• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000

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Differences

Nikon D600 advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.78 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    25.1 vs 22.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,980 vs 1,067 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.2 vs 12.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.4 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    28 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Nikon D600

  • Less expensive
    $445 vs $1497
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Thinner
    34 mm vs 82 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    389g vs 1350g
    Lighter weight

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Great controls for amateur or pro; Good grip and heft; Impressive low-light performance; Very good dynamic range; Excellent battery life; Built-in lens correction.

  • Dust and oil spatter problem; Moire problem with certain subjects; Slower X-sync speed; Slow AF in Live view mode; Aliasing in videos.

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Nikon D600
Sony NEX-5R
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon 6D

Nikon D600
Canon 6D
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony NEX-3N
Canon 6D
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Nikon D600
Sony NEX-5T
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $548
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon D600
Nikon D610
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Faster RAW shooting
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D610
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D750

Nikon D600
Nikon D750
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D750
  • $445
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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