Schonbeck: I just returned my Nikon D600 (and 85mm 1.8G) - was very dissapointed - the difference from the D7000 was close non existent. Look, feel etc. almost identical (now that is not something negative but when you pay twice the price you should get an improvement). Speed and general response was not as good as D7000. Image quality was solid but sharpness was huge dissaponitment and a step down from D7000. Same goes for exposure meetering that i thought was not as good as on D7000. Not sure if i got a bad example or if the firmware is not yet fully optimized. But as a D7000 owner i would never go for the D600. Instead i am starting to look at the A99 - i want something truly new and innovative that will challenge me to develop my skills. Just my opinion.
I actaully think Nikon is costing themselves money by making the video features on the D600 so close to those on the D800. One feature I have not used much is the video. I made several movies on my D700 and it was fun. BUt the little I have on the D800 is WAY superior! Everything I have read make the D800 video capabilities out as the new high mark for videographers. Now Nikon is offering the same capabilities at $900 less!
Schonbeck, I respect your opinion but I think you miss the point. I am currently a D800 shooter. I sold my D7000 and D300s to partially pay for the upgrade. The primary reason I upgraded was to move to full frame for things like it's superior low light handling. Don't get me wrong, the D7000 is great in that department but full frame is better. I can't tell you how much I am blown away with this camera! Full frame is 'da bizness as my girl would say. The color saturation and the superior image capabilities (as the preview says, 24 mm IS 24mm) and other FF features were hard for me to understand until I actaully started using mine. Having said that it is a learning curve to take pictures taht are as sharp as the ones on my D7000. I know that part of it is the higher pixal count is much less forgiving at 36mp than at 16 (I have tried in DX mode and the results appear to be virtually identical to the D7000). So I have needed to really work on makeing my platform more stable.