Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D600 vs 5D 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 5D Mark III

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

Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D600
2,900 LPH
EOS 5D Mark III
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D600
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
5.5 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D600  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D600
24.2 MP
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D600
25,600 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
102,400 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 5D Mark III
38.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D600  vs EOS 5D Mark III 

8.7
8.2
As we've come to expect from high-end Nikon DSLRs, the D600's core photographic features are found on or close to the surface of the UI in the form of dedicated control points.
Nikon D600

9.0
9.0
The Nikon D600 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
Nikon D600

9.0
9.0
These images are stored as movies that be played back at speeds of between 24 and 36,000 times faster, making the feature especially useful for the creation of time-lapse movies.
Nikon D600

9.0
9.0
Images shot up to ISO 1600 are largely noise-free, with even ISO 3200 producing minimal artefacts.
Nikon D600

8.3
8.2
On the right shoulder sit the status LCD, dedicated metering and exposure compensation buttons, the power switch circumscribing the shutter button, and a tiny video record button.
Nikon D600

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D600  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP 22.3 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4016 5456 x 4096
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 38.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
TIFF
RAW
NEF
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,900 LPH 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,900 LPH 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 61
Cross type focus points 9 41
Supports continuous Yes No

shutter

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 6 fps
Battery life 900 950
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
5.5 fps
Focus lag 260 ms 120 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 61 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 500 ms

video

Nikon D600  vs
EOS 5D Mark III 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,040 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 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.71x

form factor

Size 141 x 113 x 82 mm 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 82 mm 76 mm
Weight 850 g 950 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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