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Nikon announces D600 24MP enthusiast full-frame DSLR

By dpreview staff on Sep 13, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Photokina 2012: Nikon has announced the D600, the smallest, least expensive full frame DSLR on the market, aimed directly at enthusiast photographers. The D600 is built around a 24MP, 36x24mm, CMOS sensor and crams many of the features of the more expensive D800 into a distinctly D7000-esque body. It features a 100% coverage viewfinder and 39-point autofocus system, nine of which are cross-type points. It can capture 1080p HD video at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second and can stream uncompressed footage out over its HDMI port. There's also an optional Wi-Fi unit allowing the camera to be controlled remotely from an Android or iOS device. The D600 will have a list price of $2,099 body only, or $2,699 with the 24-85mm F3.5-5.6 lens and will be available from September 18th.

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PERFORMANCE THAT FUELS THE PASSION: THE NEW NIKON D600 PUTS FX-FORMAT IN FOCUS FOR PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS

MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 13, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the 24.3-megapixel (MP) D600, a camera that is designed to deliver the image quality and performance benefits of a full frame FX-format sensor to the enthusiast looking to take their dedication to the next level. The Nikon D600 offers a remarkable value, merging the perfect combination of a lightweight, compact form factor and superior image quality, making the leap into FX-format photography more attractive than ever.

Whether shooting stills or Full HD video, advanced features and Nikon technologies like the newly developed high resolution CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processing engine are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding creative vision. Additionally, Nikon's new optional WU-1b wireless adapter allows users to shoot high quality HD-SLR images and transfer them to their mobile device, making it easier to stay connected, without the need for wires.

"For many, image making is so much more than a hobby; it is a way of life that changes the way the world is perceived. The Nikon D600 represents a new category of camera for this user and demonstrates Nikon's devotion to the passionate photographer who is always looking for new ways to express their creativity through their photos and HD videos," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "By offering users the advanced FX-format and key features inherited from our professional cameras, along with new functions like optional wireless capabilities, Nikon is inspiring photographers by providing an imaging experience that satisfies like never before."

Superior Image Quality
Nikon's FX-format offers photographers exciting image quality possibilities, from dazzling dynamic range and exacting detail to stellar low-light ability. The D600 employs Nikon's newly developed, large 24.3 MP FX-format CMOS Sensor (35.9 x 24mm) to offer photographers a versatile camera that provides amazing image quality and sharpness, with ample resolution to tackle almost any project. Because the needs of the advanced amateur varies widely, the new CMOS sensor provides a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) to give photographers maximum low-light flexibility yielding clean images

with minimal noise and accurate color. The full ISO range can also be used while capturing HD video in challenging light. Nikon's exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine interprets the massive amount of image data flowing from the sensor to quickly process images and HD video. The result is striking images and impressive HD video that exhibits faithful color reproduction and tonal range throughout the frame.

Precision Technology Engineered for the Enthusiast
Enthusiasts of all types demand the best from their gear, and the Nikon D600 is a camera engineered with intuitive features that give photographers an edge in the field. Whether shooting lush landscapes, action sports or the elusive animals of the Serengeti, Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016 pixel RGB sensor excels in any situation. By recognizing the scene prior to capture, the system meticulously analyzes factors such as color and brightness with extraordinary precision and compares all the data using Nikon's exclusive 30,000 image database. The result is enhanced AF performance and flattering exposures.

For precise AF performance in a wide variety of shooting conditions, the D600 features a 39 point AF system with the new MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. This AF array is well suited to a wide variety of shooting styles and disciplines, offering AF modes to let users select a single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject throughout the frame. Additionally, the system features nine cross type sensors for maximum accuracy, while seven AF points are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8 for extreme telephoto applications.

To keep up with action sports, active wildlife or the photo opportunity that unexpectedly arises, the D600 is ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds, with a 0.052 second shutter release. The camera emphasizes speed and performance, from overall operation and image processing, helped in part by the exceptional EXPEED 3 processing engine. The camera is also capable of bursts of images at 5.5 frames per second (fps) at full resolution with full AF, to capture decisive moments. To further enhance speed and workflow, images and video can also be rapidly transferred to dual SD card slots that are compatible with the latest SDXC and UHS-1 high speed standards.

Enthusiasts will also appreciate other thoughtful features made to appeal to more advanced photographers, such as the 100% frame coverage seen through optical viewfinder. The wide and bright view makes it easy to compose in a variety of conditions, and affords the ability to enjoy shooting for hours on end with minimal eye fatigue. Additionally, the D600 features several scene modes and features to enhance creativity, including one-touch access to Picture Control functions through a new dedicated button. Photographers can also shoot images in High Dynamic (HDR) mode for amazing highlights, and create awe-inspiring time lapses with ease.

