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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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Comments

Total comments: 235
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Sammy Yousef
By Sammy Yousef (Oct 9, 2012)

For the love of everything sacred, please add user option to map out bad pixels. I will not spend $200 to get a single hot pixel. No one else does this. Best controls of any manufacturer and arguably the best image quality and yet your quality control (Oil splatter, focus issues) and lockout of user for basic functionality turn what should be a shooter's dream into a frustrating expensive nightmare.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Dec 2, 2012)

WELL SAID!
At this price point, there are other options on the market.
There is NO excuse for a design fault like this (particle spatter on the sensor). Even a made in china label wouldn't be an acceptable excuse (don't know if it is, but it sure sounds like it).
When there is such a glaring fault at this price point and up, you just owe it to yourself to go with the competition, no matter how brand-loyal one is. It's sad, but if Nikon refuses to pull it from the shelves and do a recall, that is what they deserve.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Dec 3, 2012)

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/11/21/nikon-d600-dust-timelapse

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valtheWU
By valtheWU (Oct 5, 2012)

just to remind everybody:

i think nikon/canon/sony still screw us:

does anyone remember the kodak DC5 Pro 14n?

10 years ago, 14mp, 4000 $

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 22, 2012)

While Sony and Canon were sitting on their laurels... the D800 and now the D600. I am totally impressed!

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luka3rd
By luka3rd (Sep 26, 2012)

That's the emotion!!! :)

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Dec 3, 2012)

This burst my bubble though: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/11/21/nikon-d600-dust-timelapse

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PhilTN
By PhilTN (Sep 22, 2012)

Just received my D600 today, just in time for the weekend!

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MWESTza
By MWESTza (Sep 20, 2012)

Hands-on review of the D600 also showing the timelapse mode.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6nptRDNsqc

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Alithenake
By Alithenake (Sep 18, 2012)

Very quick test and samples: http://www.alinpopescu.eu/blog/nikon-d600/

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Alithenake
By Alithenake (Sep 18, 2012)

Here is maybe the first unboxing of a new D600 :)

Not owned, but lent to me courtesy of Romanian Nikon Service as a replacement for my D700 being in service for a hot-shoe replacement. I have a lot of time to decide if the camera suits me, but what I can tell until now (30 min after unboxing it) is that I love how it feels and sounds.

More to come on my blog. I'll post some high ISO samples.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMT_-n8yx08

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focuscz
By focuscz (Sep 18, 2012)

OK, OK, it is not cheap :( but noise looks pretty good! I have found another one.
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_m&sl=auto&tl=en&twu=1&u=http://www.nikonclub.cz/clanek/nikon-d600-test-sumu-vysledky-vytecne

Hmmm. Nice

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jeffharris
By jeffharris (Sep 17, 2012)

STILL TOO BIG!

Time for Nikon to step up and produce a serious mirrorless camera system that can use all their F mount lenses.

Unfortunately, Sony will beat them to it. I can't wait for Sony to release an interchangeable lens version of the RX-1.

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CFynn
By CFynn (Sep 17, 2012)

I see Canon's 6D has interchangeable focusing screens which I wish the D600 and D800 had too.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 22, 2012)

Nikon is already heavily invested in the Nikon-1 system... they may have made a philosophical decision here, confirmed by the arrival of the D600... but what is not to love?
Look at Pentax, that introduced a mirrorless as big as their mirror system cameras, for compatibility with the old lenses... that is the big question, after all... will you support 2 mirrorless systems, or introduce an oversized one that supports all the existing lenses (re: flange to back focal distance)? I think not. It doesn't make any sense at all. Camera specks are hal the story... when you are looking for those lenses perfect for you, it comes down to lenses as well in the end.

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PhilTN
By PhilTN (Sep 16, 2012)

Well I've been patiently waiting with my D200 for six years, I think we are way off for a D400 plus I think it's time to move to a full sensor size.

I see I can get a micro USB cable for my 10 pin Promote GPS for $25.

My only concern is being big with HDR I wish I could bracket 5 exposures automatically.

@Kerry Pierce, if a $2000 body is just okay for "a good camera to throw in the trunk of the car or the saddlebags of the bike.", then my hat is off to you, wish I had your wallet!

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Kerry Pierce
By Kerry Pierce (Sep 15, 2012)

The d600 is okay, but I'd rather wait for the replacement cameras for the d300 and d700. When Nikon makes replacements with the same features and performance, but modern sensors and electronics, I'll be a buyer for both. I may pick up a d600 after they offer these bodies, because it looks like it might be a good camera to throw in the trunk of the car or the saddlebags of the bike.

C'mon Nikon, you can do a lot better than this. Let's see something really good.

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luka3rd
By luka3rd (Sep 26, 2012)

D800? You've missed it?

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LinusFlambeau
By LinusFlambeau (Sep 15, 2012)

if you decide you want it, BUY it.

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PhilTN
By PhilTN (Sep 15, 2012)

Here in the US the D800 hasn't dropped in price, certainly don't think the D600 is going to drop any time soon.

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Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Sep 15, 2012)

Dear Nikon, you make fantastic lenses and superb cameras. I love the new D600 and D800 - and your recently improved prime lenses have received fantastic reviews.

The only thing preventing me from swapping my Canon for a Nikon setup is that (unlike Canon) you don't have a viable mirrorless range. Please fix this ASAP.

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Chris Vincent
By Chris Vincent (Sep 15, 2012)

Price difference of £144 ($234 €178) in UK between D800 and D600. No, I don't understand.

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Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Sep 15, 2012)

You're comparing a new MRP to a few-months-on street price. The D600 will be £1600 within a month or two.

