The Nikon D600 is a more affordable alternative to the 36MP D800. It boasts a 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and offers burst shooting at a top speed of 5.5 frames per second, an in-camera AF motor and a 39-point AF system. A 10.5MP DX crop mode provides some versatility for those who might be upgrading from Nikon's APS-C format DSLRs. Build quality and ergonomics are close to that of the prosumer Nikon D7100, but in terms of functionality and video features, it has more in common with the D800. The D600 is capable of 1080p video, providing input for an external microphone. Uncompressed video recording is possible via an HDMI connection. With sturdy environmental sealing, the camera body is resistant to dust and water damage.
Nikon D600 DSLR Camera
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“ There's a lot to like in the Nikon D600. In fact, really, there are very few areas in which it can be legitimately criticized given its market position and price point.”
- 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor
- 39-point AF system (9 cross-type)
- ISO 100-6400 expandable up to 25,600
- 3.2 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
- Full 1080p HD video
- 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting
- 100% viewfinder coverage
- 2,016-pixel RGB TTL metering sensor
- Single-axis level in viewfinder, dual-axis level in live view
- 10.5MP DX-format crop mode
- Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
- Dual SD card slots
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Max resolution||6016 x 4016|
|Other resolutions||4512 x 3008, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2008, 3008 x 1688, 2944 x 1968|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)|
|ISO||100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (4)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||39|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|Continuous drive||5.5 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(2, 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Wireless notes||Wu-1b mobile adapter|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Water and dust resistant)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||900|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Nikon D600 brings full frame functionality to the masses, along with dual SD card slots and 100% viewfinder coverage. Image quality at high ISO sensitivities is outstanding, and a wealth of customization options enables quick access to shooting controls.
Full frame shooters looking for a smaller, lighter and less expensive alternative to pro-level DSLRs. Photographers who often shoot at high ISOs.
Not So Good For
Sports shooters who need wider AF coverage or videographers who demand real-time aperture control and fullscreen HDMI output.
Excellent camera, best I've ever owned, first full frame for me, no complaints at all other that the need to clean the large sensor.
bad colors, no aperture adj in live view, bad ergonomics, spots on sensor
I've had this camera now for 4 months and I get more disappointed with it everyday. After spending so much on a camera you'd think there would be little room for disappointment. The reasons for this are listed in the subject line of this review. I wanted to love this camera. I read all the reviews and was super impressed with it sensor quality ratings from DxO Labs, but have come to learn the hard way that there is so much more to a camera than what the lab results produce. We live in the ...
Update to my review...
I originally rated the D600 5 stars. I put about 2,400 shots through my Nikon D600. Yes I had the oil/dust spot issue on the sensor that many others are complaining about. I cleaned the sensor (Manually) after 600 shots. Then again after 1,000 shots. Within a few hundred exposures after cleaning the sensor, the oil spots would reappear. Bottom line - I returned the camera. My feeling is that I shouldn't have to put up with this. I've heard from several sources that eventually the ...
Full frame. Priced right.
Keep up with the hard drive size to relax on the edit or delete files. Works beautifully with any af, af Dx af Fx and older primary type lenses. Does quality before quantity. Do your research. This is a keeper by any standard. It does mean business. Problems: 11 fps? It's not a D4 or a D800E, check the cost.
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