Nikon D600 vs D700 and D800

by Enche Tjin on September 13, 2012

Nikon has just announced a new full frame (FX) DSLR camera. The camera follows Nikon D800 which was announced earlier this year.

Nikon D600 is an attractive camera for photography enthusiasts because the hardwares are balanced, the size is not too big and the price is not too expensive compared to other FX cameras.

Nikon D600 (left) significantly smaller than D800 (right)

Nikon D600 (left) significantly smaller than D800 (right)

So what’s so special about the Nikon D600?
Nikon D600 is relatively small and lightweight (760g without battery). At a glance, it looks similar to Nikon D7000 rather than a full frame camera. D600 has similar autofocus system which has 39 focus points. But the image quality on the D600 is better because the larger the sensor size. (Read FX vs DX). For those who are not happy with the picture quality of Nikon D7000, Nikon D600 is the answer.

How about we compare D600 to D700 & D800?
Nikon is smart enough to make all three cameras different weaknesses and strengths. D700 is more reliable for photojournalism who need a fast and reliable autofocus system.

Nikon D700 has a more sophisticated autofocus system with 51 focus points. D600 only has 39 focus points and only can shoot maximum 5.5 consecutive images per second (fast enough), while the D700 can shoot eight photos per second, especially when using the battery grip.

Nikon D800 has an advantage in image resolution because it has 36 MP. In addition, there is a D800E version who doesn’t has AA filter so it can produce sharper picture. D800E is ideal for studio or landscape that emphasizes detail and sharpness. Weaknesses of D800 are continuous shooting speed (only 4 frame per second), and $1000 more expensive.

Conclusion
Among the three, Nikon D600 is best suited for photography enthusiast and travel photographer. It is not too big and relatively light. Image quality is pro level. Nikon D700 is still the best for reportage / photojournalism, and D800/E is best for landscape and studio photographers who demand the sharpest and the biggest image output.

Basic specifications Nikon D600

  • 24 MP FX sensor
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 39 focus points
  • 5.5 photos per second
  • 2 SD memory card slot
  • The maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 sec
  • The maximum flash sync 1/200 sec
  • Price: $2100 body only, $2700 with 24-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (order here)

Download Nikon D600 manual

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