Experience Full HD
The Nikon D600 has advanced video features that are ideal for those ready to embrace the world of HD-SLR video, as well as those already enjoying its benefits such as manual control, depth of field, low-light ability and lensing options. This camera gives users the ability to record Full HD at varying frame rates and resolutions including 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p, and 720p video at 60, 50 and 30p. When shooting HD video at the highest quality setting, up to 20 minutes can be recorded, or up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in normal quality for added convenience when shooting static shots such as interviews and events. The large 3.2-inch 921K dot LCD screen makes it easy to preview images or video captured, navigate the menu system or confirm critical HD focus, while automatic brightness control adapts seamlessly to changing lighting conditions.

Sophisticated video features help to increase the production value on any project, including full manual control of exposure, and the ability to switch between FX and DX-format (1.5X) at Full HD for a telephoto boost and alter depth of field. Users can opt to focus manually or can take advantage of the full-time AF while recording to help ensure faces are in focus or track a moving subject. Additionally, videographers have the ability to capture audio with the onboard microphone or record stereo audio externally using the mic input. Audio can be monitored through the headphone jack and levels can be displayed on the LCD with peaking.

In addition to the ability to play back HD video and images through the HDMI terminal, users are also able to experience pro-grade video features in the Nikon D600. For monitoring and streaming applications, the image can be displayed on the LCD screen while simultaneously shown on another monitor through the HDMI, with or without shooting data. What's more, the D600 adds the ability to transfer uncompressed video via the HDMI connection, which can then be routed to a digital recorder or similar device.

Remote Sharing and Capture
Photography is a form of expression, which can now be shared more ways than ever before through social networks and online communities. To accompany the D600, Nikon has also announced the optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter that allows users to connect wirelessly to the camera. A companion Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™ based mobile devices is also available at no additional cost. 1 Furthermore, an application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital devices will be available on September 15, 2012.2

When connected, users are able to share their images taken with the D600 through their mobile device to their social circles, as well as send and download images from their camera to a compatible device.3 The adapter also allows users to remotely fire the D600's shutter from up to 50 feet from the camera, which is ideal for capturing photos from unique vantage points.

NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
Supporting the D600 is Nikon's heritage in optical excellence, more than 70 NIKKOR AF and AF-S compatible lenses for maximum versatility. Those with DX-format lenses will also be happy to know that these lenses can also be used on the camera as well as the ability to set DX crop for stills or video to extend the reach of telephoto or telephoto zoom lenses.

The new Nikon HD-SLR is also a gateway to Nikon's renowned Creative Lighting System (CLS) which illuminates a whole new world of creative image making using multiple Speedlights. A built-in Speedlight commander can control multiple Speedlights such as Nikon's SB-700, SB-910 or Wireless Close Up Speedlight System, and the camera can also control up to two individual speedlight groups for further creative control.

Constructed to Inspire
Built to withstand the wide variety of shooting conditions enthusiasts face, the body of the D600 is sealed and gasketed against dirt and moisture. The camera uses magnesium alloy top and rear construction to provide a lightweight camera with maximum durability. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles, and sensor cleaning is also employed. The battery is rated for approximately 900 shots, affording photographers the ability to shoot all day. Additionally, the optional MB-D14 Multi Power

Battery Pack extends the grip for comfort and can effectively double the battery capacity when using two batteries.

The D600 is also built with an emphasis on handling with thoughtful ergonomics and button placement, in a body that is compact enough to carry comfortably on any excursion. The hand grip has been improved for comfort, while the overall impression from using the camera is reassuringly solid. To avoid accidental engagement, the shutter button has been recessed, while the Mode Dial can be locked.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D600 will be available on September 18, 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,099.95*, for body only, or with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR for the SRP of $2,699.95*. The WU-1b will be also available on September 18, 2012 for an SRP of $59.95*. The MB-D14 Multi Power Battery Pack will be available in late September for an SRP of $322.00*. For more information on the new Nikon D600 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Nikon D600 specifications

Price
MSRPBody: $2099/ £1955.99 ; With 24-85mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR: $2699/£2443.99
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate
Sensor
Max resolution6016 x 4016
Other resolutions4512 x 3008, 3936 x 2624, 3008 x 2008, 3008 x 1688, 2944 x 1968
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISO100 - 6400 in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (50 - 25600 with boost)
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
File format
  • NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous low-speed [CL]
  • Continuous high-speed [CH]
  • Mirror-up [Mup]
  • Quiet Shutter Release
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes
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 BracketingYes (2 or 3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3 mired)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesWu-1b mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional, wired or wireless )
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Water and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)900
Weight (inc. batteries)850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.55 x 4.45 x 3.23)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSOptional
GPS notesGP-1

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Total comments: 235
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fpapp
By fpapp (Sep 13, 2012)

No Thanks! I'll stick with my D700 and D300!

