Is Nikon D600 on the Horizon?

So far this year has been pretty hectic for Nikon. With three excellent DSLR camera bodies (Nikon D4, Nikon D800 and Nikon D3200), two superb lenses (Nikon 85mm f/1.8G and Nikon 28mm f/1.8G) and some accessories announced, it is hard to imagine that Nikon might introduce more DSLR cameras in 2012. While Nikon D5100, D7000 and D300s are all due for an update, our friends at Nikon Rumors are already receiving some early rumors about the possibility of a new budget full-frame (FX) DSLR from Nikon that will be supposedly announced later this year with the new “Nikon D600″ name.

Nikon D600

The key word here is budget – the Nikon D600 will apparently be marketed as a low-end FX camera at a very low price point. Currently, the cheapest DSLR from Nikon is the Nikon D700, which has a price tag of $2,199 USD (MSRP) and the new D800 sells for $2,999 USD (MSRP). The rumored Nikon D600 will have a very low price point, maybe as low as $1,500. Interestingly, this all goes back to some early rumors about the Nikon D400 (D300s replacement) being a full-frame camera. Could it be that Nikon will discontinue the professional DX line completely and replace it with FX? It is hard to tell at this time, but judging on Nikon’s history of replacing the D90 with a more advanced D7000, I would not exclude that possibility. So far I have been projecting that Nikon would continue the development of its pro DX line with a D400 DX, but if a budget FX camera comes out at the same or lower price point as the D300s, then forget about the D400 DX.

If the rumors are true, then here is how the new product line from Nikon would look like:

  1. Entry Level (APS-C/DX): Nikon D3200
  2. Upper Entry Level (APS-C/DX): Nikon D5100 (to be replaced by D5200)
  3. Mid-range (APS-C/DX): Nikon D7000 (to be replaced by D7100)
  4. Budget High-End (FX): Nikon D600
  5. High-end (FX): Nikon D800
  6. Professional (FX): Nikon D4

To be honest, this kind of roadmap makes sense to me. Manufacturing full-frame sensors is getting cheaper and considering the threats from the mirrorless market, it might very soon get hard for Nikon to compete head to head with mirrorless cameras with large APS-C size sensors. Image quality is already there, so it is just a matter of time until we see a fast and accurate autofocus system on mirrorless cameras. Hence, offering an expensive camera with a small sensor might not be a feasible option going forward. Personally, I would not want to invest much money in a high-end camera with a small sensor. I would rather buy a more compact solution that I can take with me everywhere I go, for the same money. If Fuji significantly improves its AF capabilities and fixes all the bugs on the Fuji X-Pro1, I don’t think you would want to put your $1,699 towards a heavy and bulky D400 DX, for example. Sure, you might have already invested heavily on Nikkor lenses, but at the end of the day (as we know from the smartphone market), smaller size, less weight and convenience win – and that’s exactly what the mirrorless cameras deliver in comparison to DSLRs. But that’s a different topic of discussion, so I will leave it there for now.

Let’s get back to the rumored Nikon D600. Here are the rumored D600 specifications (from this Nikon Rumors article):

  1. 24.7MP full frame sensor
  2. Weight: 760g (850g with battery and memory cards), the D800 weights 900g
  3. 3.2″ LCD with 921K dot with ambient sensor control
  4. HDMI output
  5. Video compression: H264/MPEG-4
  6. Full HD with 30p, 25p, 24p, HD with 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
  7. Viewfinder coverage: 100% for FX , 97% for DX
  8. Built-in AF motor
  9. Weather sealed body
  10. ISO range: 100-6400 (with Lo-1 ISO 50 and Hi-2 ISO 25,600)
  11. 39 AF points (with an option of 11 AF points), 9 cross-type AF points
  12. AF face detection
  13. Exposure compensation: ±5 EV (same as the D800)
  14. EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery
  15. 5 fps (same as the D700, the D800 has 4fps)
  16. 2 SD card slots with Eye-fi support
  17. Build-in retouching images functionality
  18. Built-in flash with sync speed of 1/250s
  19. Two user settings: U1 and U2
  20. Fn button
  21. Auto DX crop mode
  22. In-camera RAW editor
  23. Built in time-lapse functionality
  24. Possibly with build-in HDR
  25. New external battery grip

I personally do not care about most specifications here, except for a few things like sensor resolution and ISO performance. With a 24.7MP sensor and ISO 100-6400 range (same ISO range as on the D800), pixel level performance of the D600 should be cleaner than on the D800, but only if a newly-developed sensor is used. And if that’s really the case, then Nikon would be limiting the camera’s potential capabilities with the max 6400 ISO cap. Extending beyond ISO 6400 could potentially threaten D800 and D4 sales, so in a way it makes sense. There is also a chance that Nikon might reuse the Nikon D3X sensor on the D600 as well, since it has a very similar resolution (24.5 MP).

At this point, it is hard to say whether rumors will turn out to be true, but time will tell. We will keep you posted with any news regarding the D400/D600 cameras.

What do you guys think? Is Nikon really going to release the D600? And would you buy such a camera?

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Ashutosh
    May 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

    At that price point I would be seriously considering upgrading from my D90. Fingers crossed.

    • 6
      ) Wilfred
      May 24, 2012 at 1:26 am

      Same goes here….been hoping to jump on to FX, but on a tight budget…
      hope it really cheap enough..

      • 26
        ) Aldo
        May 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

        At this price point, the D600 will be the best backup camera for those who got a D4/D800, like me.

      • 68
        ) Tien
        May 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        I totally agree with you. I am also thinking of upgrading to full frame from my current D90 but really tight on budget. Have been looking out for D700 to drop in price but D800 is not helping it at all. If the rumors are true then D600 will be a sell out. or at least nikon can put me down for one of it.

    • 83
      ) Buddy
      May 26, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Me too! Sounds too good to be true. I was going to replace my D90 with the anticipated D7100. But I’d gladly take a full frame with otherwise similar specs.

    • 149
      ) Andy
      June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

      If the D600 is released in the D7000 body, I will not buy it, because it is too small to hold comfortably with heavy glass. My hands cramp with the d7000 and I am seriously selling mine soon. I wish the d600 would be released in the d700 body instead, a lot more comfortable with big glass.

      • 152
        ) Nelson
        June 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

        I too have the same problem as Andy.

        I hope the D600 will be a bit wider.

        I too have problems holding my (70-200/2,8) with a body like mine (D90), and feel much more comfortable with cameras like my F100.

        But having 70mm and not 105mm on the wide end is a greater priority for me. :D

  2. 2
    ) thhh
    May 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I’ve been seriously considering a move up to a FF camera for a bit now and would like to switch to a Nikon system. If the D600 comes out, I will definitely make the move. My biggest gripe with Canon is the AF, lack of a good wide angle and updated prime lenses. Would love to pair a Nikon FF with an ultra-wide prime, 50mm prime and 70 -200 =D

    • 17
      ) thhh
      May 24, 2012 at 5:00 am

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    • 22
      ) Luis C.
      May 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

      The concept of the D600 is ideal for me, I think this camera would be a winner with many. Also, it would be far more affordable for emerging markets opening the FX line to developing countries and places where the economy makes the D800 and the D4 out of reach for most.

      So exciting!

      • May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

        I agree Luis, it would be phenomenal for everyone, especially developing countries.

  3. May 24, 2012 at 1:16 am

    i’m currently shooting weddings with two D700 bodies, and i have to say i’m very happy, and the only thing i would like in addition is video.
    moving to a D800 for weddings makes no sense to me – the sheer size of the files will be a nightmare to backup, process and send to the clients.
    a 24mp sensor might be a good compromise – more resolution for cropping, but not to much to clog my hard drive completely.
    and – of course – i will finally have video!
    i think that buying 2 D600 bodies for $3000-$4000 is a terrific deal for me.

    • May 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Ofer, I agree – let’s keep our fingers crossed!

    • 73
      ) FR
      May 25, 2012 at 3:10 am

      Hello ofer ribak,
      I have a question for you. It is not really related to D600, but I would like to know how do you handle 2 bodies in weddings. Is there a particular strap that you use or you don’t think those are necessary? Thanks for your input!

      • 125
        ) Jimbox
        June 1, 2012 at 7:31 am

        I use something called a Cotton Carrier vest and side holster. Check their website. Makes it really easy for me to handle two cameras and keep my hands free.

      • June 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Hi FR,
        i just got used to carrying a camera body on each shoulder, i don’t use any special equipment. i only changed the standard Nikon straps to much more comfortable Kata neoprene ones.

    • 80
      ) Nathan
      May 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Correct me if I’m wrong but you should have the option to reduce your file size on the camera correct. So if you get a camera that has 36mp, turn down the image size which will reduce your files to your specifications right? So you not limited to huge files, right?

      • 82
        ) Marco
        May 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        I believe this only applies if you shoot jpeg. When shooting raw all images are capture at the maximum size.

