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
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.
Is there any loss of IQ when using ISO 50 on d600?
Particularly, is DR compromised? If yes, how big is the difference - 1 stop or less? If no, why ISO 50 is not base ISO? I've never used ISO 100 on my d300 to avoid losing DR. Is d600 different in the way how ISO 50 is achieved then d300? So far I don't see difference in JPEG OOC, but since DxO support is not yet available I haven't yet make comparisons with RAW myself. Alex
That's a good description. I'd like to be a bit more specific than just "the output values are divided by two." The data recorded in the RAW file at ISO 100 and ISO 50 (keeping all other settings the same) will be the same. Where the division by two occurs in the camera, is only for the JPEG-file generation. This keeps the ISO 50 in-camera JPEG from appearing over-exposed. Of course, the in-camera histogram shows the JPEG-file levels (not the RAW file levels), so the ISO 50 histogram is shifted left one stop from where the ISO 100 histogram will be for the same image at the same settings. Yes, use of ISO 50 will cause the raw converter to perform the same divide-by-two of the RAW data before it renders the image, or outputs it to another format. Now, what about DR? Speaking of overall DR, i.e., that which DxOmark measured at 14.2 stops, ISO 50 and ISO 100 offer exactly the same. What changes, is the split of that range between highlight headroom and shadow headroom. At ISO 50 ... Continue Reading
Just curious - did you use Google translate for this post from some non-english language? Continue Reading
Cannot speak for the D600, but I own the Sony A850 (24MP FF), and Sony very clearly states in their manual that using ISOs below the base ISO will result in reduced dynamic range. How much, I have no idea. But it was sufficient to convience me to never use the reduced ISOs. Continue Reading
Are Nikons made in Thailand now?
I looked at D600 and D800 at local store and saw Made Thailand. Sells person tried to tell me that they're assembled in Thailand, but it was clearly stated "MADE in THAILAND". Is this a norm for Nikons now. Oh BTW 24mm lens was made in China. Is Nikon going "cheap"?
You may want to see your eye doctor if you read Made in Thailand from the bottom of a D800, since they are built "Made" in Japan and that is clearly printed on the bottom of mine. Continue Reading
Your surprise is more than 20 years late! The Nikon plant in Bankok Thailand began operations in 1991. For the past several years all of Nikon's DX model DSLR bodies have been assembled in Thailand (and all of the FX bodies have been made in Japan). Continue Reading
I intentionally omitted the 'Panasonic'. Almost certainly, the Panasonic lenses are a branding arrangement, like the Zeiss for Sony. There is no great skill in designing a great lens these days - things like Zemax make it relatively straightforward. What is more tricky is keeping the production tolerances that allow the higher quality designs to function, and Zeiss markets the QA instrumentation and methodology that goes with Zeiss branded lenses. I'd guess the same is true of the 'leica' lenses on Panasonics, designed and made by Panasonic, tested using Leica instrumentation and branded 'Leica'. Interestingly, most of the mFT lenses are branded 'Lumix', and still seem to be pretty good. Unwarranted. They might have been not as well finished, but they were excellent. I remember once that AP ran a test of every 50/1.4. The winner was the Zeiss (West) Planar, which confused me, because the Zeiss (East) Pancolor beat it on every optical test. The Nikon wasn't really a knockoff of the ... Continue Reading
D600 RAW noise beats 5D MKIII
The D600 beats the competition according the the graphs on: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d600/8 So why do the sample images look worse?
rbirkby wrote: The D600 does indeed have lower noise than the 5D3 in raw. The part I found funny was how someone rated your post with a thumbs down. I had to laugh as some Canon fanboy probably got upset, and voted it down. This is what these forums have come to....fanboys and trolls pummelling posts with thumbs down ratings. Continue Reading
Or... unless of course you want to see them. I'm not actually saying they're there or not there. But I will say that people will see whatever they want to see. You just have to look at the arguing between Canon and Nikon fanboys to realize this to be the case. Continue Reading
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