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While the Nikon D800 can be described as a professional grade camera, the Nikon D600 is a shade lower and can be dubbed a professional cum hobby level camera.
Both the cameras are digital SLR cameras. While the former is priced at $2999.95, the latter is a shade cheaper and costs in US $2099 for the body and $2699 along with the 24-85 mm lens.
- 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.
In conclusion it can be said that the D600 is designed for somber photographers who found the D800 and other comparable cameras just too expensive. Check out the best prices of Nikon D600 and Nikon D800 from here.