Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D600 vs D3S

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D600
Nikon D3S
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D600
Nikon D3S
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,,, and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D600 vs D3S

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

Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
Nikon D3S
3,253 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D600
2,900 LPH
Nikon D3S
1,700 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
260 ms
Nikon D3S
197 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D600
54 ms
Nikon D3S
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D600
300 ms
Nikon D3S
120 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
5.5 fps
Nikon D3S
9 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D600  vs D3S 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D600
24.2 MP
Nikon D3S
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D600
25,600 ISO
Nikon D3S
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

Nikon D600
Nikon D3S

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

Nikon D600
35.7 microns
Nikon D3S
71.4 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D600  vs D3S 

For more advanced processing, Nikon offers the considerably more sophisticated Capture NX2, which is a truly professional-grade platform for in-depth raw and JPEG adjustment.
Nikon D3S

As detailed on the previous page, the Nikon D3S is a highly responsive professional DSLR camera that has great ergonomics, build quality and a fantastic feature set - but it’s the image quality department where the real news is.
Nikon D3S

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


8.6 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon D600  vs
Megapixels 24.2 MP 12.1 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4016 4256 x 2832
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 71.4 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 102,400 ISO
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,900 LPH 1,700 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,900 LPH 1,700 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 51
Cross type focus points 9 15
Supports continuous Yes No


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

form factor

Size 141 x 113 x 82 mm 160 x 157 x 88 mm
Thickness 82 mm 88 mm
Weight 850 g 1,240 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


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


Nikon D600  vs
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection


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


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


Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 9 fps
Battery life 900 4,200
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps
Focus lag 260 ms 197 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 43 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 120 ms
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