D600 vs D800

Started Apr 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
Daniel Lauring
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Re: D600 vs D800
In reply to RhysM, Apr 5, 2013

RhysM wrote:

Ok so we all know the spec differences between the two cameras but i'm wondering how much they matter to someone who doesn't shoot a lot of sport/action but simply wants a very good camera to capture family events, holidays, etc in superb quality.

Ok so... (glass half full, leaving out the dust/left focus issues, assuming you get a good unit)

24 vs 36 megapixels - i'm thinking not really relevant as 24 is more than enough and on the rare occasion you may want to print a huge canvas you can simply buy something like genuine fractals and upsize.

Agreed.

39 vs 51 AF points - from what i gather this is an issue if you shoot in very low indoor light, but if you believe what is circulating on the internet the new firmware has improved this.

Not as important as the D800's better focus hardware and larger focus and metering area.

1/4000th max shutter speed - The D700 has 1/8000 with base ISO of 200 and no one complained about that, so i can't see the D600 having 1/4000 with ISO 100 base being a problem as it's effectively the same thing.

Not a big deal if you don't mind reaching for a ND filter.  It is only 1 stop of light anyway.

1/200 flash sync - I doubt the average photographer who fits within the above category would ever be caused a problem by the 1/50 reduction.

This is a big deal to some people who like to use the flash as an assist outdoors.

Magnesium front plate - i don't think many people will be hanging any HUGE lenses off their D800 nor subjecting the body to a lot of "professional" physical abuse.

Non-issue.

Thoughts?

I returned the D600 because I found it's matrix metering to be unreliable.  The D800 is much better in this regard.  I definitely could see a focus speed improvement with the D800 vs. the D600.  Enjoying the extra controls on the D800.

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