>Obviously if a body is $1,000 to $1,300 more expensive than >its lower priced counterpart, it must be better, right? The >logic seems sound to me.
I have the D600 and am loving it.
I think better is in the eye of the beholder.
For me, I'm no pro and love the quality, high iso, high pixel count I get from a camera that is very similar in size to my D7000.
The D800 I do think is better if you need what it has.
If I were a pro I would get the D800 w/o hesitation.
I like the small body, pop up flash, 24 as opposed to 36 MP and 2 SD card slot.
I used to think 12 MP was enough. My mind has changed on that. I think the D600 has enough for me, as now I am printing bigger. I realize I am not satisified with an 11 x17 print, and if I am going to hang artwork on my walls I need at least 20 x 30 inch prints and for some walls larger. The D600 is fine for this size and probably a little bigger. I think taking a hard look at your needs as opposed to which camera is better is a more rational approach to choosing the right camera for you.
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga