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| p.1 #2 · What does D800 offer *you* that D600 doesn't? |
Well, I don't own the D800 but I've used it a bit. I do own the D600 though, along with a host of other Nikon bodies. The D600 is an incredible little imaging tool, with outstanding IQ in almost all conditions.
But if you're asking what would make someone consider the D800 over the D600, I think a lot of people will point to the slightly more rugged and heavy build being one thing. The D600 is not going to be confused for an entry-level consumer cam, but at the same time, it IS lighter and more plastic-feeling than the D800. The controls are also very different, and especially for people used to the previous few generations of Nikon pro bodies (D2, D3, D4, etc)... instead of the "triple crown" button placement on the top of the camera, they've gone with the push-button-release type dials up there on the D600. Some might also point out CF vs SD cards as being a difference they care about. There's also the argument of 36MP vs 24MP. For me, 36 would be overkill for my needs, and also an unwanted drain on my computing resources and storage space. 24 was pushing things for me even, but my primary body is 12MP (D3S).
But I think you hit the nail on the head... "FOR MY PURPOSES". That's the beauty... nice to have choices and you'll never get a unanimous winner for all. The D600 suits my needs better than the D800, but if I was a different shooter, it might not.