Nikon D600 vs Nikon D3

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D600 and Nikon D3. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D600
Nikon D3

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D600 were released 2012 and Nikon D3 was released 2007. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D600 Nikon 2012
Nikon D3 Nikon 2007

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "FX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Since both cameras have a Full frame sensor there will be no crop factor.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D600 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)
Nikon D3 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D600 has a 24,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3 has 12,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D600 24,3 MP 24160256 6016 4016
Nikon D3 12,1 MP 12052992 4256 2832

Nikon D600 has a 100 % larger resolution than Nikon D3. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D600. Nikon D3 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 25600 while Nikon D600 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D600 100-6400
Nikon D3 200-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D600
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D600 can shoot up to 5,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D600 5,5
Nikon D3 9

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D600. Unfortunately Nikon D3 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D3 weighs 1300 gr (equal to 2,87 lb) which is 71% heavier than Nikon D600 and its 760 gr (or 1,68 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D600 760 gr 1,68 lb
Nikon D3 1300 gr 2,87 lb