        • 103
          ) Am-Expat
          May 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

          Files for 14 bit compressed lossless are less than 1/2 the size of uncompressed RAW. So 40mb files are not bad for workflow and storage since storage and speed is increasing at a faster pace than the size of hi res camera files. I thought post processing would be a drag on D800 files but my i7 laptop barely notices the difference. 2tb external drives are now only $140. But the most significant difference is that there is a strong resistance to feel the need for many shots. The D800 is so much better balanced in res, AWB, focus, metering, DR, ISO operation, etc that it is almost an effort to take a technically poor image. So fewer shots are taken. The super res is just icing on the cake of all these other improvements.

    • 121
      ) Brad
      May 31, 2012 at 5:48 am

      I find it interesting that someone who would spend $3-4k on a camera body would have a sub-standard computer system that couldn’t handle 36mp files…

  4. 4
    ) Amit Kumar
    May 24, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I have been following Nikon rumors for past couple of years. Ii is pretty accurate and since it has raised the rumor probability to 80%, it is almost sure that D600 will be released and that too before Photokina.
    A cheap full frame makes a lot of sense, however, Nikon must also differentiate it sufficiently from D800. It was initially reported that the body will lack AF motor and that resulted in a lot of hue and cry in the forum. Personally, I was hoping for a non-AF motor body because that would have allowed Nikon to put state of the art AF system, weather sealed body, great viewfinder and much improved sensor without making it compete with the D800. On the other hand, If AF motor is provided then some of the other features of D600 will be impacted.

    • 14
      ) John Richardson
      May 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

      NR is seldom off the mark. 80% is pretty solid for NR’s track record.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Amit, I know Peter @ Nikonrumors and we exchange emails regularly – he is a very good and humble guy and he puts a lot of hard work on his sites. However, bear in mind that he uses tips and leaks that people send him. At times, they are inaccurate, at times they are spot on (depending on the source, etc). But compared to other rumor sites, I trust him much more, since he filters out all the junk pretty well.

      I am more than positive that Nikon will differentiate the D600 pretty well from the D800. I don’t think they will make the same mistake as before, where one camera would cannibalize sales of another. I suspect there will be enough chopped off from the D600 to make a difference…

  5. 5
    ) David B
    May 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Yep, I am sure it is a done deal. Essentially FX sensor in the body of D7000.

    I paid $3K for my D800. If D600 is $1500, I can buy that, and a used 24-70 F/2.8 for the same $3K.

    24MP is surely enough for me. My main concerns though are:

    1) AF Module. I owned D7000 and its AF is seriously inferior to that of D300/D3/D700/D800. It just is. I experienced problems with focusing in low light, and also problems with tracking white birds on contrasty backgrounds. No such problems with cameras using AF Module of D800. So That could be an issue
    2) Ergonomics of D7000. It is much faster to change things on D300/3/700/800 than on D7000/D90. On the other hand U1 and U2 are nice to have.

    What I like:
    1) two SD slots. I am tired of CF cards. Most laptops have SD slots these days but not CF cards. CF cards are old and annoying. SD only is great
    2) logically, low light performance should be better than D800. I like that
    3) 5FPS right off the bat. I like that. perhaps 8FPS with a grip? who knows

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      David, I expect the AF module of the D600 to be about the same as on the D7000, so it will clearly be inferior. As for ergonomics, I think the D600 will be very similar to the D300s.

      And I don’t think we will have an option for 8 FPS. Again, I very much doubt Nikon will go the same route again as with the D700.

      • 57
        ) David B
        May 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        Nasim, I don’t think it will be like D300s. Did you notice the rumored U1 and U2 settings, just like on D7000? They have to have a scroll wheel just like D7000 to accomplish that, I don’t know how they can do U1 and U2 with the D300s/700/800 ergonomics. Also reduced weight rumors also substantiate using the D7000 body. What are you thoughts of how else they would implement U1 and U2 settings?

      • 61
        ) Bisho
        May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        Nasim, do think the AF of D600 will be inferior to the D700 because of the difference between 39 and 51 points ?
        By the way, if Nikon manages to build a $1500 FF camera with such features then the sales of D800 will be affected dramatically, I think. This somehow reminds me of the D3 & D700 situation four years ago.
        Thanks for the great website

      • 104
        ) Am-Expat
        May 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        Do you really think the D700 hurt sales of the D3? I doubt it, they were built on a different scale and production capacity from the start. The D3 is expensive to make and they never ramped up production beyond the initial projections, nor wanted to. A flag ship camera, car or any other promotion-via-association product is mainly used for establishing a brand identity. From the beginning the D700 was intended for a modest but significantly larger scale production basis.
        The projected or planned 30,000 a month production of the D800 is much more than the D700 was and many times more than the D3 ever was, yet still, with relatively high production levels, Nikon is being derided for not producing enough to fill even a fraction of the demand. It makes sense that they never intended to build a lot of D800′s when the D600 was waiting in the wings just a few months later that would cut demand down for the D800. If they had gone to 50k or more a month, in a few months they would have had empty D800 production lines. The D600 will surely be made in Thailand and possibly China so their flexibility to ramp up and down production will be an advantage. The big winner will of course be the lens division. A lot of new glass will need to be bought, far eclipsing the investment camera bodies buyers make.

  6. 7
    ) KSPGM
    May 24, 2012 at 1:33 am

    You definately need to factor into this arguement a ‘high end’ mirrorless camera. It is not ‘another subject’ it is the core of this arguement to my mind.

    I may be a typical example (many of my friends are going the same way). I have a D300s and all of the ‘kit’ but now, invariably I pick up my Nikon V1 except when I go on a specific ‘photographic outing’ – i.e wildlife shooting, say. I’m not a ‘landscaper’ , so the wide end advantages of FX are not so attractive to me. On the other hand the X1.5 and x 2.7 for DX/CX are very attractive to my style of shooting.

    I am currently using my V1 with the FT-1 adaptor an 16-85 lens ‘walkaround’ plus a 10 mm f2.8 just in case. This covers most eventualities and fits in my shoulder bag without any effort. If I want ‘really compact, then I just use the 30-110 kit lens (by the way a 16-85 CX lens would be better suited and allow me to downsize again). If Nikon improve the V1 (perhaps up the censor to 14Mp and and a bit more direct control) I can see me all but abandoning DX except for specialist work. But would I move to FX? I doubt it. File sze, reach, lens and camera body costs etc all have an influence on this decision.

    So I for one will stick with a CX/DX mix: CX for ‘walkaround’ and ‘DX for speciality work’. But will I replace my D300s? The replacement would have to offer substatial improvements – particularly hight ISO – but other than that DX/CX does most of the rest for my ‘real world’ photographic prints (A4 max).

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      KSPGM, I believe that most photographers will convert to your current setup – one compact camera for everyday use and a DSLR for special use. I will personally do that very soon, as soon as I find a good mirrorless system that I can work with.

      I like a lot of things about the Nikon 1 system, but the size of the sensor does not leave me too excited about it. After working with the X-Pro1, I don’t think I want anything less than 1.5x APS-C crop…so I am willing to wait.

  7. 8
    ) Rami
    May 24, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Hmmm, interesting! Would this be a good upgrade from a D7000 or does going from a ‘high-end’ DX to a ‘low-end’ FX not make much sense?

    • 9
      ) David B
      May 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

      RAMI it makes all the sense in the world but beware that changing lenses from DX to FX is a costly move :)

      • 11
        ) Rami
        May 24, 2012 at 2:11 am

        Yep! That’s the main concern, but I’m not starting to buy FX lenses to use on DX so hopefully I could make that transition bit by bit…

        • May 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

          Yes, that will certainly help. The good price/performance ratio right now is on f/4 zoom and f/1.8 prime lenses. They perform extremely well on the D800.

    • 10
      ) Marco
      May 24, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Sure it does! I have a D3100 and I’m planning on buying a D600. :)

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Rami, I agree with David – it certainly makes sense in terms of image quality, but your lenses need to be FX to take advantage of the large sensor.

  8. May 24, 2012 at 3:02 am

    I want to win one! Where is the giveaway?

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Nancy, the camera is not out yet :) But hopefully once it is out, we will do a giveaway!

  9. May 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I would buy it if I could use my AF d lenses so it would need a motor!

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Sujoy, I am pretty sure it will have a motor. Think of this as the D400 with an FX sensor.

  10. 15
    ) Roland
    May 24, 2012 at 3:27 am

    if it comes in a D700/D800 body I would buy it. The D7000 body is too small for my taste.

    Hopefully they also fix the dreaded AF issue that most D800s have with the left AF points, which are backfocusing a lot!

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Roland, I expect it to be very similar to the D300s/D700 construction.

      As for the AF issue on the D800 – only some batches are affected with the issue. I tested the heck out of my sample indoors and outdoors and it has no problems with AF whatsoever…

      • 75
        ) AJ
        May 25, 2012 at 8:46 am

        With a rumored mass of 760 g (850 with battery etc) vs 690g & 780 g respectively for the D7000 the body will be more like the D7000 than a D300 or D700 .
        The additional 70 g mass of the D600 would be due to the associated larger optics for FX.
        I have no problem with a D7000 type FX camera, far more portable than the D700/D800 cameras.
        As long as it has good Hi-Iso (I’m expecting better than the D800 here – per pixel) and can focus reliably then put my name down ;-)

      • 77
        ) Roland
        May 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

        Hi Nasim,

        the sample I tested couldn’t focus on the left side with my 35 1.4G lens. With the 85 it was ok, so it definitely is more of a problem with wide angle lenses at large apertures.
        I was a bit disappointed of the lack of quality control on Nikon’s side (especially since the D800 is a pro-level camera).

