn

    Seriously? Is that we call specs? Compare it to 5D Mark III and you’ll realize Nikon is a scum. Don’t upgrade – MOVE to Canon before it’s too late.

    • M.K pics

      CANON TROLL^^^^^^^^CANON TROLL^^^^^^^CANON TROLL^^^^^^^^

      Get off the Nikon board!

    • tnt

      DxOmark ratings…enough said!

    • boring

      Sorry, 5DIII price just went up again, it was getting almost convincing at $2700.
      It would only have to drop a little bit more.

    • RC

      Ignore this guy. You’re satisfying him by replying.

  • Kim

    Can you resize the D800 so the Lens mount ring is the same size as the D600? It would really help me get a fair comparison of their size difference. Keep up the good work, I visit your site a hundred times a day.


  • Banksie

    I never realized how ugly the D800 is…. it looks like somebody with really bad posture and slumped over shoulders.

    Still waiting for a pro model with 24MP max. Maybe the D4s? And with two card slots of the same type, please.

  • burgerman


    Less noise? Nope, my D800 is as good as my D4 was. So it went on ebay. Dont need a machine gun to take pictures. Dont believe it?

    Took this of my desk, just now, dark room, hand held, 6400 ISO, 200mm lens, with off board flash laid IN THE PICTURE to show how much noise a D800 has. This is just a JPG from camera, with too much sharpening added in PSP on my old laptop…

    More detail? No, because 24 will give less. As did the D4. Shoot a nikon D800 at 9, or 20, or 36. Theres no downside to more resolution. Just more choice. Better detail, more crop or straightening, or lens correction capability with less degradation of sharpness.

    Seriously why would you want less detail? You can always throw that away afterwards if you want. But you cant get it back. Some people dont understand physics.

    • GQT

      @burgerman- wow! That’s a huge file but at least you back up your claim with a picture.

      Most of the comments that I’ve been reading are mostly “noise”. Just a bunch of complainers really. Even if Nikon provides a specific product that meets their preferences, they won’t still buy it since the don’t have the dough to get one and will complain why it was too expensive.

      Get real folks. Nothing is cheap anymore if you want better quality.

    • Banksie

      It has nothing to do with understanding physics, sorry. I want a D3s/D4 body with no more than 24 MP. And yes: faster fps, better build, more ergonomic and stronger robust shutter, etc., etc.. I work in the motion picture industry as a still photographer (long time IATSE member.) I need something that works under adverse conditions. And I need the D3s/D4 and not a slower D800. It just doesn’t work for me.

      It has absolutely nothing to do with what you want or need, Burgerman. I need something to replace my current D3s which is close to its (now second) shutter life. I’d be fine with a D4 but could use a bit more pixel dimensions and with the same card slots. People need different tools for different reason, it’s as simple as that. You should understand that.

  • john

    Does anyone have any comments on the shutter speed limitation of 1/4000 vs 1/8000?

    • J

      Shoot at base iso, 100.
      It’s same as the d700 1/8000 shooting at its base iso 200.

      Anything more extreme, sure– try iso 50.
      Still not enough? Put an nd filter on.

  • timon

    for most of the amateurs, the Nikon d600 is fully high specs and performance.

    For amateur who must get a shutter 1/8000s in camera? In 1996, I had bought SLR camera is shutter 1/8000s max. However, in fact years I have never used speed higher than 1/2000s. Moreover, the Nikon d600 is flash sync in 1/250s and 1/200s, which is actually 1/250s sync usable.

    I thought some people who is actually wanting a better price but a caterwauling, since they prematurely seen a rumored price US $1500, in fact it is impossible. The Nikon d7000 launched the price is US $1200 in 2010 Oct, then in today is a spacing in only $300 could get to upgrade a 35mm D600? (it is also d600 better, and the two years that JPY moved up a higher currency versus USD)

    In US market, the Nikon camera is already the lowest price of worldwide, but the Americans are still dissatisfied? I am slightly dissatisfied with the Americans enjoyed a better price than us elsewhere.

    • timon

      if you wanted a better price of d600 than currently, please wait for 2014.

      d7000 in Oct 2010 was US $1200, but current price is less than US $1000, a new d7000 (not a used or Refurbished), current street price in US market.

      • okay

        By 2014 everyone will be busy complaining about the rumored price and specs of the D610 or whatever other camera that is on the horizon.

  • For me the D600 is no strong buy. For 500 € more i can get a new D800 with better technics and a better body. I don´t like de D600, the D800 gives more opportunities to me.

  • satrio

    This is may a stupid question but, does the video mode in D600 enable autofocusing? I’m surveying for my d90 replacement.

    • RC


  • Weave

    Comparing the specs, I see just two advantages of the D600 to the 800.

    1. Weight

    but more important

    2. The remote control capabilities

    Its just a pitty there is no small and light wireless adapter fpr the D800.
    The WU-1 is kust geat. UT1 is a joke!

    • RC

      DPReview also said that the D600’s quiet mode makes it much quieter than the D800. That’s a huge plus to me.

  • D900


    Thanks, but minor correction – D800 can do same movie specs as what is listed above for D600 (ie 25fps for 720p & 1080p and 50fps for 720p). Maybe you only see these options if you select PAL?

    I don’t have the camera with me to confirm, but I have shot at these res/rates…

  • roberto

    i want to hear about the next rumor ……….nikon d4s with 24mp and nikon d900 with 16mp and nikon d400 with 24mp for 2013

  • Well, I’ve read a bit of the posts and I have to say that it’s quite clear that 90% of you haven’t tried this camera.

    I went to Jessops (UK) this weekend to put my hands on it and try it. Apart for dealing with a rather incompetent guy in the shop, what I really didn’t like about the camera are things I haven’t seen mentioned in these comments:
    1. Viewfinder: it’s incredibly small, quite dark and absolutely unreadable. It is effectively of the same size of my D90, but with an image that is almost twice bigger. Absolutely ridiculous!
    2. Top display is small and messy. I mean, it’s smaller than my D90. I know most of the info can be seen on the LCD, but honestly I use that display more often than the LCD for setting things on the fly.

    The handling is fine, for a person used to a small DX camera. However, I imagine, if you are used to bigger cameras, you will find the body rather small.

    To conclude, saving half a cm in length and half a cm in height and around 100g doesn’t really make much difference in your bag, isn’t it?

    • ..and the price difference in UK is around 100£ currently between D800 and D600!

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