Nikon D600 Review

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After many months of rumors of a budget full-frame camera, Nikon finally announced the Nikon D600 right before the Photokina 2012 show. Priced at $2,099 MSRP, the D600 is currently the cheapest full-frame DSLR from Nikon, around $900 cheaper than its bigger brother, the Nikon D800. The camera is designed for any kind of amateur and professional photography – from landscape and studio, to event and wildlife photography. In this review, I will not only provide detailed information about the camera, but will also try to answer the many questions and requests that we have gotten so far on it, along with comparisons to other DSLRs such as the Nikon D700, D800 and D3s.

Nikon D600 Review

While most of the features and components are borrowed from the D7000, the D600 is physically larger in size and comes with a brand new 24.3 MP CMOS sensor. And as you will see on the next pages of this review, with a native ISO range of 100-6400, the Nikon D600 provides pretty clean images throughout the ISO range for both daylight and low-light environments. Built to be affordable, it does not have the same robust autofocus system used on the D800 and D4 cameras, so it comes with an older 39 point AF system used on the D7000. Its shutter speed is limited to 1/4000th of a second and its flash sync is also limited to 1/200th of a second, which might be a disappointment for some photographers out there. However, it has 100% viewfinder coverage, 5.5 fps speed, which is faster than the D800’s 4 fps and has the same 3.2″ LCD monitor with 921,000 pixels used on the latest Nikon DSLR models. And movie fans will be delighted to see impressive 1080p video with uncompressed HDMI output.

Nikon has clearly taken an aggressive pricing strategy with the D600, although some may have been expecting a price of $1,500, which was widely circulated on a number of photography forums. While outgunned by both Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III relative to specifications, at only 60-70% of the price, the D600 represents a significant value. The camera is sure to attract a large number of customers that have been holding off upgrading their D700s, but also those who have been on the fence between the DX and FX camps, and put off by the higher costs of FX DSLRs. With the recent announcement of the Nikon 24-85mm VR lens, Nikon has signaled that it intends to bring value-priced FX lenses to the market to compliment the camera. And with the almost simultaneous announcement of the similarly priced 6D by Canon, the Nikon D600 now looks even better with its better features and sensor technology.

San Juan Mountains at Fall

NIKON D600 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58mm, ISO 100, 1/10, f/11.0

1) Nikon D600 Specifications

Main Features and Specifications:

  1. Sensor: 24.3 MP FX
  2. Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24mm
  3. Resolution: 6016 x 4016
  4. DX Resolution: 3936 x 2624
  5. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-6,400
  6. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  7. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600
  8. Processor: EXPEED 3
  9. Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter II with face recognition
  10. Dust Reduction: Yes
  11. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  12. Body Build: Magnesium Alloy
  13. White Balance: New White Balance System
  14. Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
  15. Shutter Durability: 150,000 cycles
  16. Storage: 2x SD slots
  17. Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
  18. Speed: 5.5 FPS
  19. Exposure Meter: 2016 pixel RGB sensor
  20. Built-in Flash: Yes, with Commander Mode, full CLS compatibility
  21. Autofocus System: MultiCAM 4800FX AF with 39 focus points and 9 cross-type sensors
  22. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 921,000 dots
  23. Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 30 fps max
  24. Movie Exposure Control: Full
  25. Movie Recording Limit: 20 minutes @ 30p, 30 minutes @ 24p
  26. Movie Output: MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed
  27. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  28. Two Live View Modes: One for photography and one for videography
  29. Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
  30. GPS: Not built-in, requires GP-1 GPS unit
  31. Battery Type: EN-EL15
  32. Battery Life: 900 shots
  33. USB Standard: 2.0
  34. Weight: 760g (body only), 850g (with battery and memory card)
  35. Price: $2,099 MSRP

A detailed list of camera specifications is available at

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NIKON D600 + 50mm f/1.8 @ 50mm, ISO 3200, 1/60, f/5.6

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