        I also was disappointed of B&H’s service (I know you are supporting them, so I want you to know of this and I am also interested in your opinion here): They refuse to tell their customers when they could expect their D800 or on which place of the waiting list they are. In their official statements they write that they don’t know or are now allowed to give this information. This, however, is not true:

        1.) They know on which place of the waiting list you are (they could easily look it up in their system), and they probably just don’t want to tell you that you are number 200,000 because they are afraid that you would cancel your order and buy the camera somewhere else.

        2.) They could at least estimate when you will receive your D800 based on the frequency of shipments from Nikon and on the number of D800 units per shipment together with your place number on the waiting list. Of course, this would only be an estimate, but nevertheless a valuable service to customers that need or want to plan ahead when they can expect to receive their camera.

        I also send these comments to B&H customer service, but they never got back to me.
        Clearly, they are making enough money and don’t need me as a customer.

        Best,
        Roland

  11. 16
    ) Christian
    May 24, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I prefer spending money on the best lenses on the market than on bodies. Thus, I would definitely buy a D600 with the above-mentioned specifications provided that the D600 will tap the full potential of the best Nikon lenses. Should the image quality not be satisfying, I would spend the extra money for a D800.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Christian, I agree – I also would expect the D600 to be good in terms of image quality. Give me a good sensor and a good AF system and I don’t really care for most other features in the camera.

      • 74
        ) Christian
        May 25, 2012 at 3:32 am

        I fully agree on that, Nasim!

  12. May 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

    I think the d7200 will be the d300s replacement. Nikon claimed with the d7k that it’s not a replacement for the d90. They were partly right, because they moved up a notch with the d7k compared to the d90 – not just general improvement in AF and sensor tech, but the body became more professional (weather sealing, for instance). Now imagine the same improvements we saw with the d90->d7000 upgrade. Even better weather sealing, bit heavier body, higher FPS, and you got the d400 replacement in the shape of the d7200.

    Makes a lot of sense. I know lots of photographers who use the d7k instead of the d300s, already. And imagine Nikon adding 1-2 more FPS, toughening up the body a bit, and improving the AF and presto, d400 ;) More importantly, just like the d700 and d300 had shared almost the same body, the d600 and d7200 could do the same, reducing manufacturing costs. So I agree with the article, and I think the d600 and the d7000 will share the same body (with minor tweaks/differences) and that the d7000 will become the pro DX body in the line-up. It’s not very far from it already, the d7000 is a semi-pro camera at a mid-range price.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Csaba, yup, that’s exactly what I suggested above. If a D600 comes out, there will be no D300s replacement, so the D7100 naturally takes its place.

  13. 19
    ) Bare
    May 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

    D600 will have similar stye body as D7000 so it will be a midrange FX with newly developed Sony sensor which will be shared with Sony A99. So I’m still hoping for D800h, D800 body with D4 sensor inside.

    • 24
      ) Luis C.
      May 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

      I too believe the D600 will have the new 24MP Sony sensor, but with Nikon specs of course.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Bare, unless Nikon chooses to use the D3x sensor on the D600, which is also Sony, but an old sensor.

      As for the Sony A99, I somehow think that it is coming with a translucent mirror and the sensor from the D800…

      • 71
        ) Bare
        May 25, 2012 at 2:16 am

        D3x sensor is no longer in production and that sensor has a many costly modifications compared to basic Sony design as in A900 or A850.

        It’s known that Sony works on new 24MP FF sensor adn rumors suggests it will be in A99. Most probably Nikon pay premium price for 36MP sensor for 1 year long exclusive to use it.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      As for a D800h, I do not think it will happen. If Nikon uses the D4 sensor on a lower-end body, it will compromise the D4 sales. Given that AF and sensor would be the same, the only difference would be FPS and as we know from the past experience, most people do not care about a 3-4 FPS difference.

      • 72
        ) Bare
        May 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

        If D800h materialize it will be when demand for D4 goes down(most probably at the end of this year). So D800h could be introduced next year. With introduction of D800h price of 16Mp sensor would go down because of much larger production number than now when it’s only used in D4.

      • 113
        ) mcd
        May 29, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        Anyone considering a D4 is not going to be conflicted over the D600. Completey different animals for completely different shooters.
        A pro will immediately buy the top of the line, and that’s who Nikon built the D4 for.
        They may also buy other bodies, but the D4 will be automatic.
        The rumor that the D700 seriously impacted sales of the D3 are unsubstantiated.
        Now, the D600 may signifigantly impact the D800, as a lot of buyers don’t want huge megapixels.
        I predict the huge demand for the D800 will be short lived, due to the relatively smaller user base that needs that camera. The D600 user base is a much larger group.

  14. 20
    ) Eaton Zhou
    May 24, 2012 at 5:51 am

    If it comes out at $1500, I will sell my D800 and buy it!

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Eaton, I very much doubt the D600 will have the same impressive dynamic range as the D800, so the latter has its place…

      • 62
        ) Bare
        May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        If D600 uses Sony Exmor sensor it will have huge dynymic range, it’s inherent to Exmor design. It would be questionable if Nikon puts a Nikon or Aptina sensor inside D600.

  15. 21
    ) leoking
    May 24, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Interesting to see what kind of crop modes it will have. My D800 has few including DX. if D700 will have a DX mode then it will be an easier upgrade for DX users

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Leoking, I am sure a DX crop mode will be included in the D600, just like on D700/D800 and D3/D4.

  16. 23
    ) Fneil
    May 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Nikon needs to have a top DX-model for wild life and sports shooters.
    Fast frame rate and a large buffer for all those RAW files being the essential requirements.
    From a business point of view there’s no way the D4 can be Nikons’s only option for customers with those needs.
    If D7xxx and D3xx lines will intersect remains to be seen. And could be interesting.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Fneil, that’s what the D7100 will be for – it will have enough FPS for most wildlife photographers. Buffer won’t be anywhere near what the D4 has though. Again, I believe Nikon is transitioning to making their pro line targeted mostly for wildlife and sports photographers.

      From a business point of view, I think it does make sense for Nikon to make the D4 as the primary camera for wildlife and sports. I think they understand well that if a person can afford a 600mm f/4 lens, they can very well afford a $5K camera. And for those that have budget lenses like the 300mm f/4, they can use the D7000 line as their camera bodies… just my 2 cents.

      • 66
        ) Fneil
        May 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        If D7100 is improved like you predict, I can see your point.

        After all, there is a large group of people that take photography and say their bird interest seriously – but not in a way that can justify the expense of a D4 and the 600/4. And the D800 and the rumored D600 won’t be their camera of choice.

        And I don’t think Nikon can ignore that substantial group of customers who would rather have the shot in DX than not have it in FX ;-)

        • 67
          ) Fneil
          May 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

          And thanks for taking the time to reply. Always a pleasure to read your site!

      • 158
        ) Jorge Balarin
        June 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        Dear Nasim,

        Do you think a D7100 body is going to have a better AF system than the one of the D7000 ? With all the comments about the inferior autofocus system of the D7000 I don’t want to buy that body, because I would use it to shoot wildlife, improving the reach of my FX lenses. Greetings, Jorge.

        • 159
          ) Nelson
          June 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          Hi.

          If you want the very BEST, you have to buy the D400, and that’s just it.

          If you want something that may not be the best, but that works quite well, the the D7100 may be ok.

          For example, the D7000 may be inferior, but it was inferior only to the very best AF system out there, and not by a large margin. And in terms of auto exposure and face detection (if you use auto-point-selecion and faces), is there on the D7000.

          Don’t you think?

  17. 25
    ) Jaques
    May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

    If the D600 is a D7000 replacement then I am wondering if the D300s replacement will be a mid range FX or if it will be a high end DX camera? Might be that only the entry levels will be DX but that they will have a High end DX camera for all the sport and wild life photographers …. unless the D300 replacement is going to be actually a D700 replacement and then the sport and wild life photographers can just use the DX crop mode. Personally I dont think I would buy the D600, I would rather wait and see what the D300 replacement will look like and even more so the D700 replacement since Nikon said the D800 is not the D700 replacement. I won a D800 but would like to replace my D7000 backup camera with an FX mid range camera.

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Jaques, I believe the D300s will be replaced by the D7100, so in a way it is a small downgrade. The D600 is not a D7000 replacement – it is essentially a D300s replacement. Think of the D600 as the D300s, but with an FX sensor.

  18. 27
    ) Adnan Khan
    May 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I hope they put D4 sensor with no video in a cheaper body :)

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      That ain’t happening, you know that! :)

      • 153
        ) Adnan Khan
        June 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        Ha ha :)
        Well if it’s a Nikon FX in $1500 ,then there is going to be a catch somewhere :)
        Maybe no video and no motor only G or AF-S lenses ? who knows :)
        I like the U1 and U2 settings ,I hope all this data comes as is with the FX D600 :)

  19. 28
    ) niisfktn
    May 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I am waiting first modern Nikon or Canon full frame under $2000 and will buy it right away

  20. 32
    ) Dennis Hughes
    May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I’ve heard from a reliable source that the D600 in not in the pipeline. Eventually the D600 model name will be used, but not right away. The D400 will be displayed at the German photo show Photokina in Sept.

