Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D600 vs 1Ds Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D600 vs EOS 1Ds Mark III

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,663 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D600
2,900 LPH
EOS 1Ds Mark III
2,100 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Features Key features of the Nikon D600  vs EOS 1Ds Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D600
25,600 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark III
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D600
35.7 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark III
41.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D600  vs EOS 1Ds Mark III 

8.3
8.9
Colors are extremely accurate and, as mentioned above, the automatic white balance system does a great job of keeping color neutral across a wide range of lighting.
EOS 1Ds Mark III

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D600  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP 21 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4016 5616 x 3744
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 41.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
TIFF
RAW
NEF
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,900 LPH 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,900 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 39 45
Cross type focus points 9 19

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 141 x 113 x 82 mm 150 x 160 x 80 mm
Thickness 82 mm 80 mm
Weight 850 g 1,385 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Nikon D600  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark III 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.76x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 5 fps
Battery life 900 1,800
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5616 x 3744, JPEG, 56 shots
5.5 fps
Focus lag 260 ms 69 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 45 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 500 ms
Nikon D600
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