4 upvotes
shahid11235
By shahid11235 (Sep 13, 2012)

A full-frame D7000.. That's all.

Don't get me wrong, D7000 is a great camera. I hate stupid "Scene modes" and missing AF-micro adjustment on a FF $2000 camera.

Even the D7000 has AF micro adjustment as well as Canon 7D.

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3 upvotes
Mark B.
By Mark B. (Sep 13, 2012)

Reminds me of people that complain about cams having video mode. You don't have to use it.

1 upvote
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Sep 13, 2012)

But missing AF adjustment is a cheesy omission for a camera of this price, period. I won't even consider it.

C

4 upvotes
Thorbard
By Thorbard (Sep 13, 2012)

This it the opposite to "if you don't like it, don't use it".

If you like the camera, but want AF adjustment, you're stuffed.

2 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (Sep 13, 2012)

I MUST agree with the micro adjustment!!!
(i guess nikon didn't want to completely screw canon... and their own 800 sales!)

2 upvotes
alexst4
By alexst4 (Sep 13, 2012)

From the specs on Nikon site:
Autofocus:
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. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)

Please not the "fine-tuning".

4 upvotes
shahid11235
By shahid11235 (Sep 13, 2012)

thanks for the information @alexst4

If that "fine-tuning" means the camera has got the AF-micro adjustment, then probably it's a worthy camera. :)

1 upvote
RStyga
By RStyga (Sep 13, 2012)

HAHAHA... Somebody tell me, please, that I missed something: "No AF micro-adjust function". In the year 2012 a FF DSLR by the mighty pro manufacturer Nikon, priced at $2000+, has no AF micro-adjust function for its PDAF system. There must be a 'genius' marketing manager behind this mega-screw up. My poor K-r has micro AF adjustment. I hope Nikon will release an unlock F/W patch to correct things before this outrageously moronic decision hit the consumer base.

This is hilarious...

10 upvotes
AV Janus
By AV Janus (Sep 13, 2012)

It's a serious fail.
In my experience I almost always needed to set different values for close focus and lower light shooting on many of the primes.
Zooms you learn to live with imperfections.

2 upvotes
RStyga
By RStyga (Sep 13, 2012)

I visited Nikon's product page for D600. It states about its AF system: "Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points..." etc.

So, 'fine-tuning' is possible; the question is, "Is this user accessible or not?"

http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/product_details.page?DCRPath=templatedata/en_AU/saleable_product_information/data/Digital%20SLR%20Cameras/D600.xml&currentProductTab=3&CategoryID=gp11zkm9

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1 upvote
welshwizard
By welshwizard (Sep 13, 2012)

Think I'll stick with what I've got, scene and idiot modes on a £2000 camera?

4 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Sep 13, 2012)

How about... not using them?
I have 5dmk2 and I have no idea what modes it has except A,T and M.

3 upvotes
UhBre
By UhBre (Sep 13, 2012)

I'll stick to what I got. It's too pricey for my hobby. I'm going to give it second look in 12 months.

1 upvote
dara2
By dara2 (Sep 13, 2012)

5dmk2 dial don't have scene mode, however it does have a emergency mode.

0 upvotes
philo123
By philo123 (Sep 13, 2012)

As a K5 user I really think this a a great enthusiast camera and with features that tempt all types of photographers. Kudos to Nikon here for listening to serious hobbyists. Price in the UK though is quite high!

1 upvote
williams359
By williams359 (Sep 13, 2012)

At £700 pounds cheaper than a 5DMKIII and I'm sure that will drop by £200-£300 very soon nikon is on to a winner. I shoot canon but i love what Nikon are doing

1 upvote
kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Sep 13, 2012)

Keep in mind Canon is still selling the 5D Mk II for about the same price as the D600. And the Mk II does have some feature this does not like micro focus adjust. This is not competing with the Mk III, it's competing with the Mk II.

0 upvotes
Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Sep 13, 2012)

Well, this is a surprise (not) - the worst kept secret since the I Phone 5 - as a Canon owner (I also use Nikon but my fav is Canon) I am rather impressed - it strikes me that Nikon have all the correct elements to really motor and gain a bigger share of the market - I'm thinking of weddings where I've found most real pro's (not Saturday morning specials) tend to use either Canon 5D2 or Nikon D3/ D700. This will add further pressure on Canon to reduce the price of the 5D3 (used one - fantastic camera but too expensive) or/and intro a cheaper FF, which is what I really want. Rock on Nikon !

2 upvotes
jerrycambuk
By jerrycambuk (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm done with big SLR's, as much as I've loved them over the years. My next purchase will be a Fuji X-E1 as a replacement for my D700. At least Fuji seem to get the fact that the UK is not treasure island as some of the other manufacturers think.......

