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Nikon D3 or D600 for sports photography

robert5 17 92 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2013 9:14PM
Would the Nikon D600 be good for sports photography or will the D3 be better.

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Graysta 13 1.1k England
21 Apr 2013 7:37AM
Look at the frame rate per second and that might hold your answer, the D3 & D3s where designed for sport's photographers and press work,if you need speed then they are the boy's for the job,
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 11:15AM
I second that. The D3 is the camera.
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 11:20AM
D3s, also better build quality than the D600. If you need more than the D3 or D3s then its the D4.
robert5 17 92 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 11:53AM
many thanks for all your comments D3 it is
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 12:02PM
look at the D3's over the D3.
robert5 17 92 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 12:10PM
Hi garth will look at the D3's many thanks
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2013 12:14PM
copied text from another site to show the differences.

D3s can shoot ISO 200-12,800 in native mode and ISO 25,600 (H1), ISO 51,200 (H2) and ISO 102,400 (H3) in “boost” mode (D3 is 200-6,400 with ISOs 12,800 and 25,600 in boost mode).

The Nikon D3s now features an “image sensor cleaning” technology just like in other lower-end cameras such as the D300s and D700 that vibrates the low pass filter and reduces dust on the sensor, without impacting the 100% coverage of the viewfinder.

A new 1.2x crop factor @ 8.4 megapixels is added for a “telephoto” effect for those who need the extra reach.

D3s can shoot 720p video (1280 x 720 @ 24 fps). The “rolling shutter” effect is greatly reduced, thanks to a new video recording algorithm in D3s.

D3s sports a much larger buffer that can continuously record up to 48 RAW images and up to 130 JPEG images.

A couple of new white balance and image parameters are added into the menu.

A new release mode “Q” (quiet shutter-release) is added, just like in D300s.

D3s is slightly lighter than the D3 (2.12 lb vs 2.7 lb).

Just like the latest generation of Nikon cameras, “Lv” (LiveView) and ”Info” buttons were added to the back of the D3s.
21 Apr 2013 5:14PM
Nikon D3 Smile

I have the Nikon d2x the model below the D3 definitely worth buying if your going to use it for sports photography.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
22 Apr 2013 8:46AM
It depends what you mean by "better" and to some extent what you mean by sports photography.
There are some sports where very high fps can be important but for many the sports the 5.5 fps of a D600 is more than adequate.
The D600 has a price advantage new compared to the D3 second hand, more resolution if your aim is large prints, better dynamic range, and better auto focus performance with small aperture lens combinations.
The D3 has a much more rugged construction for regular professional use and the high fps advantage.
If you can afford only one camera and intend to do a lot of general photography as well as sports photography the D800 might be a better option. If the body is primarily for sports photography then the D3 is the better choice.

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