Which is better? A Nikon D600 or D800? Mostly using it HANDHELD & with low light.

Started Oct 7, 2012 | Questions thread
OP Fathom Junior Member • Posts: 48
Re: Which is better? A Nikon D600 or D800? Mostly using it HANDHELD & with low light.

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I have D800E only.

I would have thought that if motion blur is a worry then use fast lenses, high ISO and VR lenses.

Use auto ISO and set min shutter speed high enough to counteract motion blur.

I don't quite get the motion blur argument. Any camera has motion blur. That's the whole point of VR lenses. It isn't a function of the sensor its a function of motion when taking the photo. The argument must then be its more visible on a D800/E than a lesser MP sensor. Not sure why that would be but it seems to be taken as true. However I would argue you would get better gain against motion blur by using VR lenses or a tripod/monopod.

I use my D800E for nightscapes, family photography and landscape/panoramas.  For kids type snaps these are usually handheld but at highish shutter speeds. Plus I use mirror lockup.

But then D600 has all that as well. I figure there is no D600E, that D800E is absolutely the best Nikon for image quality so if that is mostly important then get D800E. There is no D600E.

If you are the sort of person who will want the slightly better camera that the D800/E camera is you know you will not be happy with a D600 just because the D800 is that little bit better in all ways.

D600 though seems to be a superb camera. D800E is just that bit better and more polished overall.


Hi Greg

Thanks for your reply. Point taken. I'm sure the D800E would supposedly be more awesome than the D800 except that the official distributor here in our country, has only the D800 in stock. So it's only the D800 or D600 for me.

I'm sure mirror lock up would avoid motion blur more. If only that feature would just be as fast in processing images as flicking the shutter during celebratory events.

Should I be choosing the D800, I really have no choice but to ramp up the ISO to possibly a normal rate of 1600 instead of my usual 800 for low light situations. Max at 3200.

Maybe, it could be an advantage that I'm a Manual shooter. I only have to do my best to recall in shooting at higher speeds (even if the meter says I'm underexposed) when shooting with this camera while the D700 is on my other hand.

Your response is very much appreciated.

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