Nikon D600 DSLR Camera

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87% Gold Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 3
Image
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)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal, Basic
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 39
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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 6 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
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)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes Wu-1b mobile adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-1

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
87 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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.

User Reviews

4.20035 out of 5 stars
  • tallguy600, Feb 18, 2013 GMT:
    Best DSLR

    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.

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  • gsmithfam, Feb 5, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • deltaskyking, Jan 7, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • Doug, Jan 6, 2013 GMT:
    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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