    • 33
      ) Bare
      May 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

      At the end of November last year I heard specs of D4 and D800 and launch date from my local Nikon importer(Fototeh for Croatia). Also they told me that Nikon will launch a FF body similar size as D7000 and that it will happen in late 2012 or early 2013. Ofcourse back then it sound to me like a science-fiction but also logical cause Nikon never realesed true sucessor to D300(s) to fullfil that price segment.

      • May 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Bare, if you can get any more news from your source, please keep us posted :)

    • May 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Dennis, I am waiting for my source who is a part of Nikon channel in a different country to see if he has any info on the D600 at the moment. Again, the D600 at this point is a rumor and speculation…

      If the D600 does not come out, here is what I think will happen – the D400 will have a DX sensor and it will be just like the D300s, with slightly better specs, higher resolution sensor. Maybe the D600 will be in the pipeline 3-4 years from now, eventually replacing the high-end DX line.

      Again, this is all based on speculation :D

  21. 53
    ) Jorge Balarin
    May 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Well, a D600 with those specs and this price, perhaps is going to reduce the sales of the Canon 5D Mark III, that cost very much more money and is offering lower resolution. I think now Canon has not an answer to such a camera.
    Would be the D600 better than the D700 ? Would go the D700 out of the market ?

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Jorge, it is hard to say what the D600 would do to the D700 without seeing the confirmed specifications…

  22. 54
    ) Jeff
    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    If the d600 comes out at $1500, what do you think the priceof d700 will be? I just bought the d700 recently for $2199. Now regretting it; especially if the d600 comes out for $1500 and d700 drops to $1799? Or $1899. I should have waited either way =(

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Jeff, do not regret your D700 purchase decision – it is still a phenomenal camera that will last for years to come. I am not planning to sell mine, because I love it too much!

      Seriously, this D600 news is just rumors and speculation for now. Until we hear more, with potential images of the D600, I would not take it seriously.

  23. 58
    ) Srini
    May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Yes, if it receives good reviews on the stills and video fronts. I would make a move only after reading your review! The best part is the cost; for £2600-£3000, I can buy the full-frame body plus 2-3 FX lenses.

  24. 59
    ) Srini
    May 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm
    • May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Srini, the above link is already provided in this article.

      • 69
        ) Srini
        May 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        Soz…I realised after posting it. I could not delete it. Perhaps your web admin may incorporate edit and delete features…

  25. 63
    ) Alan Klaw
    May 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Fine analysis .Yes I would love to marry my D300 and my D7000 to a hopefully lightweight but sturdy Full Frame camera. At present my bodies struggle in low light ,less so with the D7000,and above ISO 1600 the ISO threshold for decent IMage Quality takes a beating. I would love to by some reasonable “Primes,”but keep my 15-70 OS Sigma and my 18-200 VR Nikon .I only have the Nikon 35mm 1.8. Nikon seems to be tapping into an enthusiast market where lowlight DX models seem to have reached a limit and are starting to be challenged by the Mirror-less crowd. My main concern is the weight on these aging limbs of a Nikon D700 clone but Nikon’s cost factor might trim the weight and still provide sturdy weather sealing. Best Alan New Mexico

  26. 64
    ) Pankaj
    May 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    FX lenses would be my point of contention which other posters also mentioned. That is why Nikon’s 1 series was a let down. That should have been an APS-C lineup. For enthusiasts, there is no sense to move to FX since they have already invested enough in body/lenses. They need new technology but in a smaller and hopefully a cheaper package. They should not have to bite a bitter pill. Right now people are looking after NEX or PEN series. They are getting better and better.

  27. 65
    ) EnPassant
    May 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Rumors say we will see two more Nikon DSLRs this year. As Nikon the latest even years released one camera in summer and one just before Photokina in september it sounds very possible.

    Assuming D600 will be one of them which will be the other camera?

    1) The DX D7100 sister camera to D600?
    2) The by sports and wildlife photographers long awaited D300s replacement with high FPS and DX sensor in a D800 type body. Name may be D9000 instead of D400.
    3) A new budget DX DSLR named D2000 taking the place below D3200. Or alternatively mirrorless, something like Pentax K-01.
    4: The real surprise. A D800H with a lower MP sensor offering 5-6 FPS and 8-9 FPS with the grip.

    Personally I rank them in the written order, I.E. D600 in summer (July-August) and D7100 for Photokina just like D7000 and D90 before.

    Why not make a poll?

  28. 70
    ) niisfktn
    May 25, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Nikon seems has an advantage in technology right now. Nikon timely upgraded facilities after tsunami in Japan and flood in Thailand. There were reports that a lot of Thailand factory employees were trained at Nikon factory in Japan.
    Nikon Rumors is very informed website and sometimes I think even testing ground for Nikon to find out what Nikon community wants. First leaked specs for D600 had no screw motor and now after outcry it reported to have one.
    Nikon need this camera now to complete full frame lineup, take pressure from D800 and compete with Canon 5d mark III. In my understanding, Nikon knows that full frame D600 can match best Canon camera – 5d mark III at least in DxO mark score. Looks like Nikon finalizing specs and will be able to produce D600 in next couple of month in Thailand.
    There were reports that Nikon completely upgraded all assembly lines at Thailand factory using state of the art assembly lines.
    Nikon also is more aggressive going for bigger part of market share. It’s why D600 actually can cost less than $2000. I expect upgrade to D7000 following shortly after that with the same body type.

  29. 76
    ) AJ
    May 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Possible Nikon DSLR line-up
    DX ——- – FX
    ———— – D4
    D9000 – D800
    D7000 – D600
    D5000 – D400
    D3000 – ———-

    D600 imminent release (before summer to savage holiday savings :-) )
    D9000 as D300/s replacement, 16 MP with very good Hi-Iso & FPS/Buffer, released year end 2012 (think D4 vs D800 MP)
    D400 ‘beginner level’ FX announced when FX sensor prices drop even more (i.e. ‘place holder’ at the moment).
    Names used are generic (in other words D5000 = D5000 series including D5100, D5200 etc)
    Next upgrade for D800 would be D810 etc – as seen with the naming of the DX DXXXX series

  30. May 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Interesting discussion! I moved from D90 to D700 recently and love FX, but I have also come to realise that DX has many advantages…mostly in the area of cheaper and lighter lenses (for equivalent telephoto “reach”). I think the current crop of DX sensors (no pun intended) demonstrate that they can produce quality that approaches FX in most shooting situations. I understand the pressure from the mirrorless cameras, but there is something to be said for the ergonomics of the dSLRs which I think are superior to the small mirrorless cameras. So, perhaps there is a place for pro level DX bodies? I would like to see a 16MP D400 in a pro body with integrated battery grip. As for the D600, the rumoured specs look good!

  31. 79
    ) Pavan
    May 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    For me the concept of a low cost FX is really appealing. The main reason I would think of getting this camera is to offset some of the things I gave up moving from DX to CX. I recently sold my D7000 to get a V1 was because I wanted a lighter camera that I would use more often, with the added benefit of getting relatively inexpensive telephoto range when used with the FT-1.
    What I lost in moving to CX from DX was shallow DoF, low light ability and hight megapixel count.
    What the D600 offers are these very things. Consider this set up:
    D600 – with a wide zoom for landscapes using the high megapixel count
    - with a set of f1.8 primes (28mm, 50mm, 85mm and possibly the rumored 135mm VR(?)) for portrait
    coupled with a Nikon V1 10-30mm and 30-110mm for a light travel kit with the possibility of using a 300mm f4, a micro lens and all of the above mentioned primes on the V1 with FT1.
    Also, if used in DX crop mode, it would have the range and megapixel count similar to a D7000.
    This covers everything i could possibly ask for from equipment.
    Most importantly though, each of these individual items is at or under the $1500 mark. For an enthusiast like me who does not make a living from photography, this or some subset of this is a viable kit to aspire to. Ofcourse it will take some years to assemble and I may never assemble the whole kit or want to.
    But I find the option appealing.
    From Nikon’s perspecive, this will mean people like me will be giving them steady lens business for the next 5-10 years along with body upgrades every other iteration. So their rumored offering of an entrylevel FX is great news!

  32. 81
    ) Jamal
    May 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I was planning on getting a 35mm 1.8 dx prime, but am i better pf getting a 50mm 1.8 full frame in case an affordable ff body like the d600 becomes a reality ?!!!

    • 85
      ) Rami
      May 26, 2012 at 2:59 am

      If you are likely to move to FX anytime soon then yes, but in the meantime you’ll be using the 50mm on a DX body so you might find it a bit too long for it. If you’re seriously considering a move to FX then I would recommend the 50mm 1.4G over the 1.8. Yes it is more expensive but it is faster and newer and in my opinion, well worth the investment! Check out this comparison between the 35mm 1.8 and the 50mm 1.4: http://photographylife.com/nikon-35mm-f1-8g-vs-50mm-f1-4g

      • 87
        ) Jamal
        May 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

        Im an amature photographer and would never spend 2000-3000$ on a full frame body, but when i got a telephoto lense i chose the 70-300vr over the 55-300 not only for the metal mount and focus ring but because it is an fx lense and i would defenitly move to fullframe if 1500$ ff bodies become available, thanks for suggesting the f1.4 lense i think ill put off bying a prime lense till the end of the year to see if the d600 becomes a reality, i think full frame is the way God intended for photographs to be taken !

