After the launch of the Nikon D600, there was a lot of excitement simply because the D600 seemed like the perfect camera which was affordable and could prove to be the best next step from the D7000 and the D300 range.
However, with the launch of the D7100, the D600 seems to have competition. The D7100 cannot be merely seen as an upgrade to the D7000. It is being touted as the most advanced DX-format DSLR to have ever been seen.
Take a look at the detailed comparison between the D7100 and the D600 below and then decide which camera you want to buy.
The D7100 as well as the D600 have sensors that are 24MP. A full-frame sensor is found in the D600 and since it is bigger in size, it will lead to better quality images. However the D7100 has the common anti-aliasing filter and this ensures that the images are extremely sharp and fine.
The D600 does not support the DX lenses and so you will have to buy lenses separately for the D600. The DX lenses can only be used in the crop mode, but that way the power of the D600 cannot really be measured. The DX lenses, however, can easily be used in the D7100.
The D7100 as well as the D600 have an ISO range of 100-6400.
The pro-spec 51-point Multi-CAM 3500DX AF system, Nikon’s flagship innovation, is used in the D7100. There are 15 cross type sensors and the camera can function with the aperture reduced to F/8. This proves to be very beneficial when a telephoto lens is used along with teleconverters. A 39-point Multi-CAM4800AF sensor is found in the D600. The majority of the autofocus points in the D600 are placed in the middle of the frame, whereas in the D7100 the points are distributed along the sides as well.
There is not much to choose from here, as the D600 can shoot at 5.5 FPS and the D7100 can do so at 6 FPS. However, if you use the 1.3x crop mode, the shooting in the D7100 rises to 7 FPS.
Speed of Shutter
There is a range of shutter speed available in the D7100 and the range is from 30 seconds to 1/8000 seconds. This feature is not available in the D600 with only a speed of 1/4000 seconds available. This feature however is not beneficial for everyone and only those who shoot very fast moving objects will be able to tell the difference.
Display and Live View
Both the display screens are of equal size at 3.2 inches. There however are some extra dots on the LCD of the D7100 and this makes for brilliant high-intensity displays. The Live View of the D7100 has a new feature, the Spot White Balance. This is not found in the D600.
The D7100 and the D600 both capture great videos. However the D7100 has a very marginal advantage here as the camera can capture high speed 50i and 60i (interlaced) full HD movies by using the 1.3x crop mode.
The D7100 is a lighter and smaller camera but it is priced a lot more than the D600. However when you take into consideration the lenses, the D600 can prove to be expensive as well. You can use your DX lenses with the D7100.
Go through the points of comparison carefully and then make your choice. The D600 and the D7100 are both brilliant DSLR cameras from the house of Nikon. The D7100 is a more advanced camera with many upgrades but the D600 is still a solid full-frame camera.