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| p.1 #1 · D600 vs D800 first impressions |
I have had the D600 since it came out, and just purchased a D800 for comparison sake. I planned on either:
A - returning the D600, as I had 60 days to return ( I doubted this option would play out)
B - returning the D800, if I found the differences to be only minor ( I assumed this option would happen)
I wanted to share some observations for those who are thinking of upgrading from a D600, or downgrading from a D800.
I shot an event this weekend with both bodies, using:
80-200 AF-D 2.8
16-35 G F4
85 AF-D 1.8
I honestly thought the D600 was going to be a "bargin D800." Save ~$1000 for only a few extra features, and for 50% more megapixels. I can now say this is not an accurate assessment of the cameras. Here is what I noticed.
Auto focus was noticeably faster with all lenses on the D800.
Shooting indoors with low light was incredibly more enjoyable with the D800. Even before the comparison, I felt the D600 was fairly poor at focusing in low light situations. I am not talking ridiculous 12800+ ISO conditions, just normal indoor shots.
The D600 has seemed to have poor focusing in general. I am not talking about bad technique leading to unsharp or out of focus images. I mean failing to gain focus before taking a shot, leading to missing shots. This has happened more on this D600 body than any other body I have used. D70, D300s, D700, D3 - none of them had as many "missed opportunities" as my D600.
It is not as though the D800 was the most incredible camera I have ever used. But it was just as reliable as any other Nikon I have had. When I composed a shot and hit the shutter - it focused, locked, and snapped.
I do not know if it was just a bad copy of the body, or a bad overall design but the D600 was a big letdown. It will be on its way back, the D800 is here to stay.