  33. 84
    ) Amit Kamat
    May 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Dear Nasim,

    When we multiply the crop factor 1.5 to 16 mega pixels of that a d7000 we get 24 mega pixels ?

    So can we say that the new d600 will have the same resolution like that of d7000, cause though it might have 24 mp, its a full frame and hence the pixel count is almost same as d7000 when spred over the bigger sensor ?

    • 86
      ) aedos
      May 26, 2012 at 5:14 am

      24mp x 1.2crop = 10mp
      24mp x 1.5crop = 8mp

      • 88
        ) Amit kamat
        May 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Hi Aedos,

        dint get you… pls explain in detail..

        • 90
          ) aedos
          May 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

          24mp camera in 1.2crop mode = 16mp
          24mp camera in 1.5crop = 10mp

          • 92
            ) Rami
            May 27, 2012 at 1:24 am

            I don’t get the math… shouldn’t 24mp x 1.5 crop = 16mp??

            • 93
              ) Bare
              May 27, 2012 at 3:01 am

              No. It’s 24MP / 1.5^2 = 10.66 MP or in a D800 case 36MP / 1.5^2 = 16MP in DX mode.

    • August 28, 2012 at 1:30 am

      Resolution that you are talking about will depend on the sensor size not crop factor. Full frame is twice the size of APS-C. So, 16mp on APS-C is 32mp on FF.

  34. 89
    ) jason
    May 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    This is the camera I’ve been waiting for. I’d pre-order mine today! It’s the general “All Rounder” comparable to the 5DMIII market. Love it!

  35. 91
    ) Jim
    May 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I’d much prefer to see a new DX replacement. My D700 still rocks and and a lower level D*00 simply takes away from the bang of the D800-

    If you need pixels…… Get a D800 – however for Sports guys….. Only a D4 will take a D700′s place with regards to speed. So unless Nikon’s plan is to come out with a Canon 5D mkIII knock off for $1500, I don’t see the advantage. ( or you have the cash to pay for or truly require a D4) Nikon still needs a newer PRO DX body (compared to that of a D300s, not D7000) so those seeking the advantage of the DX crop can get more out of their glass (agin, sports related)

    My vote? New DX or The D400 (or what ever # it may become) …

    As previously posted- soon the world will be mirror-less and all of our “pro glass” will go bye-bye….

    • 105
      ) Am-Expat
      May 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I think Nikon is finally ignoring Canon, which is still reshuffling features and tweaking subsystems that were lackluster in the past couple rounds. It is plain that unless Canon gets some serious sensor design chops from somewhere and settles on one plan of technology for AF each version will look like the shot gun approach the recent models have been. And when is Canon going to take their banding and artifact problem in all their mid and upper end cameras seriously? Instead of developing good sensors they faked it with the 5DIII with permanent NR that obliterates fine detail in an attempt to publish specs of 102k ISO. Pushing shadow detail in post on any of them gets rather messy and unfortunate very fast. They really do not have an answer for the D4, 800 or 7000, and surely will not for a D600 at $1600.
      A D600 would shift the playing field again and boost lens sales a great deal since there are 50,000,000 DX lenses out there with the Nikon name on them that would potentially need to be replaced with a wholesale shift to FX.
      Nikon is doing just fine, gaining market share and margins and not competing directly with anyone. Sony has a remote division that can produce good sensors but their cameras do not pose a threat to anyone. Pentax is not in a position to alter their piecemeal approach to DX only, between rounds of being sold to new parent companies. Olympus is having enough trouble just keeping their board of dir out of prison to mount any sort of competition.

      • 110
        ) Jorge
        May 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        I agree. A D600 would be a torpedo in Canon’s FX line.

    • 161
      ) Mark
      June 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Looking at the history of computing, the trend applies equally to cameras: processor speeds doubles almost every couple of years or size for the same performance halves. Cameras are computers with lenses. Given the limitation of our eyes and lens quality, as we get into the 20-30 MP era, the main improvements will be in low light sensitivity / speed. We won’t need 50MP sensors.

      Why do we need FX/full frame when technology will allow low light sensitivity on DX size sensors now (D7000) and will no doubt bring further improvements to this on upgrade models in the next 1-2 years? I know the D4 has much higher sensitivity but its price and spec are only for true pro sports/wildlife users and most of us, lets be honest, are not pros.

      So who wants to have a heavier camera to do the same job – which FX demands because lenses have to be bigger for the sensor, longer to get the same magnification and a lot more expensive because of the extra glass? Given where technology is taking us, we absolutely need a D400: to give us pro features (above what the D7000 does) with good sensor resolution (max of 24MP) and good low light sensitivity (so even a 16MP sensor if that’s what it took to get usable ISO 12,800/25,200). Then we need Nikon to add more high quality DX lenses to their range.

      I cannot understand why amateur photographers would want the weight, size and cost of an FX system. Chip and software technology developments have enabled reductions in size with high quality. I have a D7000 (and 3 lenses spanning from 11mm to 400mm) and it produces great pictures but am annoyed by some of the consumer features (mode selection dial that moves too easily and plastic doors that open in normal operation). I had a D300 before which was a better high use body (though outdated now).

      I would buy a D400 tomorrow if it was available and keep the D7000 as a second camera. Much as I like the D7000, a higher semi-pro spec in DX format would be flagship camera for those who can use these features but don’t want the weight/size/cost of an FX system. The D600 might be a good marketing ploy by Nikon to take sales away from the Canon 5Dmk3 but its not for me.

  36. 94
    ) shahru98
    May 27, 2012 at 6:18 am

    no thanks, i’ll be sticking with my d300s. megapixels dont really mean anything to me and as both focus points and fps are a downgrade to my d300s, i’ll be saying no. though the iso performance might be increased, but hell, that’s when we use flashguns.

  37. 95
    ) Michael
    May 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Well yesterday i asked a staff member in London Camera Exchange in Charing Cross about D600. I was told it is coming for sure (so it is not a rumor) but it will be DX camera!!! It’s 24MP sensor is well known – we can find it in NEX7, Alfa77 and D3200.

    • 97
      ) Dennis Hughes
      May 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

      What the staff member is talking about is the new D400 DX that is in production now at the Nikon Sendai plant in Japay and will be shipped to dealers after the Photokina show in September, probably October.
      One of the reasons for the delay is the Olympics in London this summer which Nikon Professional Services well have over 800 bodies for the professinal photogs. Also the D800′s sales is probably the best ever seen by Nikon for the high end professional user. The is no D600 FX in the pipeline at this time.

  38. 96
    ) Mike
    May 27, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Nasim,

    Recently I made the jump from DX to FX moving from a D90 to a D800. Quality difference is substantial, but the cost to upgrade was significant. It may not be too bad for anyone shooting a DX body and kit lens but if you have a few lenses look at the whole picture.

    I had to sell:
    D90
    35mm DX
    18-200 DX
    18-55 DX
    Tokina 11-16mm

    I bought:
    D800
    14-24 FX
    24-70 FX
    80-200 FX
    50 FX

    I did not buy all of the FX stuff in one shot but over a period of several months as I knew I would be making the jump to whatever the D700 replacement was. I bought some lenses used but the jump was certainly not cheap.

    Also, I had to buy all new memory, faster and larger as my cards from the D90 were just too small. I have 2x32gb SD and 2x32gb CF which allow in-camera backup and enough storage for my shooting (about 400 raw files). I also had to buy new batteries, usb3 card reader, and added storage in my computer (it is already fast enough to process the large files).

    The cost to upgrade is certainly far beyond the cost of the body. You can certainly do this over time as your DX lenses will work on a FX cam but I would buy the lenses first and use them on your DX cam instead. You are better off doing that than using half the D800 sensor with a weaker lens.

    Some other quick points:
    - There is a market for a semi-pro DX cam. The D800 is slow, and D4 expensive. Shooting wildlife, sports, or weddings with DX is not uncommon and a D400, 24mp DX in a D300 type body would sell well.
    - There is also a market for entry level FX, $3k entry for a D800 is steep, D600 makes sense too. The challenge will be to differentiate the cams.
    - The rumors say the D600 sensor may be from Aptina, not Sony. Performance is unknown, but my money says it will not be as good as the Sony Exmor derived D800 sensor. That may be the biggest differentiator in the two bodies.

