Nikon D600

$1,559
  • 24.2 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Released September, 2012
These images are stored as movies that be played back at speeds of between 24 and 36,000 times faster, making the feature especially useful for the creation of time-lapse movies.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

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First reviewed September, 2012

Features Key features of the Nikon D600

Angle view of Nikon D600
Frame rates are consistent regardless of image quality or crop mode.
Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

megapixels

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36.2 MP

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Read our in-depth Nikon D600 review now... The Nikon D600 is a new full-frame digital SLR camera featuring a 24.3-megapixel FX format sensor, 39-point AF system, 14-bit analogue-to-digital conversion and a glass prism optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage.
Nikon D600 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
The big news with that camera was its pixel count of 36MP, which when it was released, comfortably eclipsed everything else around (and at the time of writing still does).
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

sensor size

Nikon D600
Nikon D7100
Nikon D7000
The point remains, however, that the D600's AF coverage is unusually small for a full frame DSLR and may indeed make the camera less appealing as a D800 backup for action shooters.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
With 0.7x magnification (using a 50mm lens focussed at infinity), the Nikon D600's viewfinder image isn't the biggest in the market - however, those stepping up from an APS-C model will still find it positively huge.
Nikon D600 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

viewfinder size

Nikon D600
Nikon D7100
Nikon D7000
Features like 5.5fps shooting at full-resolution, 100% viewfinder coverage, full HD video capture with an option to record uncompressed footage via HDMI and a customizeable 39-point AF system would be pretty impressive in a camera costing much more.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Features like 5.5fps shooting at full-resolution, 100% viewfinder coverage, full HD video capture with an option to record uncompressed footage via HDMI and a customizable 39-point AF system would be pretty impressive in a camera costing much more.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

body size

141 x 113 x 82 mm
132 x 105 x 77 mm
136 x 107 x 76 mm
The lower weight has mainly to do with the body material - the Nikon D600 has a body shell whose rear and top plates are made of metal but the front plate is plastic.
Nikon D600 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
Thankfully this light weight doesn't come at the expense of reduced build quality.
Nikon D600 by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

focus points

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Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx).
Nikon D600 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
The arrangement of the 39 focus points is similar to the D7000 but on the D600, they are grouped even more tightly in the centre of the frame, offering less coverage for the off-centre areas.
Nikon D600 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Nikon D600

DxOMark image quality

Nikon D600
Nikon D300
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Overall image quality is very impressive indeed.
Nikon D600 by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
Contrast and saturation are pleasing and the auto white balance performs fairly well given the conditions.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

Nikon D600
Nikon D300
Nikon D7000
This video clip demonstrates the low light performance of the D600 along with the image stabilization of the Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR lens.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
In the hundreds of frames that we've shot with the camera, including images taken at night and in very poor interior lighting, only a handful are anything other than totally sharp.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

shutter lag

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The Nikon D600 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
Nikon D600 by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
You can specify a fixed, minimum shutter speed value to ensure sharp pictures - this is generally most useful when you need a high shutter speed to freeze motion.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

continuous shooting

The smaller DX format image files do allow for substantially higher burst capacity and increased frame rates once the camera buffer is full.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
After taking an exposure in live view, the rear LCD remains blacked out until the image is written to the card, a delay that can last several seconds when shooting bursts in RAW+JPEG mode.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

battery life

900 photos
500 photos
1,050 photos
While battery life is rated competitively for this class, I did want to offer one warning: despite supporting the Eye-Fi API in-camera, the card definitely drains quite a bit of battery.
Nikon D600 by c|net (Oct, 2012)
Another plus - the D600 shares the same battery as both the D7000 and the D800, which should make life a little easier for anyone intending to run it alongside either older model.
Nikon D600 by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
  • Generic
  • 94.0
  • Full frame
  • Yes
  • 3.2"
  • 300 ms
  • 14.2 ev
  • 25.1 bits
  • Opaque
  • 2,980 ISO
  • Built in flash

