Nikon D600 or D800

jim_145jim_145 Posts: 1Member
edited April 2014 in Nikon DSLR cameras

Just joined and was just after some advice. With Nikon now offering to replace the shutter on the D600 for the D610 I've just bought a D600 with 24-85mm kit from Amazon for £1090. I know it's a good price but something in the back of my mind is telling me I should get the D800, now new they are around £1800 but I could easily get a mint used from ebay for £1400-£1500 body only. I just don't want to always think I should have bought the D800, is it worth shelling out the extra, I've held both and prefer the D800 but haven't shot with either so can't comment on image quality, etc, etc.....

Just don't know what to do :(

Any D600 owner out there, are you truly happy or regret not buying the D800?



  • paulrpaulr Posts: 1,176Member
    Sounds like your regretting it all ready, The questions is does the D800 suit your type of photography
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  • donaldejosedonaldejose Posts: 3,403Member
    I have both the D600 and the D800. To my surprise, I use the D600 about 90% of the time. It has enough megapixels to enlarge to 24 x 36 inches (remember the D4s is only 16mp), it is lighter, they have the same Nikon Picture Controls colors, it is good to ISO 3200 or 6400 (I just shot a series of portraits of a dog which recently lost an eye in an attack by a pit bull and I had to use lower level LED lighting at ISO 3200 to ISO 6400 because flash and brighter lights were bothering its remaining eye and the D600 produced beautiful colors without distracting noise printed to 11x14, couldn't ask for more). I just use the D800 when I am working off a tripod and want maximum megapixels in case I want to make poster size enlargements and beyond. Having shot both I do have a slight preference for the D800 control layout and I do prefer the D800 autofocus module. But I still grab the D600 90% of the time because I can work around its minor irritations. They really are minor. I think the D600 sensor is fantastic.

    D600, 50mm f1.4, 1/320th sec, f5.6, ISO 5600 Shot with colors VanGogh might have used if he painted it and which are favorite colors in artwork from the south of France. Trying to make a photo of a deformed dog still look cute and attractive.


    But there sure is nothing wrong with the D800. I am not criticizing it at all. It's great, just more than you need most of the time.

  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 5,596Member
    Jim_145, run a search on this question and you will find lots of discussions. The search button is in the upper right hand corner of your screen. This question has been asked a lot and bottom line, the answer is "it depends" how you are going to use the camera.
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  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    Welcome to NRF.

    Please execute Photobug suggestion.

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