    Mike

  39. 98
    ) ogotaj
    May 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I would say there is definitely a place for D600 in Nikon lineup and D600 along with D800 and D4 will make up for a complete FX lineup in company’s portfolio. Having that said it still seems hard for me to believe that Nikon would completely give up on a professional DX body line which D300s currently represents.
    Here is your proposed future DX portfolio:

    Entry Level (APS-C/DX): Nikon D3200
    Upper Entry Level (APS-C/DX): Nikon D5100 (to be replaced by D5200)
    Mid-range (APS-C/DX): Nikon D7000 (to be replaced by D7100)

    My issue with this setup is that with specifications of D3200 all maxed out for its class I really don’t know what D5200 could possibly offer more. A vari-angle screen? Maybe, but that would be all unless Nikon is planning to issue a 36 MP DX body. I honestly see little space for improvement for D5200 in terms of image quality specs. Therefore any further improvements would be probably done in the ergonomics department but then…we are really moving into the upper entry level class of DX bodies. And this would be precisely my prediction – D7xxx would move into pace of D5xxx line still leaving space for the pro/semi-pro DX body as D400 could be.

    Still, I would agree that Nikon lately started to draw a thick line between DX and FX as being general consumer and pro consumer lines respectively. Perhaps entry level FX line will eventually take place of DX pro line however it seems to be a little early for that. As some people noticed here, there is a significant number of pros who are still using DX format and are pretty happy with it. In fact DX format offers certain advantages for sports and wildlife shooters with the 1.5x crop factor. To say that DX suddenly became obsolete would be untrue and unfair.

    I’m really hoping for D400 to resurface later this year. D7000 exceeds D300s in terms of many specs so the second one would definitely need update in the first place. Besides D7000 still has a lot of sell potential which was inhibited for some time due to supply problems.

    Now of course this is all my opinion and conclusions derived from application of common sense but it may mean nothing really but my humble wish to have D400 released in a nearby future :)

    • 109
      ) thhh
      May 29, 2012 at 1:23 am

      I think the D7000 is on its way out, saw an ad giving a rebate on a purchase of the D7000. Expect an upgrade soon!

  40. 99
    ) Leighton
    May 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    If it has a Non CPU lens registry, I’m diffidently getting one!

  41. 100
    ) Ole Kristensen
    May 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Well this is a great discussion. For the past two month I have been looking for an upgrade. Im currently using a D3000 and have been happy about it for the past 2½ years. Some money falls into my lap and I go hunting for a new body. I have been looking at D7000 and D700 and disided to go FX. The D800 is over my budget cos I just bought the 24-70mm f/2.8. After reading tons of reviews and comments on D700 I got the feeling that D700 was a body people would hold on to no matter what. A great camera and good FPS and nice in low light. So I was keen on getting a D700 til the roumors on D600 came alive on NR. First specs was a real downer compared to D700. No build in motor and only 39 focus points. As time goes by D600 specs surfaced on NR and a D600 is starting to look like a body for me.
    I hope the specs for the D600 is getting better if it is a sucsessor for the D700. And I hope that it will be announced soon so I can eighter preoreder the D600 or go hunt for a D700.

  42. May 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I am shooting with a D300s and so far there is little to complain about ( high ISO performance could be better ), but that sensor is now 5 years on the market and shows it’s age. An upgrade is overdue.
    My logical upgrade path would be to a better sensor ( noise, dynamic range 16mp ), improved speed
    and improved AF as the main points. That may not happen though because Nikon has different ideas.
    Nikon may want us either to ‘upgrade’ to a low budget crippled slow FF camera in order to coax us into buying expensive FF glass or downgrade to a lower quality DX body ( ergonomics is very important to me and many others ). There are an awful lot of people who want a speedy high quality DX body with the 1.5 crop factor for telephoto reach ( birding and sports ). I cannot understand why Nikon throws all
    these high mp cameras at us all of the sudden. I can understand the appearance of the D800, but an entry level body with 24 mp? And soon this half @rsed D600 thing to entice serious DX shooters? Has anybody ever tried the DX mode on a full frame camera? Wonder what good that does to us. Sounds like the ‘Woodoo butter’ mode to me. I am having a close look at Canon now. Could be much more exciting for a DX shooter, we’ll see. Cheers, Hans

    • 111
      ) ogotaj
      May 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Hans, I totally feel you. However I would wait a bit before moving to Canon and see what Nikon really has to offer. You mentioned that ergonomics is one of the most important aspects for you and quite frankly I don’t find even the top shelf Canon SLR models to quite hit the spot.

      • May 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Hi Ogotaj, I agree, the ergo’s on the Canon’s are not quite as good as the D300/s but not bad either and definitely better than the D7000′s. I also can’t stand the U1 and U2 setting modes and other handling aspects. What get’s me most though is the fact that Nikon is very likely to abandon the top DX line ( I hope I am wrong ), and so far there is nothing on the horizon that would suggest otherwise. I don’t like switching brands and systems easily but if I can’t stay in my chosen camera format with Nikon I will switch if Canon comes up with a semi pro up to date DX camera body. If I am out shooting all day I hardly look at my camera, I hardly think about it, I know where everything is without cramping and fighting the tool. I want to keep it that way and the D300/s line is brilliant in that. Cheers, Hans

  43. 102
    ) jukekey
    May 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    the d600′s specs sounds better than d700. I wonder how can it be cheaper than d700? Perhaps d700 will drop by $200 and d600 in the range of $2400…any thoughts?

    • 106
      ) Am-Expat
      May 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      After this last run of D700 assembly with the delayed shipment of parts, the D700 is over, done..no more. So the D700 and D600 will not compete at the same time in the market place.

      • 173
        ) jukekey
        September 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

        looks like the combined predictions were the closest :)
        no more d700 :( n the price in d range of 2100!

  44. 107
    ) Harlowe
    May 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Well this is very compelling indeed! I just made the move to FX with my handy dandy D700 and i wouldn’t mind getting the D600 being a secondary shooter or backup… or even making the D700 my backup. I cant wait till Nikon sheds more light on this!

  45. 108
    ) robert
    May 29, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Regardless of what happens we should take it as given that camera makers everywhere are interested in making profits. I gather they do this by making good enough cameras for the mass market and then organising their higher end offerings in such a way that we’re never entirely satisfied with the camera(s) we have now and hence will always be potential purchasers of the next new camera. In general I get the impression that the guys at the Nikon etc marketing department are calling the shots rather than the engineers. I sometimes think that when Nikon etc decide to make a new higher end camera, that the marketing guys call up the engineers, give them instructions re the kind of camera they are to design, and then tell them to come back in 6 months with the prototype. Of course every now and then something goes wrong and Nikon comes up with a camera such as the D700 which many of us have been more than content with. Undoubtedly technology gets a look into things, but my suspicious mind tells me that more often than not it’s by virtue of a desire to outdo the competition rather than due to any abiding passion to produce great cameras. As for the future, my guess is that the camera makers will be trying to establish and maintain as many market niches as possible – eg. they might want to maintain a separate smartphone niche, a separate niche currently occupied by the point and shoot, a couple of enthusiast niches, and a couple of pro niches. I can’t see them coming up with products which would threaten this kind of structure. So even if it were possible, I can’t see a camera maker ever producing a smartphone which intrudes too much on the next niche up, ie. a smartphone which might threaten sales of the higher end point and shoots. At present I’d interpret the mirrorless ‘experiment’ as maybe an attempt by camera makers to establish another niche. I might be wrong, but I can’t see it going anywhere myself, regardless of the merits of the actual cameras. Point and shooters are happy with point and shoots etc. If you want higher image quality and have a discerning eye then my guess is that most people will be looking to go all the way and get a DSLR and invest in DSLR lenses. Maybe mirrorless cameras will appeal to DSLR owners who are looking for a quality walk around camera as a second camera, but are there enough of us? As for the supposed D600, I’d love to think that it might be a D700 upgrade. But this wouldn’t fit with the greater scheme of things. My hunch is that if it eventuates, the D600 will be intended as bait to lure a good few enthusiasts over to full frame and full frame glass. As things stand, I’ll be sticking with my D700 for a good while yet. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best camera I’ve owned by a street, and I’m more than happy with it. Nikon would need to come up with an affordable camera that has a significantly improved sensor that did wonders in harsh lighting conditions to get me upgrading at present, and of course I’ve invested in too much Nikon glass to be checking out the competition. Cheers!

  46. 114
    ) Sudharshun
    May 30, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Surely i will go for FX if its comes with the above specs and under $1500..

  47. 115
    ) Sudharshun
    May 30, 2012 at 2:06 am

    And If you look at the specs, it looks like a FX D7000, the same features like AF points, dual sd card slots, etc.. and
    D7000=16mp in 24/16 sensor
    D600=24mp in34/24 sensor
    Looks like the pixel density will also be similar.
    Like you said, the ISO performance will be much better than D800!!

  48. 116
    ) Mike
    May 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Makes sense to me, I have been following this on Nikon Rumours as well, I am a D300S man and wondering if a 400 was on the horizon, I would go for the full frame 600 if it is for real, looked at the D800 but it is stretching the wallet.

    Great information website, since I discovered this site I am always checking back, thanks.

    • May 30, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Mike, the D400 is now in production at the Sendai plant in Japan. Expent announcement at Photokina show in Germany in Spet. The D600 is not in the pipeline. Don’t have any specs but the D400 will be DX and 20+MP. I already have a D400 book on order with Amazon.

      • 118
        ) aedos
        May 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

        hye there.. where is the amazon’s d400 book LINK ?