cons

  • 921 k dots
  • 25,600 ISO
  • 5.5 fps
  • None
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 0.5 fps
  • 260 ms
  • None
  • No geotagging included
  • Sep, 2012
  • No automatic stitching
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 87%
Read the review (Nov, 2012)
In the Program, Aperture and Shutter-priority shooting modes, the only method of exposure control is via exposure compensation adjustments of +/- 3EV, with the camera always using Auto ISO.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Oct, 2012)
On the Nikon D600, Live View auto focus is actually quite fast for a traditional dSLR camera and certainly faster than any other Nikon - apparently the new sensor has better read-out speeds which always helps with contrast-detect auto focus.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Oct, 2012)
Metering is handled by a 2016-pixel RGB sensor that works with the sensor to feed information to the camera’s Scene Recognition System.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Sep, 2012)
Images shot up to ISO 1600 are largely noise-free, with even ISO 3200 producing minimal artefacts.
Rated 83%
Read the review (Oct, 2012)
On the right shoulder sit the status LCD, dedicated metering and exposure compensation buttons, the power switch circumscribing the shutter button, and a tiny video record button.

Sensor

Once more raw developers add support for the Nikon D600's NEFs we'll be able to see if there's even more highlight headroom in the raw files, but what we are seeing here is pretty astounding as it is.
Nikon D600 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
One exception is the processing of raw+JPEG shots, which occasionally held me up on reviewing images right after shooting.
Nikon D600 | Rated 83% by by c|net (Oct, 2012)
For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in Raw mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera Raw.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

Lens

They'll jam if you try to use them on the D600 (but will mount just fine on lower-end models in the D3XXX and D5XXX class, albeit without aperture indexing).
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
This makes it easy to vary the field-of-view for grabbing footage, even if you've got a prime lens mounted.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Unlike Nikon's higher-end DSLRs though, the D600 does not offer live aperture control during live view viewing.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

Focus

Similarly, Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lenses are excellent performers, while still being reasonably affordable.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Cycling among the 39 AF-area points can be done easily and quickly by 'feel' with the camera held to your eye in the shooting position.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Being picky, we’d have to say that the 39 AF points are grouped a little too closely in the centre of the frame, which requires you to focus and recompose in some situations.
Nikon D600 | Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Image quality

Colours are vibrant without being over-saturated.
Nikon D600 | Rated 90% by by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
The Nikon D600 also contains a fifth button in this area for quick switching between Picture Control colour saturation presets.
Nikon D600 | Rated 90% by by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
On the plus side, the more intense chroma noise reduction has neutralized the blue noise in the shadows, but has reduced color saturation in the rest of the image in the process.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

Autofocus

In good light, the D600's AF system proved very capable in all of the environments in which we used it.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status; Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used.
Nikon D600 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
But a quick trip to the D600's lengthy custom functions menu reveals that its AE-L/AF-L button can be assigned to act as AF-ON.
Nikon D600 | Rated 87% by by DPReview (Nov, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Sony SLT-A99 Most detailed video recording mode Sony SLT-A99 vs Nikon D600
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Nikon D700 OK viewfinder D700 vs D600
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Nikon D800 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark D800 vs D600
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Nikon D7000 Most shots per battery charge D7000 vs D600
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Nikon D300 4-way tie: Fastest rapid fire mode D300 vs D600
Front view of Nikon D600

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Editions Editions of the Nikon D600

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Nikon D800
  • 36.2 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
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8 more Sortable users recommended the D600 over the D800.
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Beginner II
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I'd choose the D600, it seems to be have slightly better ISO handling than the D800, is $1k cheaper than D800, and is slightly faster fps for shooting action.  I'm not too sure about the Sony, if...

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Hey Yirmin I think you are mistaken, the D600 does indeed have a built in focus motor. There was a rumor going around before it was launch that Nikon had left it out, but that rumor turned out...

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D800 is obviously for someone quite mature who really knows what he/she is paying for. Especially if u're not a full time pro photographer, but just are an amateur hobbyist , d600 will be the...

Nikon D7000
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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If your planning on waiting until your in Canada to get the body cheaper then maybe you should pick up D600 or maybe a used D800 when you get there. The specs are some of the best out there and...

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The right step up for you is definitely a full-frame. I would wait for the D600, though. I'm sure this camera will fit somewhere in the middle of Nikon's range of full-frame camera, it will also...

Sony SLT-A99
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  • Full frame EXMOR
  • 3" LCD
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I'd choose the D600, it seems to be have slightly better ISO handling than the D800, is $1k cheaper than D800, and is slightly faster fps for shooting action.  I'm not too sure about the Sony, if...