Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D600

by Enche Tjin on March 27, 2013

Comparing Nikon D7100 with Nikon D600 reminds me of Canon 7D vs Canon 5D mk2. Technologywise, Nikon D7100 is more sophisticated than D600. Canon 7D is also superior than the 5d mk2. Eventhough Canon 7D and Nikon D7100 is significantly cheaper.

Looking at the price, D7100 is $800 cheaper. The price difference is caused by D600’s larger sensor: full frame or FX sensor. While the Nikon D7100 has a smaller sensor (DX). The size of the image sensor also affects the size of its viewfinder, so the viewfinder on the Nikon D600 is bigger and clearer. Another advantage is there are more high quality wide angle lenses available for FX sensor, such as Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/4 VR and fix 24mm f/1.4G and 28mm f/1.8G.

Left: Nikon D600, Right: Nikon D7100

Left: Nikon D600, Right: Nikon D7100

Actually, the quality of the Nikon D7100’s image sensor is far from bad. It has same resolution as D600 which is 24MP. You will also benefited from the absence of low pass filter, so that the image is sharper than other DX camera up to date. There is a risk though. When shooting tight pattern, moire can come out, and it would not easy to get rid of it.

Both cameras are pretty fast. Nikon D7100 excels with 6-7 frames per second. 7 fps only can be achieved in 1.3x crop mode. Nikon D600 has only 5.5 fps consecutive shooting speed, but its buffer size is bigger. D600’s buffer can hold 16 RAW photos compared to 6 of D7100. So, the D7100 will be out of breath after 1 second. Then, you have to wait until the camera finish writing the data to the memory card. Of course, if you take JPGs photos, it can last longer.

D7100 has more sophisticated autofocus system than D600. It has 51 autofocus points (15 are cross type). This autofocus system are very reliable and has been used in many Nikon pro-grade camera. On the other hand, Nikon D600 only has 39 focus points and the AF coverage area is quite narrow. Consequently, for journalism or sports photography, the Nikon D7100 is superior.

Recommendation: If you are looking for image quality and superior wide angle lenses, Nikon D600 is the best. If you want camera that is well-balanced for either still or action photography, D7100 is better. The extra benefit of getting D7100 is you can save around $800. You can use the extra cash to get high quality lens and accessories.

Nikon D600 advantage:

  • Full frame sensor (better image quality especially in low light)
  • Bigger viewfinder
  • Bigger buffer for continuous burst

Nikon D7100 advantage:

  • Faster continuous shooting speed
  • Pro grade 51 AF point system with wider coverage area
  • 1/8000 sec max shutter speed (compared to 1/4000 sec)
  • 1/250 flash sync speed (compared to 1/200 sec)
  • Better LCD screen (1.2 million dots vs 920 thousand dots)
  • Lighter (675 g vs 750g)
  • Smaller (approx 0.5-1 cm in every dimension)

Also read Nikon D600 review by me

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