Received the Nikon D600 today. The battery is charging now, but I could not wait and started using my D800E battery. I am pretty excited about the D600, especially after DxOMark ranked its sensor the second best in the world. Now I need to verify that claim with real image sample comparisons, especially at high ISOs. Cameras to be tested today: Nikon D700, Nikon D800E, Nikon D3s. I have access to the D4 and D7000, but most likely won’t be able to do those today, before my trip to San Juan Mountains (the Landscape Photography Workshop will take place this weekend).
A couple of quick notes before the upcoming Nikon D600 review:
- The viewfinder is huge! It is as big as the one on the Nikon D800. If you are upgrading from a Nikon D7000 or any other DX camera, this alone is worth the upgrade in my opinion.
- The 39 focus points are not as concentrated in the center as I thought they would be. Yes, the D800 has a bigger spread, but it is not a big difference between the two. Just like I have pointed out in my Nikon D600 limitations article, the Multi-CAM 4800FX is indeed designed differently than the DX version.
- Although the analysis is preliminary, autofocus seems to be fast and accurate – I would say on par with the Nikon D800 (yes, that extra light in FX does make a difference).
- The – and + indicators are still reversed. I think we will see this behavior as default on all future Nikon DSLRs.
- The multi-function button is smaller on the D600 compared to the one on the D800 (not a big deal, but I like it bigger).
- Image quality is phenomenal (samples to follow in the upcoming review).
My next task is to evaluate its AF accuracy and make sure that the camera does not have the same issues as the original Nikon D800/D800E shipments. This one will take me a while, but I should have an update by tomorrow. I also have two other units coming in for a detailed analysis. I want to check what Nikon has done since the bumpy D800 launch in terms of AF issues. I hope to see all 3 units without any problems.
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P.S. Looks like Nikon did a great job with providing enough stock this time. B&H Photo Video has the Nikon D600 in stock right now and almost every other retailer I have checked has enough stock as well. This camera will sell like crazy! I am keeping this one and will most likely keep the second unit as another backup.
NOTE: A detailed, in-depth review of Nikon D600 has been posted.