    • 120
      ) Dennis Hughes
      May 30, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Amazon took the ad off the web site, but it is still in my unfilled orders:
      Order #: 103-1249857-8285039

      Shipping Method: Standard Shipping
      Items: $12.21
      Shipping & Handling: $3.99
      ——
      Total Before Tax: $16.20
      Estimated Tax To Be Collected: $0.00
      ——
      Order Total: $16.20

      Delivery estimate: Sept. 7, 2012 – Sept. 11, 2012
      1 “Magic Lantern Genie Guides: Nikon D400 (Magic Lantern Guides)”
      Stafford, Simon; Paperback; $12.21
      Available for Pre-order
      Sold by: Amazon.com
      Because of Pre-order Price Guarantee, you might pay less. Why?

  49. 119
    ) Mike
    May 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for that Dennis, looks like back to the drawing board, Sept is not to far away, have to have a rethink.

  50. 122
    ) Pavan
    May 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    Why not Nikon gonna produce an FX body which will have the same sensor of a D4, becuase that will reduce their production cost, for wildlife shooters who want better AF system and ISO capabilities rather than more megapixels, i would like to get a FX body if it comes with D4 sensor (16 MP) and AF system better than D7000. What i really feel is after the break through of D700 which has a same sensor of D3, then after 2 models are in market D3S and D4 which does not have their smaller brothers, its a high time Nikon should consider about smaller version of D4 for wildlife and sports shooters

  51. 123
    ) ~thejoan
    June 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

    maybe u should check the others rumors,, suit ur taste?
    http://mybabyahmad.blogspot.com/2012/05/nikon-d400-d600-d7100-d8000-myrumors.html

    • 124
      ) Buddy
      June 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

      Very interesting. But are these your speculation or from a reliable source?

      • 126
        ) ~thejoan
        June 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

        maybe not reliable but its FUN to read the spec ;)

        • 127
          ) Buddy
          June 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

          Agree! And wouldn’t it be great to have the choice between a D400 or a D600 (with those specs) at the end of summer?

  52. 128
    ) Abhijit Singh
    June 2, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Friends, let’s face it.

    Nikon or for that matter any other manufacturer is not going to produce what users (WE) want. They are going to produce and sell whatever best suits their profits. Even if they have capability or prototype in place, they are not going to bring to the table which is going to hurt the current balance.

    It would be stupid for Nikon to bring almost similar FX body at the half the cost of D800 when it’s difficult for them to keep the camera on the shelves. To me it does not make business sense, it will definitely hurt the bottom lines for Nikon.

    Maybe when & if Cannon launches something similar, which will impact sales of D800, they may counter it with D600. As of now, I believe D600 is there backup plan in the DSLR battle and they would not use it while they are winning, even though we as Nikon SLR community wants it badly.

  53. 129
    ) manoj
    June 2, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I was about to buy d7000 but now i don’t kn0w what to do should i wait for d600 ?? or just buy d7000 !!!!

    • 130
      ) Dennis Hughes
      June 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I’m hearing from people in the know at Nikon there is no D600 in the pipeline. Buy the D7k or wait until September for announcements at Photokina in Germany. The D400, under $2k US should be shipping in Oct.

      • 131
        ) manoj
        June 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

        Well I ll go with d7000 then.i am really happy with the reviews .. Thank you for the reply :)

  54. 132
    ) Brent
    June 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    A full frame D600 doesn’t really interest me unless it replaces the D7000 at its current price point (sub $1500). I have the D90 but the D7000 currently doesn’t give me enough “bang for the buck” to justify purchasing it new either. However, when its replacement comes out, I will definitely look at buying a used D7000, hopefully for around $800 or so. I could use its low light, higher iso, improved video and external audio mic features. I would also give my right arm (not literally) for a grip for my D90 that has the multi-selector built in, such as the grip for the D7000 has. To me, that is a must-have feature for grip users.

    • 133
      ) Z L
      June 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Brent, I will happily sell you my D7000 if the D600 is what it is, cheap and light. But we are probably not staying in the same country so it wont happen.

      Removing the motor but making it light is a great way to go.

  55. 135
    ) mhfore
    June 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I’ve just read through all these comments and I now have my head hurts.
    I love shooting landscapes at sunrise and sunsets and in a few days I was going to buy a D700 + Nikon 24-70 f2.8 (some good glass) + Sigma 12-24. Do I now wait for the D600 or what?????

    Advise please

    MH

    • 136
      ) Ole Kristensen
      June 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Well I was in the same situation as you before the roumors about D600 came out. I have been waiting for 2 month now and I would waite for 2 month more. D700 is a great camera, and it is hard to get a used one atm. I have already bought the 24-70mm f/2.8 and use it on my D3000. Wait til we get more facts on the D600. The D700 is old and the tecnology is old. If the D600 is comming then it has to be better than the D700.

  56. 137
    ) jj
    June 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Why not to have the sensor of the 300s paired with the motor of the 400 and the trumpet of the d800 but with less noise and some IQ reduction on the pipeline. Most of us have been very happy with the d5 despite the fact that sensor framelines are a litlle more restricted tan in the d4, but all in all, I guess that Nikon can’t expect us to do anything else, after all they’re a company and want to make some money, like my aunt who had a shoe shop in New Orleans, although she never quite understood the distortion of some heavely coated lenses, and spent all her life rubbing and rubbing shoes, like a maniac, to the point that she almost lost her teeth because too much smiling, smiling, smiling… Three d600 for her.

  57. 138
    ) Liz
    June 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I would def consider this model. I want a budget friendly, full framed weather sealed camera with more AF points and a little higher fps. RIght now I use the 5100/3200 and I feel as if I am outgrowing them already. But I am an enthusiast and do not make money from my work so the D800 would probably be out of my reach for a while. The crop sensors and viewfinder are starting to get on my nerves and I long for a large viewfinder like my old 35mm SLR.

  58. 139
    ) Ajay
    June 4, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Great website Nasim ! I too am waiting for the D600 to become reality. I became seriously interested in photography only a few months ago. I sold my my D40 and bought a D5100 in a hurry. I was happy with it’s picture quality but did not like the penta-mirror viewfinder, cramped feel, lack of a focusing motor and dedicated manual controls of the D5100. Lighter lenses like 35mm 1.8G and 50mm 1.8D balanced nicely on the D5100 but the 85mm 1.8D seemed too big and heavy ! Therefore I sold the D5100 at a 20% loss after a couple of months with the intention of buying a D7000. But the D600 rumor prompted me to buy the more affordable D90 instead of D7000. For the moment I am happy with the D90 but I intend to switch to a D600 immediately, if it is released with a focusing motor. At the moment I have the 50mm 1.8D and 85mm 1.8D Nikon lenses. Love both of them. Planning to buy the 105mm 2.8D micro and the 24mm 2.8D soon. I don’y buy DX lenses as I want to upgrade to a full frame Nikon . I love the retro look and feel of the D series Nikon lenses. The G series may be optically good but personally I prefer the D series or earlier primes.

  59. 140
    ) RRRoger
    June 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I will take a D400 today and if as good as I expect a second one tommorow.
    I am already first on my local dealer’s list.

    • 146
      ) RRRoger
      June 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

      typo: I am not interested in the D400 unless it is FullFrame.
      The D600 may be my next camera to replace the D7000.
      I will keep the V1 and D800

  60. 141
    ) Vartkes Nadjarian
    June 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I have several DX lenses which I use with my D7000. If the rumors are true and Nikon releases a budget FX camera, will DX lenses work and what do you lose in the process?
    Thanks

    • 143
      ) Buddy
      June 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

      The exposure from a DX lens would not fill the entire sensor of a full frame camera. So the edges of the pictures would be dark. You could crop this out later, when you transfer your pictures to a computer. The end result would be similar to taking the picture in a camera with a cropped frame (like you D7000).

      This link might help:
      http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/tutorials/crop_sensor_cameras_and_lenses.html

  61. 142
    ) RRRoger
    June 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

    This looks like a slightly larger/heavier D7000 to accommodate the FX mirror box.
    The AutoFocus and metering will be updated/improved and it will have a faster Expeed Processor.

    If this is the camera on my wishlist, I will take two.

  62. 144
    ) evomm
    June 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I sold my d7000 because of focus issues, now I don’t know should I buy d700, or wait with no camera, God knows how long- to see what’s coming next. Anyway, I think I can never go wrong with a d700 !?
    And this d600 is going to take forever to become available after it’s announced :)
    I think D700 is a pretty sweet deal right now with is lower price tag ?

    • 150
      ) Jorge Balarin
      June 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Hi !

      I have a D700 and I’m very happy with it. I like very much it’s low light performance and it has not autofocus problems. Paired with the 24-70 f/2.8, the 70-200 f/2.8 and the 85mm f/1.4 its superb. In the future I would like to have a D800 for landscape shots, but I would keep my beloved D700.

  63. 145
    ) Liz
    June 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    The D700 would be an excellent camera for sure and I have thought about it, but for me personally since it doesn’t have video capabilities it seems like a waste and even on sale not that much less than the D800. If I’m going to buy a FX camera I’ll wait for an affordable one (D600) with 1080hp video or save up for the D800. Meanwhile I’ll stick to my D5100/3200 and DX lenses. I really want FX but not going to get impulsive. Unless I get some major dream gig I’ll hold off.

