5D3 is the only D700 replacement, it is OKAY to jump ship. You don't have to worry about AF malfunctioning. 5D3's AF is a thundering successes!
ScottRH: Ok, now where is the D700 replacement and the D400 DX ?
5D3 is the TRUE D700 replacement. 61 vs 51 AF pts., 22 vs 12 mp, silent mode at 3fps vs no silent mode, video w/h mic vs no video, same high ISO performance according to DXO, same build and weather sealing(5D3 uses gaskets on buttons), 950g vs 1075g, 35cr2 vs 17nef buffer, 100% vs 95% VF and it can focus in low light -2ev vs -1ev. This is the legitimate D700 replacement spec for specs, NOT D800 or D600.
AbrasiveReducer: Assuming this is made in Thailand and the lens is from China, it doesn't seem like that much of a price breakthrough.
This is price gouging if this is really made in Thailand, look at the bottom of the cam?
WhaleShark: dpreview has done a disservice to readers by not clearly pointing out that the D600 is a total fail as a serious video tool - even though Nikon is trying to sell it as one.
Why?1) Audio gain (& headphone level) cannot be adjusted while shooting (source: Nikon USA website)2) Aperture (and hence exposure) cannot be adjusted while shooting (source: the preview above)3) As if that wasn't enough, the Nikon website also says that the HDMI output 'may' not have the same pixel dimensions as those that you chose -- in other words, the 1080x1920 output will be what? All sorts of post-production stupidity might result from this.
I would have loved to have listened to the stream of expletives that must have been flowing from the lips of the poor suckers who had to shoot Nikon's doc-style promo videos with these. No wonder so many shots look wooden and set up.
What could have been a nice stills and video camera is actually just a nice stills camera with useless video buttons on it.
So what are you saying, Nikon crippled the video too? If so, then they are really protecting their D4/D800 cams.
Paul Petersen: I was hoping the price would have come in within 500 dollars of the D7000 but now its over twice the current price.WTH Sony has embedded phase detect on their 24mpFF sensor but the new Nikon does not? It seems Nikon has been very skimpy with the features to protect the D800's position.Looks like I will be sticking with the D90 a little longer.Pete
Just to be clear here, there is no such thing as to "protect D800" sales, a sold Nikon camera body is good for the bottom line. Best of all, they will buy numerous AFS glass during their honeymoon. Now if you cripple the features and don't provide direct replacement of certain models like D700, a buyer starts imagining a tour de force of A99 specs, the unmatched EF line up.....then one of this daydreamer jumps ship. So in the end who did Nikon protect?
Yep, this is CLEARLY not a replacement of the D700, far from it. Nikon got soft on the features for the purist, it seems like they crippled it then added video features, priced it above 2k then called it an entry level FF camera. A very strange marketing strategy knowing that their are a boatload of D700 owners and possibly D300/s owners waiting to upgrade to a legitimate D700 replacement.
HBowman: Long Live to the D700. No need to replace it against this ;)
For the PURIST(still photographers), D700 is the number ONE, it has a single mold metal alloy body, a pro grade build and weather sealing, a proven 51pts. AF system, a machine gun frame rate of 8fps, a proven AWB, it can do 1/8000 of a sec. in tv, an excellent high ISO performance(2400 DXO), an extremely manageable NEF files in post and storage, a superior ergonomics and BEST OF ALL a price below 2k. Oh and one more thing, it is better looking too!
57even: Sadly my personal experience of the D7000 AF system came up pretty short, though Nikon informed me it was "within specs". If it was, they were pretty poor specs. Won't be buying another camera with the same system so soldier on with the D700. Funnily enough it still seems to work pretty well!
You are not the only person attesting to the D7000's AF capability, I don't think it is a user error.
Absolutic: Barney, your information is incorrect. With $200 what seems to be permanent instant rebate, Canon 5D Mark 2 is currently $1999 everywhere in the USA, and actually $1979 on amazon. Canon 5D Mark 2 is the cheapest full frame DSLR on the market currently, not D600.
5D2 also has better weather sealing, made of a single mold metal body, it can go 1/8000, has a proven AF system and a decent high ISO performance.
AncalagonTotof: Where's the AF-ON button I have on my good old (and dusty) D200 ?Where's the orientable screen ? More professional if fixed ? But this body seems too simple, more amateur oriented ? And very expensive for such features.I have been waiting 2 or 3 years for the D400. I can wait a bit more. Then, I'll see if I change my D200 for a D400, or if I spare (a lot of) money for a D800 and to change few DX lenses.
Waiting can be a good thing, the price will surely drop, beta testers will discover problem for you and you can save more $$$ just in case you decide to upgrade to a higher model or jump ship.
InTheMist: I'm considering this as a backup for my D800, but I find the price too high.
There are a LOT of compromises for the $900 price difference.
Please list the compromises you are talking about?
Catallaxy: 1/4000 shutter, the poor 39 point AF (compared to CAM3500 in the D300/D700), and max 5.5 fps with no boost from the grip. These are the three things that will keep me from upgrading from my D700.
Lets hope they bring out a D400 that is better than this for wildlife and sports.
I wish Nikon success and they will probably sell a ton of the D600s, but it does not fit my needs.
Yep, Nikon drop the ball on 1/4000. This is a $2100 camera, it should be able to do 1/8000. These much cheaper bodies like D7000, D300 and D300s, all can go 1/8000.
MechaHerc: 1/4000 shutter?
Now that I think about it, this is a $2100 camera. The 5D2 is about the same price point now but can go 1/8000, same as these much cheaper bodies like D7000, D300 and D300s, all can go 1/8000.
ThomasH_always: How can someone (dpreview reviewer) call D600 fairly low costs, whereas we are confronted with a "price surprise" on a large scale? Rumor was, and expectation was around $1500, and I would say: That would be enough for a body like that, with D7000/D5000 like controls.
For me its a clear and decisive "no buy".
I know, NR is $600 off, that's SB-910 right there. Just wait, maybe it'll drop in a year. You don't want to be a beta tester if there is an AF problem.
marike6: I was thinking of getting a D7000 to back up my D800, but the D600 makes much more sense with the FF lenses I have. And if it's video is even better than the D800, with significantly less moire, I'll be ecstatic.
Between this camera, and the new Fuji X-E1 announcement, there is a ton to be excited about.
I agree, D600 is the perfect back up to the D800. Just make sure the AF in D600 is functioning properly, double and triple test it.
What is wrong with 1/4000 shutter? Not fast enough?
Dan: How does the AF compare to that of the D300? It seems that the 51-point AF in the D3/D700 is better than the one in the D300 in terms of speed. How does the 39-point in this D600 compare to that of the D300? Will the AF lag be about the same?
I would test its AF system thoroughly, if I was buying one, Nikon has been plagued with AF issues lately and like what Anthony John said, "the focusing of the D7000 is it's weak point" which is the exact same AF system used in D600. The 51pts. AF in D300 is much better IMO. The lag should be worst, but not noticeable.
Antony John: Same AF system as in the D7000? Many say that the focussing of the D7000 is it's weak point.
Yes it is the same as D7000 AF
Looks plasticky, a bit better looking than its big brother.
This is the paper tiger everyone is talking about, yawn......good night everyone!