Delighted that Nikon has announced the D600, but too late for me I'm afraid.

7 upvotes
KAMSA
By KAMSA (Sep 13, 2012)

Looks like SONY has put a trend for full-frame but I wil never jump over ;)

1 upvote
FTW
By FTW (Sep 13, 2012)

at that point we swing on the same frequency. There is nothing a FF makes better, I would even say that there are somethings APSC does better. All has advantages and disadvantages. But, sponge over that, we will end in endless discussions anyway. The funny thing is, we have now a FF camera in a price range that is honest and guess what? All what the 3000$ brothers have as extra features is missing and everybody starts complaining. A D800 for 1800$ will remain a dream anyway. A NEX-7 make same good pictures, and those who say it is not true can come and compete. At same picture size, the NEX shot resized to 36 mpix, you can't see the difference. Anyway, what ever comes on the market has always many things that make us say we don't buy it. Others will, and that counts for the manufacturers.

0 upvotes
Ashuaria Lee
By Ashuaria Lee (Sep 13, 2012)

I was waiting for 1500$ T_T
bye-bye my D600
adios amigo~

6 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Sep 13, 2012)

Why don't you wait for $10 FF?

5 upvotes
UhBre
By UhBre (Sep 14, 2012)

That would be the day.

0 upvotes
JazzMasta
By JazzMasta (Sep 13, 2012)

Nice job Nikon! Full-frame to the people!
As a Canon user, I can only hope Canon and others will join this trend.
I really hope this camera becomes a huge success, so it pressures the other vendors to follow.

6 upvotes
Mark B.
By Mark B. (Sep 13, 2012)

I agree, competition is a good thing.

5 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (Sep 13, 2012)

yep, i had hoped the same when sony did precisely this MANY years ago! :/

MAYBE now, since it's nikon! canon will wake up from theyr stupidity and canibal markting strategies!!! We can always hope!!! :)

2 upvotes
ventur
By ventur (Sep 13, 2012)

FF for the people?? Sony did that a long time ago with the A850, it was cheaper than this one when it was released...

4 upvotes
JazzMasta
By JazzMasta (Sep 14, 2012)

@ventur, Sony is very innovative indeed, but the a850 wasn't exactly a 5D mkII or D800 (high iso performance for example!). And when the 850 was released sony didn't have nearly as good selection of lenses as nikon or canon. I still think its the Sony systems biggest flaw and why I changed to Canon.

0 upvotes
John
By John (Sep 13, 2012)

This translates dollars to pounds as £1303.00 body only. If this priced at £2000 in the UK, then Nikon will have shot themselves in the head big time! No-one can justify a £700 price hike in the UK over the US price! Even at £1599 they would be pushing the boat out!

9 upvotes
Great British Landscapes
By Great British Landscapes (Sep 13, 2012)

You forgot 20% VAT but I agree with the sentiment. The street price for the D600 will drop to £1599 very quickly but at that price it's a very compelling offer, especially next to the 5DMKIII which suddenly looks even more expensive than it did yesterday. In fact, Canon's pricing policy is no longer compelling to new users of full frame or step-up photographers. Just look at the silly price they are trying to command for their new glass too, it's laughable.

3 upvotes
John
By John (Sep 13, 2012)

Even with VAT taken into consideration that's a shocking supplement to pay over the US price. This should be no more than £1599. Nikon UK better watch themselves here - there's a recession on, and this is blatantly taking the Michael. Nikon UK are in danger of being classed alongside Fred Goodwin and his cronies.

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oss
By oss (Sep 13, 2012)

It's being priced at £1955 body only on a well known UK web site.

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Sep 13, 2012)

No, don't think so - if I was still earning my living taking pics I'd wait a few months for the price to settle , sell off some older kit (none FF stuff etc) and smile. This is gonna be a winner - and no I'm not a Nikon raver - my fav brand is Canon (I use both Nikon & Canon) - as for the price - we ALWAYS get ripped off in the UK and don't forget our 'lovely caring' govt takes 20% in VAT of anything we pay for. I so hate them for that and much else - but that's another story.

0 upvotes
dara2
By dara2 (Sep 13, 2012)

Don't wait too long... hint: UK nikon system error :/

0 upvotes
TSL
By TSL (Sep 13, 2012)

Price of D800 up is because price of 5d3 too high..

0 upvotes
TSL
By TSL (Sep 13, 2012)

1/4000 is not a big deal, use ND filter then.
D600 let lot of ppl ff dream come true, well done Nikon!
Can Canon 5d3 still maintain the price? i m doubt..

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Sep 13, 2012)

As a Canon owner I'm impressed and really hope that the D600 puts massive pressure on Canon to drop the price of the 5D3 ( used one fantastic - but too expensive) and /or intro a cheaper FF body. Thank you Nikon!

