The difference between Nikon D600 and Nikon D800
When it comes to investing in a camera your usage and specifications are important, but especially the price as the DSLR’s get upgraded all the time, as the D600 is two-thirds the price of the Nikon D800. I have listed the difference in specifications:
- The D600 is equipped with 35.9 x 24mm Full Frame FX format, 5.95µm pixel size, image sensor, the D800 has a sensor size of 35.9 x 24mm Full Frame FX format CMOS, 4.88µm pixel size.
- The D600 gives a picture resolution of 6016 × 4016 (24.3 effective megapixels), the Nikon 800 boasts a picture resolution of 7,360 × 4,912 (36.3 effective megapixels).
- Both the D600 and the D800 are equipped with The Nikon F-mount which is a type of interchangeable lens mount developed by Nikon for its 35 mm SLR cameras.
- Both the cameras feature the same flash which is Manual pop-up; guide number 12/39 at ISO 100 (m/ft). Similarly both the cameras have the same electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter.
- The shutter speed range of the D600 is 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec the D800 differs and is the shutter speed is 1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
- The exposure metering of the D600 is through the lens metering, 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor. The D 800 has TTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II with a higher rating of 91,000-pixel RGB sensor.
- Both the cameras are able to do metering in three modes-Matrixes metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering.
- The D600 uses a 39-point AF system compared to the D800′s more sophisticated Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF and this is a very big drawback with the D600
- Both the D600 and the D800 has Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M) modes of focus.
- Both the cameras feature optical pentaprism viewfinder with 100 % coverage.
Nikon’s D600 Digital SLR Camera
Nikon’s D600 Digital Camera body features a full-frame 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor in a compact form-factor. That means the D600 is both slimmer than a traditional HDSLR and more budget-friendly. And with a full-sized sensor also comes a powerful engine; the EXPEED 3 processing system enables features such as 5.5 fps continuous shooting at full resolution. Also, compact as it may be, the D600 still fits in a 3.2″ LCD monitor.
The D600 also has other hardy features that allow the camera to stretch for the photographer’s needs. Such features include a wide ISO range of 100-6400, which is also expandable to 50-25600. This allows shots to be captured in a variety of lighting situations, from low-light to bright, with minimal image noise. The camera also has 39 focus points for wide-area AF coverage for both stills and HD video capture.
Other ways that the D600 enables the photographer to focus on the job at hand include features like Nikon’s well-known metering and onboard intelligence. The camera uses the company’s intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II for beautiful, high-def images. This metering takes into account brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors for accurate, balanced photos. The i-TTL flash, auto white balance, subject tracking, and autofocus all come into play as well.
The D600 is an HDSLR, featuring 1080p HD video capture. Selectable frame rates include 30/25/24p at the highest resolution and 30/25/24p at 720p. Other useful features at the photographer’s disposal for shooting movies include manual exposure control, full-time AF with face-priority, dedicated inputs for a stereo mic and headphones, Simultaneous Live View, and then some.
The Nikon D600 is compatible with F-mount NIKKOR interchangeable lenses (both FX and DX-format), giving the photographer a wealth of options. Additionally, the camera can be used with Nikon’s WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter for wireless transfer of images to a smartphone or tablet. The adapter can even be used for remotely capturing images with the D600 using the compatible app.
Compact Full-Frame HDSLR
Full-frame, high-resolution performance is available in a compact, affordable HDSLR – the D600. The camera’s 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor captures every detail with lifelike sharpness. Its EXPEED 3 processing system manages all that data with speed and accuracy, enabling up to 5.5 frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting at full resolution. The camera also features a fast power-up (0.13 seconds) and minimal shutter release lag (0.052 seconds). And the low-light performance synonymous with Nikon is again proven deserved-shoot crystal clear images from ISO 100 to 6400, expandable down to 50 and up to 25,600 for extreme situations.
Highly Accurate AF System for Superior Sharpness
The D600 has 39 focus points that provide wide-area AF coverage and offer seemingly endless compositional possibilities. The 9 cross-type sensors and 7 center focus points work all the way down to f/8.0 for extended AF functionality with teleconverters and long-reach lenses. When shooting photos or HD video in Live View, Nikon’s responsive contrast-detect AF activates for accurate full time auto focusing.
Metering and Onboard Intelligence
The D600 delivers consistently beautiful still images and HD videos, thanks to Nikon’s intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Its 2,016 pixel RGB sensor evaluates every scene, taking into account brightness, contrast, subject distance and the scene colors, all within the time it takes to press the shutter release button. That data is then referenced against an onboard image database for consistently accurate exposures, auto white balance, i-TTL flash and subject-tracking autofocus performance.
Cinema-Quality HD Video Projects
Shoot 1080p HD videos with selectable frame rates of 30p, 25p or 24p and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. Bend time with 720p HD at 60p, 50p or 30p for ultra-smooth video playback of fast moving subjects, or create slow-motion footage during post processing. Maintain your creative vision with manual exposure control, full-time AF with face-priority and subject tracking, dedicated inputs for a stereo mic and headphones, still image exporting, and much more. Enhance all that with the dramatic perspectives and depth-of-field control of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses.
Built-In Accessory Terminal
On the opposite side of the camera’s dual memory card bays you’ll find the various sockets and ports including everything from audio jacks to USB. Under the flap designated “GPS” is the same accessory port used for both the GP-1A GPS Unit and MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord (both sold separately). While there is no 10-pin terminal, the MC-DC2 enables remote firing of select D-SLRs, including this D600, so you won’t bump or vibrate the camera when taking photos. The GP-1A geotags your images so you can record latitude, longitude, altitude and time information. Allowing you to plot your images on map software and retrace your steps.
Share Images Easily with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
Using the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter, users can automatically send great pictures to their smartphone or tablet and even remotely capture images from the D600. With its simple app, now when you can’t wait to share that great image, you don’t have to. Share it to your smartphone or tablet in an instant
Nikon D600 Highlights:
- 24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 3 Processor
- 3.2″ LCD Monitor
- 1080p HD Video Capture
- 100-6400 ISO – Expandable to 50-25600
- 5.5 fps Continuous Shooting
- 39 Wide-Area AF Focus Points
- Stereo Mic & Headphone Inputs
- i-TTL Flash
- Wi-Fi Connectivity with Optional Adapter