AF performance D600 vs. D800

Started Dec 10, 2012 | Questions thread
olyflyer Forum Pro • Posts: 24,292
Re: 'Better' is an opinion...

J Mankila wrote:

olyflyer wrote:

..... Never the less, I am also sure that the D600 is also a nice camera, just that the D800 is better. Whatever you or I prefer is a different question.

I agree that mostly, the D800 is the better of the two. However, the D600 has pluses over the D800, also. First, critical manual focusing in liveview is easier due to better image quality at high magnifications. Second, controlling external flashes with the integrated flash is easier due to the commander mode, which the D800 curiously lacks while the D4 also has it. From the reports it sounds like the shutter vibration is smaller with the D600 - mirror vibration is less of an issue due to techniques provided to sidestep it (and in any case, the effects of these two vibration sources probably won't reduce the resolution below that of the 24MP sensor). The D600 quiet mode is noticeably quieter than that of D800. And finally, the D600 is noticeably lighter and smaller, which is a bonus that can be claimed through the choice of the camera bag.

All these characteristics and features can be important for different uses. Conversely, I could come up with a similar list for the D800 pluses. The objective differences are there only to guide our true, subjective opinion.

Some of your conclusions are wrong but every system has advantages and disadvantages. The wireless control is indeed available in the D800. The conclusion about vibrations is wrong. A heavier camera offers more stability, and I think the effects of vibrations would be just as visible in a 24MP camera as in a 36MP. The D600 is quieter because it is more plastic. Even the D7000 is quieter than the D300s, not only in quiet mode, but in normal mode as well. The D600 is no doubt lighter if weight is a problem, but that's a direct disadvantage with heavier lenses and weight difference advantages are reduced (less impact) with heavier lenses. After all, 140g is not the whole world.

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