Ps - ever noticed that on your key board the number 3 is also a £ sign - so perhaps we should all call the 5D3 the 5D£ instead?

4 upvotes
EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (Sep 13, 2012)

bear in mind Nikon ramped the price of the 800 UP after release in order to fleece the customer as much as possible. So dont expect a price drop anytime soon if this proves popular.

2 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Sep 13, 2012)

I use digital cameras for like 6 years. From hundred of gigabytes of my photos I can probably find 2 or 3 with exposure time 1/2000s or faster. Nikon's lack of 1/8000 means nothing to me. Noone will ever use it unless he wants to shoot f/1.2 in midday in Sahara.

11 upvotes
diti223
By diti223 (Sep 13, 2012)

Even if you are in this condition you can use a density filter

5 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 13, 2012)

when you use fast glass 1/8000 is necessary, even 1/16000 would be appeciated. Even my old F801 does 1/8000. This a handicapped camera.

3 upvotes
Studor13
By Studor13 (Sep 13, 2012)

Handicapped camera? Please.

Just put a CPL on, or even just dial the ISO down to L1.

Keep shooting your F801 and have fun.

5 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 13, 2012)

i don't use polarisers, nor ndf's and would like to keep it that way. I used the f801 as an example that Nikon is very well able to provide 1/8000, and so they should (especially at Euro prices they want to make me screw around with filters?). I also see only three step bracketing and mono sound.

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sempull tampush
By sempull tampush (Sep 13, 2012)

I wouldn't have cared about 1/8000 if this cam had offered native ISO50 (or vice versa ;)). Still, it's not a deal breaker but definitely quite a pitty...

1 upvote
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Sep 13, 2012)

@D1N0
Do you have Lightroom?
Go to Library, check all photos you have and then on the top press Metadata. Then look how many photos do you have at 1/8000 sec. Then tell us.

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kb2zuz
By kb2zuz (Sep 13, 2012)

Technically anything faster than f/2 - f/2.8 in midday sun most places will need faster than 1/4000th at 100 ISO (sunny 16 rule) If you use a kit lens, polarizer, or ND filter this is not so much of a problem. Depends on who's buying it. If it's someone who's just going to use the kit lens: No problem. If it's someone who's advanced and knows about ND filters: Not much of a problem. If it's someone between who just knows they want shallow DOF or "Bokah-ey" photos and gets a prime lens, they may have some issues.

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Sep 13, 2012)

Lenses faster than f/2 produce immence amount of CA when used wide open under sunlight. Even in the center. So this makes no sense.
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1566137827/photos/1855279/img_7901-3
Again, who shoots bokeh-portraits under very hard sunlight? Idiots?
Also, the difference is only 1 Stop. For god sake don't tell me, somebody need exactly that Stop of bokeh at 1PM in Sahara.

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 13, 2012)

I regularly run in to overexposure at 1/8000 second with my 1.4 and 1.7 primes while shooting close-ups of plants en insects on sunny days. With 1/4000 those occasions would double. If you shout only with your 3.5 kitlens you'll rarely run into it. But what are you going to use a full frame camera for if not for it's even better bokeh and DOF. That is why Nikon should have put a 1/8000 shutter in.

0 upvotes
marbo uk
By marbo uk (Sep 13, 2012)

Rip off Britain
Who would buy this in the UK when the D800 is only £250 more?

5 upvotes
LensLineup
By LensLineup (Sep 13, 2012)

no cameras sell for their RRP (only the 'I must be the first to have this' people do that, the pre-orders)
look up the RRP of the D800 and then the street price and take a guess at the D600 street price
... you just wait for 3 months after launch and see the 'real' price

But the "$1=£1" run by Nikon/Apple/etc. is getting a bit olde!

1 upvote
Great British Landscapes
By Great British Landscapes (Sep 13, 2012)

Actually you can find a new D800 at Dixons at the airports for the SAME price if you're passing through Stanstead or Heathrow. The last time I looked the US Dollar was not worth £1. It's boring - the pre-order lists in the UK for this camera will be VERY short.

3 upvotes
marbo uk
By marbo uk (Sep 13, 2012)

The D800 rrp was £2399 now at £2279.
It even went up for a bit due to so called pricing error.

So give it 3 months and maybe the D600 will drop to £1749
whoopy doo

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0 upvotes
bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Sep 13, 2012)

Canon 5d mark II is still the cheapest full frame camera available. This has got some clear feature advantages, but the shutter is only capable of 1/4000 and rated to be less durable.

I don't think Canon needs to respond to this, the 5dII is already sub 2k if they can get the price down to 1700 it's more than enough to compete with this.

3 upvotes
Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

"I don't think Canon needs to respond to this, the 5dII is already sub 2k if they can get the price down to 1700 it's more than enough to compete with this."