  64. 147
    ) Matt
    June 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

    A D600 cheap FX makes a lot of sense. Nikon would sell them by the barrow-load !

  65. 148
    ) KSPGM
    June 13, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Hi Nasim,

    You said:

    ” it is just a matter of time until we see a fast and accurate autofocus system on mirrorless cameras”.

    Isn’t it here already with Nikon’s V1?

    My D300s is moving futher and further to the back of my cupboard and I’m seriuosly considering not replacing it with Dx but moving to FX … just as you predict! So this D600 is very interesting to photographers like me. Maybe I am Nikon’s ‘characteristic customer’ in the CX/DX/FX debate ! perhaps their world plan is just as yoy have predicted – two types of customer CX+FX or DX?

    Hope this point about the Nikon 1 has not be made already (it is a long thread!)

  66. 151
    ) PAUL TIRAJOH
    June 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Nasim,
    Which high ISO performance (NR) is better 24MP D600 or 12MP D700 ?

  67. 154
    ) Jim
    June 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The “rumors” have already leaked posted pictures of the soon to be released D600z

    To me, it looks like it’s going to be a glorified FX version of the D7000 with a 24 MP sensor.

    Link to view this info can be found at:

    http://m.engadget.com/2012/06/14/nikon-d600-pictures-leak-offers-full-frame-snapping-at-a-crop-f/

    To be honest, If it’s an FX version of a D7000- I’m not interested.
    …….

    • 155
      ) Nelson
      June 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      So what?

      It is the camera for those of us, who need a D7000, but want something with more “spice”…

  68. 156
    ) Ajay
    June 19, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I presume that once D600 is released the price of D700 may also come down to a similar 1500$ level . The dilemma for me would be whether to go for the better focusing system of the D700 or the higher pixels and novelty factor of D600. I suspect that I may opt for D700, especially as it would be easily available at local stores whereas D600 would require a longer wait. I am not very interested in the higher megapixels of the D600 but would certainly want to compare the 1600-3200 ISO performance of both D600 and D700.

  69. 157
    ) Jim
    June 19, 2012 at 6:53 am

    A D600 will never be a D700

  70. 160
    ) ralittle2
    June 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I’m not interested in a D600. I’m interested in the replacement for the D300s, which hopefully will be a D400 and not a 7xxx. Maybe I’m not attuned to the market, but why would Nikon give up a prosumer DX market to Canon?

    • 162
      ) Walter
      June 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Exactly my sentiment. DX has enough advantages and subsequent followers. D600 to be an entry level FX and D400 the top notch DX – would make a lot of sense to me. If not, then I will stick with my D300.

    • 163
      ) RRRoger
      June 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

      I think Canon has already given up on the Pro DX market by converging the 1DX.
      Nikon only has to beat the 7D and they already have in most ways with the D7000.

      The Rumor has it that the D400 Production will be moved from Thailand to Japan.
      If so, it will have nearly the same body as the D800 and very low numbers are expected to be produced.
      At $1799 Nikon would probably loose money on each one, but gain “face” for your sake.

      • 165
        ) Jim
        June 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Canon’s 7D can be somewhat considered their Pro DX market, and for what it’s worth, it is a very good camera…..if you are a Canon guy (or girl) – It is actually more closely related to the D300s (no, NOT the D300) with regard to build and speed but in fact has more pixels and does out shoot it FPS (as well as that of the D7000) – So I (again I) would not compare a Canon 7D to a Nikon D7000 .

        The D7000 is more closely related to the Canon D60 all the way around, including price.

        (Not slamming the D7000- and this is not an argument….merely a comparison)

  71. 164
    ) Ralittle2
    June 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I haven’t heard that. Where was the D300s produced?

  72. 166
    ) Shaz
    June 27, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I would think this would be something that’s too good to be true, and it would make no business sense whatsoever for Nikon. Essentially they would be releasing something that would compete with their own D800 and judging from the responses from some readers that is exactly what it would do.

    I do, however, think over time more and more full frame DSLRs will be coming out. Currently Nikon and Canon have FF on only their top 2 models (D800(E)/ D4 and 5dII/1Dx, respectively). As sensor cost invariably keeps heading south, so too will more and more people who can afford them to the point that eventually, maybe say in 10 years?, most DSLRs will be FF, even some intro level ones. APS-Cs, 4/3 and similar will become strictly for compacts and mirrorless interchangeable lense types. I have a feeling Pentax would fire the first shot in this battle, releasing a FF replacement for the K-5, and only after then would Nikon and Canon respond.

    • 167
      ) RRRoger
      June 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

      All Nikon and other cameras compete with each other.
      If the D600 is cheaper and simpler to use than the D800, it will make very good business sense.
      This is supposed to be an “entry level” camera.
      It will attract lots of new users to Nikon products.
      Once they are bitten by NAS, they will be on the upgrade path.
      The potential to sell lots of lens and high end cameras should actually increase.

  73. 168
    ) Jowie
    July 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Nasim,

    Where do you think D700 will be in the Nikon line of SLRs once D600 hits the market? Do you think D700 price will drop tremendously?

    • 169
      ) Jim
      July 23, 2012 at 8:02 am

      The D700 will always be a different animal than the D600

      The D600 will be a glorified D7000, that being a “pro-sumer” built body with an FX format sensor, so while it may have more pixels and be a newer technology, it will by no means be the same caliber quality wise as the D700.

      Personally- I believe this leave room for yest another model. ( D7x?)

      The D800 is NOT a D700 replacement- it is a baby D3x (honestly, it’s really just a smaller, smarter, more cost effective D3x)

      The D600 will be a great buy for those seeking an FX format camera with less than pro quality body features. The D800 is a great studio/landscape camera for those seeking a gazillion pixels and super large files to play with.

      Neither one of them suite the market that the D700 held- that being a bullet-proof, weather sealed, fast shooting solid as a rock performing all around GREAT camera for most everybody and anyone expecting very good to great results in their pictures.

      My take remains: D600 cool for 1st time FX shooters toting a camera around. D800 Great for those needed a mega pixel count.

      In the end I still believe that a void remains in the Nikon lineup, that being a D300s replacement (DX replacement) as well as a solid FX replacement

      Who knows- maybe we will see a D400 replace Nikon’s robust D300′s and a D700x (or D701, 0r D750-whatever new number Nikon chooses) to replace the D700 – 2 of Nikon’s most reliable cameras ever made.

      Nothing in the Nikon line right now can be considered an equal to either one of these.

      • 170
        ) Mark
        July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

        Maybe Nikon will upgrade the D700… and yes the D800 seems like a smaller bodied D3x. What will the D700’s calling card be? Similar high ISO performance to the D4 but in a smaller body?

        As for the D300s… I cannot imagine going back to a D300 today after having used a D7000 for 1.5 yrs. Reworking RAW files taken with a D300, there is a significant difference in low light and the extra pixels do help in many cases. Burst shooting in RAW is not great on the D7000 – about 9 frames before it stops but in almost all other respects it is a better camera than the D300.

        And I just keep thinking about the increasing quality of smaller sensors and struggling to see where the benefit is for 95%+ of photographers in using FX as opposed to a good DX camera and lens set. ‘Mike’ commented on May 27 about his upgrade from a D90 to a D800. I have no doubt the quality is vastly better – but I think Mike would have been fairly impressed by the move from a D90 to D7000. If he is happy lugging around all those huge FX lenses that’s fine. Its not for me. I have the Tokina 11-16, the controversial 18-200 Nikon – Photoshop corrects the distortion and yes, its not supersharp at 200 unless you stop down – but its so quick to use and always ready for a great shot… and the 80-400 with its clunky focus (but it can take great photos – and imagine if Nikon made a DX version of this lens at 2/3 the weight with VR2).

        The D400… some blogs have suggested it won’t be made. I have met pro photographers who loved the D300 and don’t need FX – weddings/paps etc. I am not a pro and just aim to take decent pictures. Good though the D7000 is, its not a pro body so I have little doubt a D400 would become as popular as the D300 was for that sector of pros. If… it had say 24MP and similar performance to the D300S then it will surely be a class leading camera. I would certainly look to upgrade to the D400 then keep the D7000 as a very respectable second body… and the total kit would still weigh less than an FX system with 1 body if you want similar zoom magnification. I won’t be buying a D600 or a D800 however good they are.

  74. August 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Oh, who knows ….. **Not sure why the market needs a camera like this.**

    Most folks who might buy it (because of the low price) are already heavily-invested in the smaller DX format lenses and would need to spend a lot to buy the larger FX lenses. I suspect that the D400 (if true) would be far more popular because it would also offer 24 megapixels (plenty!) with the DX lenses that SO many people already own.

    Sure, larger pixels with a full-frame sensor would be nice, but the folks who are SO budget-conscious will not want that if they must spend money on FX lenses.

    (I own a D800 and a D7000; have tested the D3200 and it is impressive!! I might replace the D7000 with the D400 if it does become available, but highly unlikely that I would buy a D600 … and I DO own FX lenses.)

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