donbalaan: Just a response to those who are skeptical about the reason for D600 and think Nikon got it wrong.
I am perhaps a fine example why Nikon had hit the spot. Someone like me who is not a professional, had owned a D40 as a first DLSR for five years and at one point was ready to upgrade to a D7000. Luck would have it, the D600 was announced at a price point and body size that made it attractive, affordable and travel friendly to jump up to a Full Frame sensor to help capture fine moments of family life and travel trips.
Who on earth could actually think that Nikon got something wrong with the D600..?? I haven't seen the rest of this thread but that is a ridiculous thing to say. The D600 was made to fill in a gap between other models and they did it in style...
Like you donbalaan, I am no pro and have been using a D300 for the past 4 plus years and I might even consider the D300 to be one of Nikons all-time best DSLR's ever. It was a turning point for Nikon, to restore some real interest in Nikons lineup of hobby/semi pro class cameras. The D600 has carried on the lineage and it too is a real beauty and always appears to give you a great quality image. The D600 can never really be compared to anything below or above it becasue it is seated in the gap where it needs to be and is a camera unto itself. I certainly had no real dreams about owning any of the others in the affordable lineup, but knew the D600 was "the one" when it appeared. I'm sure many others would have thought along the same lines...
AlNikon: I come over to read about the opposition, knowing full-well that be it Nikon or Canon, it'll be worth buying and to read your reply makes me laugh. It simply sounds like you had your delicate Canon pride damaged, by the presence of the D600, which IS a goodie too - I do own one of these. Of course that small extra handful of grams could easily disappear with a battery grip or maybe even a lens you fancy, or something that you didn't even think of. Get used to the presence of the D600 and base your posts on fact, not jealousy... The D600 is here, it's great and it's going to kick butt. That doesn't mean to say the 6D wont also do that. I am not one-eyed enough to totally write-off a Canon as they are VERY capable cameras...
So anything heavier than a standard 6D is BAD. There'd be a lot of overweight DSLR's of many brands out there by that logic, wouldn't there..??
Anyway, we're arguin personalities here. Let's quit while we are both ahead... Bye...!!!
kk123: I keep my D3S.
And I am still waiting for the D400:Lightweight DX 18MP8fps without battery packageBuilt-in GPSFaster AF than D300/s
I'll never really get why people have to compare products to judge them instead of seeing them for what they are. The D600 is NOT a replacement for any existing model. It's a "D600" and was designed and built to be a D600 and nothing else. Sitting right between two other products, the D7000 and D800, it shows some thought by the manufacturer, doesn't it?
Its features were put into it in order to be what it is - the D600. If all DSLR's were made with just small incremental updates of an identical layout to the model before it, then everybody would moan and groan and they would wonder what the use is in buying the next model out. You'd be forever waiting for that different model to come out and probably too afraid to buy anything that was the "same old thing".
Nobody is expecting you to drop your D3 for a D600. It is however made for guys like me who now have something worthwhile to update to and not "possibly" down from, like you.
People, have some imagination - PLEASE...!!!
ETTE: D600 TARGET AUDIENCE?
I share some of the critics views here. I really don't get this camera, especially when the D800 has a ton more to offer. It is cheaper, but all the major features between these two are so huge that this camera makes no sense to me.
Just compare the D600 to the D800 first:- 24MP image -vs- 36MP- USB2 -vs- USB3- 150k shutter -vs- 200k- 39 point Af -vs- 51- 5.5 fps max -vs- 6 max in DX- 2,016 RGB -vs- 91,000- Partial Magnesium Alloy body -vs- Full- 9 Cross-type AF -vs- 15- No Aperture in Movie Mode -vs- Aperture.- 1/4000 -vs- 1/8000 speed- 1/200 sync -vs- 1/250- No Flash sync socket -vs- socket- Minus 1EV -vs- Minus 2EV... of what I can see so far....
If someone compares the D600 -vs- D800, I can't imagine a single reason why not buy rather the D800 and have a LOT MORE camera for NOT a lot more money. Or, if someone wants to save, then pick a DX camera or wait for the rumored D400. I really don't see the "target audience" for this camera. :-/
edited out - wrong place to post - SORRY...!!!
I just bought a D600 and not 2 nights before I did so, I saw a preview on this a99 and took great interest in it. I personally hope it succeeds as I like many Sony products and have always wondered just how good their DSLR range has been. While I don't share the sentiments of the previous post (some very stupid and foolish things said by him/her/it), I do hope that the a99 is a real force to behold so as to give some competition to the "Big Boys" standing on the corner. It has the technical specs to do it, but as to the real world stuff,, time will tell, NOT earthquakes - Get it..!!!
I come over to read about the opposition, knowing full-well that be it Nikon or Canon, it'll be worth buying and to read your reply makes me laugh. It simply sounds like you had your delicate Canon pride damaged, by the presence of the D600, which IS a goodie too - I do own one of these. Of course that small extra handful of grams could easily disappear with a battery grip or maybe even a lens you fancy, or something that you didn't even think of. Get used to the presence of the D600 and base your posts on fact, not jealousy... The D600 is here, it's great and it's going to kick butt. That doesn't mean to say the 6D wont also do that. I am not one-eyed enough to totally write-off a Canon as they are VERY capable cameras...
I bought a D600 just a few days ago. Initial results are quite good but I think that I will have to experiment a bit to exploit the D600's full capabilities. Compared to the D300 I also have, it is certainly a whole new camera alright. Would I recommend one to any other D300 owner - oh yes..!! If you want to keep your D300 as a backup camera, like I am, that's a good idea but get used to seeing better shots from the 600. In my opinion the D300 may go down as one of Nikons best ever DSLR's, for putting so much into it (build quality and options etc) and getting the best results possible in its class and/or above. It punches way above its weight and is hard to beat for a 12 MP camera but I think the D600 is already capable of "at least" the same sort of performance in its class, in my humble opinion. This may well become a 10/10 performer...