D600 vs D800

Started Apr 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
result42 Regular Member • Posts: 291
Re: D600 vs D800

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


I have D700, D3X, D800E.  For Quality 'family pics' all are overkill.  I would go with used D700 for $1400 or any of the DX cams.  If the goal is Landscape at > 19" I would go with either D600 or D800. I print large 24" X 36" or panos up to 24" X 90".  With D800 you can get a 24" X 40" single shot pano and it looks good.  I have single shot 24" X 34" iceberg shots in Iceland from D700 and it does OK as well.  Doesn't have the 3d look of D800 due to limited pixels near edge of objects (soft transition of instead of harsh transition for D700).

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