OK, keep telling yourself that... As you click you ruby red slippers and repeat "there's no place like home, there's no place like home" :)

12 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (Sep 13, 2012)

no need for progress??? :o

sure! the sutofocus in 5DII is AMAAAAAIZING!!! the construction also! etc etc!!! Give me a break! -_-

2 upvotes
ianimal
By ianimal (Sep 13, 2012)

The camera price is not the biggest investment for most DSLR shooters I believe. The lenses you buy in the long run will cost you many times the camera. But for first time buyers I agree a cheap FF DSLR can be just what they can afford and want.

3 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Sep 13, 2012)

This Will Be A Benchmark for The Common Man's Full Frame DSLR.

(until the big C comes up with a contender...)

.

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3 upvotes
mantra
By mantra (Sep 13, 2012)

great camera!!!
and amzing price , i think canon can't reply to the d600
at least ,price features , and so on , at least can release at this price a 7d mark2

is really 100% weather (dust , water sealing = like the d800?

thanks

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2 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (Sep 13, 2012)

Way to go for Nikon! 2100 USD even with weather sealing and 100% viewfinder! This is a good thing bringing down prices for FF cameras. Hope Sony do something similar to what they did with the A850 a few years ago (first digital FF below the 2000 USD mark). Seeing Canon release a sub-2000 USD camera would be great too! Competitive prices is always a good thing for us =)

8 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 13, 2012)

A99 will be $2000 soon. SONY is using A99 to hold the place for $3000 big-body 36mp A101.

0 upvotes
Great British Landscapes
By Great British Landscapes (Sep 13, 2012)

Wow, the UK price is BROKEN. The D800 is available for the SAME price in the UK. I guess Nikon don't want to sell the D600 over here then. My prediction is that it will drop to around £1500 VERY quickly because if it doesn't it's going to be gather dust on dealer's shelves...

4 upvotes
Joachim Gerstl
By Joachim Gerstl (Sep 13, 2012)

Great camera. Like many others I wished for an even lower price. Now Canon needs to react quick. It will not be easy because they can not drop resolution and they can not compromise AF and speed too much.
I'm curious about their FF entry level cam.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Uh, is it just me, or does this have basically the same specs as the 5D mark III?

EDIT: So far the only advantages I see in the Canon is a few more AF points and 1/8000 vs 1/4000 SS. Going to be a tough sell for that Canon.

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3 upvotes
JazzMasta
By JazzMasta (Sep 13, 2012)

Specs, oh specs, you are all that matters.
No seriously, the mk III probably has a much better build, being a pro camera. It's also faster.

5 upvotes
Mike Arledge
By Mike Arledge (Sep 13, 2012)

NO AF micro adjustments is a BIG deal

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

I shoot Canon, I love Canon. But $3400 vs $2100 is a pretty big gap. Specs are not ALL that matters, but a camera is essentially measured by what it can do, is it not? This D600 appears to do nearly everything a 5Dmk3 can do for 60% of the price. That's a BIG deal, too, and would buy a very nice lens or two to start with.

0 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Sep 13, 2012)

There goes the sub $2000 price, but not really surprising, given the need for Nikon to protect its APS-C DSLRs. A $1700 price would just about kill the D7000 and D400, and some other APS-C cameras.

I am confident however that a price like $1700 will come, probably in another year, when the D7000 type of APS-C DSLRs are not worth protecting as their sales drop further due to the advance of really high-end $1200 or so MILCs, when Nikon will feel the pressure and will let its APS-C DSLR owners move up to FF easier rather than losing them if they keep switching to better and better performing MILCs like the E-M6, GH3 or X-Pro2s, or some new Sony FF interchangeable camera in another year's time. Interesting times we are in! :)

Huge changes waiting to happen soon.

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3 upvotes
etothej
By etothej (Sep 13, 2012)

The D7000 costs €797 in a popular store in the Netherlands. I don't believe that this is the same price range as $1700 would be (which, currently, would be €1316). This is some 65% more expensive.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

LOL at all the $1500 price rumors!

Although it will probably drop the 5Dmk2 down to about that level.

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1 upvote
Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Sep 13, 2012)

That's the initial release price, could go down to the wished sub-$2000 in no time and with bargain deals here and there.

And what's this? Uncompressed video output! Looks like the 5Dmk2 successor actually just switched families, the 5Dmk3 should be called a 5Dmk2S as it's a "complete mark II" but not a whole next step...

3 upvotes
Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (Sep 13, 2012)

Now that's more like it. This is much more affordable FF camera than D800. It would be nice to have one along with my FM3A and to use MF lenses on both bodies.

3 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 13, 2012)

I shoot Canon, but I think this is a great effort for that price and a nice looking camera. Be interesting if the Canon 6D rumours are true, as it's basically a FF 7D with 5D III sensor and how they will go head-to-head.

