I have been a Nikon user for almost 5 years, and it seems like that the digital camera world took a giant leap since then. Cameras became more advanced and expanding the photographer's capabilities and meeting the requirements of all levels of photographers from beginners to professionals.
Recently, whenever someone wants to enter the photography world and asks me about what camera to start with, I simply say, close your eyes and pick one according to your budget, and you'll never go wrong. Saying that, if a question came from someone asking to enter the full-frame arena, then I will definitely tell them to go to the D600.
Want a full frame Nikon?
Why should you choose the Nikon D600 over the D800 ?
- 24 MP should be more than enough for you (I have been in the Nikon D700 with the 12 MP and I print up to A0 and think it's doing great). If you shoot alot , then the 36 MP resolution in the Nikon D800 will be a hassle for you and you better get ready for a multi-terrabyte storage solution.
- Lighter and easier to carry around. (Although most full-frame pro lenses are heavy and bulky)
- Approx $1000 cheaper than the D800, which you can invest in a new lens.
Why should you choose the Nikon D800 over the D600?
- If megapixel matters a lot to you, then 36 MP will really make a difference when you make large prints.
- More robust and well built camera body, the D800 body is fully made of mag-alloy which makes it more tolerant to abuse and harsh use. While the D600's body contains mag-alloy on top and back only.
- HDR and exposure fusion fanatic? Then you'll definitely find the 7 shots more advantageous and will help you get better resolution on high-contrast scenes (especially if you love nature and you like to shoot directly facing the sun)
To sum up, I believe the new member in Nikon's family really adds value and it will open the door for more photographers to enter the full-frame arena. And you can always go and compare the cameras in www.dpreview.com as you'll find all what you need to make the decision yourself.