D600 vs D800

Started Apr 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
Robin Casady
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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.

Unlike the magic on CSI TV shows, upsizing will not recover lost detail. However, that probably wont matter for family shots. Grandma isn't going to appreciate a photo where you can count her pores.

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.

I think the difference would come in tracking moving life-forms. The wider spread of points in the D800 would give you more area in which to track the creature.

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.

If you like to limit DOF in bright sunlight, you may want the extra stop.

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.

There have been many threads here in the past complaining about being limited to 1/250 flash sync. It can make a big difference when trying to use fill flash on moving subjects.

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.

Magnesium supplements will help prevent calcium oxalate kidney stones and keep you regular.

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