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Nikon D600 vs D800 DSLR Comparison

We compare the Nikon D600 Full Frame DSLR vs the Nikon D800 Full Frame DSLR.

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When rumours broke about the Nikon D600 photographers who were about to buy the professionally specified D800 held back to see what the fuss was about. And now the camera has been officially announced we can see what this top-end consumer model offers.

Nikon D600 vs D800 DSLR Comparison:
The D600 has a full frame 24.3-megapixel FX-format sensor in a weatherproof body, like the D800, but the camera is smaller and 150g lighter. This will be welcomed by those who would prefer full frame but cannot be doing with the heavy weight.

There's no CF card option, but that's less of a disadvantage for most these days.

The top shutter speed is 1/4000sec so the D800 has the edge with a 1/8000sec speed, but in reality how often do you shoot at that speed?

The key difference is resolution. The sensor on the D800 is a whopping 36 megapixels whereas this one is 24 megapixels. For the pro shooting billboards those extra pixels will make all the difference, but for most photographers 24mp is more than enough.

Pros shooting action may also find the 51 focus points of the D800 allows them more accurate focusing.

At the time of writing the D600 is about £400 less than the D800 so if you're up for saving your cash most of you won't be disappointed.

Nikon D600 vs D800 DSLR Comparison: Nikon D600 Vs Nikon D800 Size Comparison Top

Top view of Nikon D600 (left) and Nikon D800 (right), photos to scale.

Nikon D600 vs D800 DSLR Comparison: Nikon D600 Vs Nikon D800 Rear Size Comparison To Scale
Rear view of Nikon D600 (left) and Nikon D800 (right), photos to scale.

Comparison Table

Nikon D600Nikon D800
ManufacturerNikonNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1x1x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)36.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)60167360
Pixels (H)40164912
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeFull FrameFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm36.5mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution921,000 dots910,000 dots
Touch ScreenNoNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Manual
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 2560050 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Bracket
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
MagnificationNo DataNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5.5fps4fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS60, 30p, 25p and 24p50,30,24
Stereo SoundNoYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 3
Wi-FiNoNo Data
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • CF1
  • CF2
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • CF
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • TIFF
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL15AA, EN-EL15, EN-EL18 and EP-B5
Battery Life (CIPA rating)900shots900shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-25 battery charger, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-21 rubber eyecup, BM-14 monitor cover, BF-1B body cap, DK-5 eyepiece cap, AN-DC8 strap, UC-E15 USB cable, ViewNX 2 CDEN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-25 battery charger (AC wall adapter supplied only in countries or regions where required), Strap (AN-DC6 for D800, AN-DC6E for D800E), UC-E14 USB cable, USB cable clip, BF-1B body cap, BS-1 Captu
Dimensions
Weight850g1000g
Width141mm146mm
Height113mm123mm
Depth82mm81.5mm
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Comments

Britman Avatar
Britman 17 1.7k England
13 Sep 2012 11:49AM
Just flagged on twitter, neither camera is waterproof. Weather sealed yes. Waterproof implies in can go underwater.
Pete Avatar
Pete 22 18.8k 97 England
13 Sep 2012 12:33PM

Quote:neither camera is waterproof. Weather sealed yes.

Thanks yes good point - changed
Nick_Hilton Avatar
Nick_Hilton 18 599 2 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 12:48PM

Quote:Pros shooting action may also find the 51 focus points of the D00 allows them more accurate focusing.




Should that be D800?
Coleslaw Avatar
Coleslaw 18 13.4k 28 Wales
13 Sep 2012 1:07PM
A bit confused on the specs.


Quote:Effective Magnification 0.7x

what does that mean?
StuartAt Avatar
StuartAt 18 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 3:35PM
Surprised to see that the D600 does not accept CF cards.
deegeephoto Avatar
14 Sep 2012 9:56AM
With such an important side-by-side comparison it is surprising and disappointing that this review doesn't show these two cameras accurately scaled for size. viz "top view of D600 (left) and D800 (right) not to scale."
It seems strange that with all the technology on hand today that the two cameras could not be scaled the same? The result is that if the reader doesn't understand the quoted text, that they may think the D600 is actually larger than the D800!
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2012 7:46AM
Hi, we have now added images showing the cameras to scale, thanks Josh
ClevaTreva Avatar
16 Sep 2012 3:25PM
So, at a 400 price saving, the D600 is worth the saving. BUT, you can pick up a D800 UK stock model for under 2100 now, and the D600 is still 1955. Would YOU buy the D600? Only 1/200 x-sync speed compared to 1/320 on the D800? That makes a heck of difference when using studio and flash lights. True, the D600 has got some welcome changes, that we could hope appear on future Nikons, but I cannot be convinced a saving of less than 150 is worth it. So I picked up a D800, which after a bit of haggling, I got for under 2000 for cash. Tell me I was wrong.
josa Avatar
josa 11 25 Czech Republic
16 Sep 2012 6:41PM
Looks like D800 JUNIOR....I give up a full frame hype because of the price, we have new Sigma or an "old"Fuji X100 and that's fine with me.
pw21 Avatar
pw21 12
19 Sep 2012 6:02PM
Very disappointed with the price of the D600. After all the hype of the past few months about the D600 being a cheap intro into the FX market - the price of 2299 (euros in Ireland) for body only is far from cheap. I have a good old reliable D90 should I wait for the D400? Does anybody know when the D400 is being launched and what the spec is? or is there going to be a D400 at all?
Tord Avatar
Tord 11 Sweden
22 Sep 2012 6:09PM
I think the D800 is a lovely camera, while the D600 is probably be the next camera I'll buy! Like the D3200, nothing special, except the price!
Tord Avatar
Tord 11 Sweden
22 Sep 2012 6:57PM
I think the price will tumble, in a few month's time!
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