Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A7 vs D600

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Sony A7
10.0
Nikon D600
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, imaging-resource.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 5 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Nikon D600 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D600  based on its responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Sony A7 vs Nikon D600

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

Sony A7
2,449 ISO
Nikon D600
2,980 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7
221 ms
Nikon D600
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Sony A7
53 ms
Nikon D600
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Sony A7
1,700 ms
Nikon D600
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Sony A7
5 fps
Nikon D600
5.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Sony A7
340 photos
Nikon D600
900 photos

Features Key features of the Sony A7  vs Nikon D600 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Sony A7
24 MP
Nikon D600
24.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Sony A7
25,600 ISO
Nikon D600
25,600 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

Sony A7
0.71x
Nikon D600
0.7x

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

Sony A7
35.7 microns
Nikon D600
35.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Sony A7  vs Nikon D600 

8.0
8.7
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

8.3
8.3
The A7 incorporates the lower-resolution sensor in order to use Sony's hybrid autofocus system; Sony says that it couldn't put the phase-detection pixels on the 36-megapixel sensor for the A7R.
Sony A7

9.0
9.0

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Sony A7  vs
Nikon D600 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 24.2 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 6016 x 4016
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.8 x 23.9 mm 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 35.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
TIFF
RAW
NEF
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Phase detection
Focus points 117 39
Cross type focus points 25 9
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.71x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 5.5 fps
Battery life 340 900
Continuous shooting
5.5 fps
5 fps
Focus lag 221 ms 260 ms
Shutter lag 53 ms 54 ms
Startup delay 1,700 ms 300 ms

video

Sony A7  vs
Nikon D600 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Phase detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3.2"
Resolution 1,229 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 127 x 94 x 48 mm 141 x 113 x 82 mm
Thickness 48 mm 82 mm
Weight 417 g 850 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 None
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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