This puts a big squeeze on Sony. A99 is only a bit cheaper than D800 and the D600 is much cheaper and very well featured and good build. A99 might need to quickly drop in price to $2400 to compete.

4 upvotes
Mattwd
By Mattwd (Sep 13, 2012)

Glad to hear I'm not the only one holding my breath on a "6D" or whatever it may be called. As an architecture and landscape photographer, the 5D3 was a pretty staggering disappointment to me, particularly as a response to the D800. If Canon's going to force me to stay at 22MP, I'd rather not have to pay $3500 for the "privilege".

2 upvotes
exifnotfound
By exifnotfound (Sep 13, 2012)

Can't wait to give one of these a burl!

0 upvotes
Valiant Thor
By Valiant Thor (Sep 13, 2012)

Retro Encabulator?

0 upvotes
Sergeg
By Sergeg (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm glad I sold my Sony A77 a few months ago in anticipation of this, time to come home to Nikon where I started, still have an FM, FM2 and F100 in mothballs. The D200 was a good camera in 2006 got some great shots with it.

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Sep 13, 2012)

Am a Pentax shooter and I like this. Maybe because it's FF, and far from the usual $3,000.

If I were a Nikon shooter, I'll get this for the ff. reasons: full 135 format sensor, ISO 50, and accurate AF. Good job, Nikon. FF is going to be mainstream now because of you!

2 upvotes
mngphotog
By mngphotog (Sep 13, 2012)

wow sony and nikon will be going head to head with 24 megapixel fullframes, this is actually very interesting for me at the price point of these cameras

3 upvotes
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Sep 13, 2012)

It seems full frame is already the trend...
Yesterday was Sony...
Today is Nikon...
Where is the low-priced "full frame" for Canon and Pentax?
I'm doubt how long can 4/3 stay in the market.
4/3 and APSC may be faded out very quickly.

1 upvote
Xellz
By Xellz (Sep 13, 2012)

What do you mean by trend? Far more aps-c or m4/3 cameras were released than FF in last 1-2 years.

No way this going to happen, m4/3 and APSC only growing and growing really fast. It's impossible to get same portability with FF sensor as m4/3 or even APSC can get. And no, new sony FF p/s lacks many features, especially ability to change lenses and still rather big.

What for FF would be nice, is to get shallow DoF, only this is difficult to get on m4/3 or aps-c. D600 sure is nice move by Nikon. And maybe next year can finally jump in with this.

1 upvote
Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Sep 13, 2012)

But unfortunately, the history told us that Olympus Pen F, Konica half frame SLR and other half frame range finder cameras were all unsuccessful even though there was ISO 25 super high resolution color film available at that time.
110 and APS also unsuccessful in the film era.
6x6 and 35mm formats remains the mainstream for several decades.

1 upvote
Higuel
By Higuel (Sep 13, 2012)

o_O

sure! try to make a ff as small&light as a m4/3!!! Especially the lenses!!! Sony is an EXXXCEEEEELENT exemple on that!!! ;)

0 upvotes
Evildogofdoom
By Evildogofdoom (Sep 13, 2012)

I would look at sales rather then model releases. FF is going to remain a minority taste if a "cheap" camera is $2,000. M4/3 and APS will remain the best sellers in DSLR and EVIL cameras

0 upvotes
Xellz
By Xellz (Sep 13, 2012)

History doesn't really matter in here, currently really different market and digital cameras evolved a lot. There is little left, what m4/3 or aps-c are not able to do, what an FF sensor can deliver. At least when you're not paid and absolutely have to deliver best of the best, even when it doesn't make any sense.

Oh, and original 4/3 failed for different reason. m4/3 already is far more successful.

For me it looks opposite, FF getting less and less markets share. At least for enthusiasts. Even if i can get this or older FF body next year, m4/3 will be still main system. FF body will be used only with 1-3 primes.

0 upvotes
JDT0505
By JDT0505 (Sep 13, 2012)

Yep. A full frame D7000. *yawn*.

2 upvotes
Dannyboy292
By Dannyboy292 (Sep 13, 2012)

I am a canon user but this makes me drool...I may have to look into getting a second system :D

7 upvotes
sj2
By sj2 (Sep 13, 2012)

I am a Canon user (not a fan, just a user) and won't be switching to Nikon but I think Canon just got served :-)

7 upvotes
Gidenkidenk
By Gidenkidenk (Sep 13, 2012)

My D7000 should be good for another year. After that its this or the D3s. If only the price was more reasonable.

0 upvotes
Glen78
By Glen78 (Sep 13, 2012)

This does not make any sense, while I was resigned to the $2099 the $2699 makes no sense for the 24-85 kit as that is no discount from buying them separately.

2 upvotes
Red G8R
By Red G8R (Sep 13, 2012)

I'll be ordering one. Excellent specs for the price and the size suits me for travel.
Thanks Nikon.

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0 upvotes
mgblack74
By mgblack74 (Sep 13, 2012)

USB 2.0

0 upvotes
Retzius
By Retzius (Sep 13, 2012)

$1499 would have had me pre-ordering. $1999 I would have been very tempted.

1 upvote
JohnBee
By JohnBee (Sep 13, 2012)

Arg, so close! :D

1 upvote
Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

So $100 is going to keep you from purchasing, LOL, OK.

8 upvotes
WellyNZ
By WellyNZ (Sep 13, 2012)

$2049 would have had me queuing up the night before.

2 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 13, 2012)

What are you insane as though anyone would ever expect a FF for $1499 with these features. It's a bargain at $2099; well done Nikon.

2 upvotes
harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Sep 13, 2012)

By Christmas or Easter, I think the price will drop to sub 2000.

0 upvotes
robjons
By robjons (Sep 13, 2012)

Keep dreaming. The D7000 held its full MSRP for almost two years.

3 upvotes
Halocastle
By Halocastle (Sep 13, 2012)

MP3 player?

0 upvotes
kapanak
By kapanak (Sep 13, 2012)

Well, so much for a sub-$2000 Full Frame DSLR.

4 upvotes
JohnBee
By JohnBee (Sep 13, 2012)

The price should settle no?

1 upvote
Tap0
By Tap0 (Sep 13, 2012)

The sub $2000 slr from Nikon is a creation of Nikon Rumors.. The D600 rumor has come true, the price rumor hasn't.

1 upvote
Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

Why does it need to settle?
read the hands on, this camera at this price point offers in many cases as much if not more than competitors cameras at anywhere from $700 to $1400 less (Sony A99 and Canon 5DMIII).
That's why DPReview is so taken with it in their preview.

1 upvote
jadgl968
By jadgl968 (Sep 13, 2012)

Thats pushing it a bit... The a99 has a faster fastest shutter speed, more movie recording options, a faster flash sync speed, and a better on camera mic, among other things.

2 upvotes
Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

Ummm,
Sony = So it shoots at 1/8000th vs. 1/4000th = not a deal breaker
Sony = Both Shoot Full HD and 4/2/2 uncompressed, although the Sony has aperture control in manual = not a deal breaker
Sony = 1/250th vs. 1/200th = not a deal breaker
Nikon = Much deeper system with an upgrade path
Nikon = On board flash
Nikon = WiFi capable
Nikon = Full CLS flash control
Sony = $700 more = Deal Breaker

3 upvotes
Marijus
By Marijus (Sep 13, 2012)

Sony = Sensor-shift image stabilization = Deal breaker for photo and especially video!
Sony = much better video capabilities = deal breaker, but not for everyone.
Sony = better fully articulated LCD = not a deal breaker but very comfortable.

0 upvotes
BBViet
By BBViet (Sep 13, 2012)

Both shoot full HD, yes, but D600 only does 30p, while A99 can do 60p.

1 upvote
Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 13, 2012)

BBViet, that's a good point... the 60p is a nice feature.
I just think that at it's curent price to feature set, the A99 is a bit high, and now with the introduction of the D600 is firmly wedged between the D600 and D800.

0 upvotes
mosum
By mosum (Sep 13, 2012)

Intervalometer? AF micro adjustment?

5 upvotes
Gidenkidenk
By Gidenkidenk (Sep 13, 2012)

Those arent Nikon features, they are necessities. It definitely has them.

0 upvotes
ohcello
By ohcello (Sep 13, 2012)

Is it worth more than double the D7000? I'm not sure. $1500-$1600 would have made it a much easier decision. I'm not saying it's overpriced at $2099, ... I was just hoping it was priced to the point where it would be easy to justify over the D7000 for a hobbyist... oh well ...

4 upvotes
james s. kennedy
By james s. kennedy (Sep 13, 2012)

mama mia, that's a lotta camera, but also a lotta bucks. I would want to know in detail of how it is better than the D700. Until then, I will be happy with my D300 and D90.

1 upvote
Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

No Micro Adjust, mono mic and sound ...

0 upvotes
Will Patterson
By Will Patterson (Sep 13, 2012)

There is also the device tethering which i still don't think Canon had bothered with. I'm a long time Canon user and have been very disappointed with the pricing of the MK3 hence still holding off getting to use with my MK2. I think it's a great camera just to much for what the improvements are, and Nikon are continually firing out very good models. I'm not sure what Canon are playing at!

0 upvotes
Sunny15
By Sunny15 (Sep 13, 2012)

Lol @ the people who actually thought this would cost $1500...

0 upvotes
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