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Chris Vincent
By Chris Vincent (Sep 15, 2012)

I realise that - so why on earth would anybody buy the D600 now? Maybe 'early adopters' should be renamed 'early depreciators'.

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Andrew Booth
By Andrew Booth (Sep 15, 2012)

Sure, but while there are early adopters out there willing to pay a premium, what manufacturer wouldn't want to exploit their impatience and recoup a bit of R&D cost in the process?

We'll have to wait a few months for 'the real price'.

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Chris Vincent
By Chris Vincent (Sep 16, 2012)

'Skimming' to use the marketing jargon. I'll wait for Focus next March. That's where I've bought my last 3 Nikon bodies.

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PhilTN
By PhilTN (Sep 15, 2012)

So the 10 pin connector is gone, I believe the connection is now micro USB, is there such a thing as a 10 pin to USB adapter cord?

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dark goob
By dark goob (Sep 14, 2012)

PROTIP: Sony *makes the sensor* for D600. They probably agreed beforehand with Nikon on pricepoint etc. before agreeing.

A99 is a completely different camera than this. Rotating screen, much faster, built-in stabilizer, full speed AF during video, do I need to continue?

This is nothing more than an FX-format D7000, people.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 22, 2012)

Thanks for bursting my bubble :(

...but the d7000 is a nice camera.

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andersf
By andersf (Sep 14, 2012)

how does the sensor compare to the 5D II? If it "only" has the dynamic range and noise properties of the 5D II then canon already has a similar (cheaper) model. If, however, this is essentially a 5D III-generation sensor then canon quickly needs to make 6D to match Nikon in this segment.

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3fifty7
By 3fifty7 (Sep 14, 2012)

I don't understand what this camera is for. Isn't it kind of a 5D MkII spec in an even lower grade body? And why are people calling it affordable? It costs nearly £2000. Two thousand pounds. For "entry level" FX? Photographers: save some money and buy a D700; videographers: I suspect you're partly to blame ;-) £2K is pro price for what could (and will, I hope) be pro performance, but in one of those fiddly little consumer boxes. Go ahead and make these toys, Nikon, by all means. Dazzle game consumers with bells, whistles, user presets and big numbers. And video. But what I would like, please, is a new improved D700 - i.e. a stripped-down D4 in smaller but still pro-grade body. I'd pay two grand for that. As a working photographer, I would use it. This... this is a lot of fluff.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 14, 2012)

No it is not,
More megapixels
Higher FPS
Faster focus
39 point focus system
Built in flash with CLS commander mode
Faster flash sync
WiFi capable
1080p with HDMI uncompressed files
Better dynamic range
Most Likely better high ISO (no Banding)

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Bill Glass
By Bill Glass (Sep 14, 2012)

I just wish that reviewers, or camera companies would set some criteria to standardize the camera being discussed.
Since I started reading the reviews on the D-600 I heve seen it classified as follows:
Entry Level
Up Grade
Ideal Backup
Enthusist
Prosumer
Professional
Four monthsago the D-800 was the "near perfect" DSLR now the D-600, from one wesite is "the camera that everyone who bought the D-800 should have bought".
I was going to pick up a D-800, but maybe now I will opt for the D-600 and the new FX 28-300
Somebody should make up their minds, so I can make mine up.

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kayone
By kayone (Sep 15, 2012)

Wow, stop sounding so pointlessly angry. You do realize the D700 cost $2700 USD brand new when it was released and has 3-4 years older technology. Now the current camera in its position, the D800 costs $3000 USD. This D600 is almost $1000 less. How is that considered 'expensive' please stop trolling and get over yourself

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markeast
By markeast (Sep 15, 2012)

Cmon Bill... surely ya gotta make up your own mind on these things!... if you read about it you will soon realize (from your own viewpoint) whether it should be classified as entry level or professional, .... or whatever.

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3fifty7
By 3fifty7 (Sep 17, 2012)

@Bamboojled apologies but, for my purposes at least, there's fluff on that list @kayone I'd say it's you who sounds angry. You've taken an opinion about a piece of consumer electronics and made it personal. Also your comment, lacking as it is in any real content, looks like an excuse to do so. Pretty trollish.

I'd say my main disappointment with this announcement is the camera body. Durability and appearance. They matter in business. So it isn't a professional's camera, but it's pretty highly priced to be and enthusiast's. Perhaps because of the presence of the D700 in the last generation, this generation's line-up (so far) appears to have a hole in it. I'm hoping it gets filled.

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MarkSA
By MarkSA (Sep 14, 2012)

Beautiful looking camera - now Nikon just have to change the appearance of their but-ugly lenses!

Look at a Sony Zeiss lens to see a beautiful looking lens!

Other than this, the D600 is a WAY better camera than the A99 (and I am a Sony A900 owner).

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 22, 2012)

Your comment sort of makes me envision the NEX cameras and lenses... yuck!
That's from Sony too - why don't you go complain in their columns about that. ;-p

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Supardiman
By Supardiman (Sep 13, 2012)

Do I need upgrade my nikon D300?? I'm confused?

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm confused, you can go to a store and buy the 5D Mark II new for under 2K. $2100 for the body is not a hallmark price for a full frame body that suddenly opens up full frame to the masses!

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Sep 13, 2012)

Was thinking the same thing...Nikon had to come up with a new camera to compete with an old Canon full-frame body...

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (Sep 14, 2012)

Umm sorry but no...
More megapixels
Higher FPS
Faster focus
39 point focus system
Built in flash with CLS commander mode
Faster flash sync
WiFi capable
1080p with HDMI uncompressed files
Better dynamic range
Most Likely better high ISO (no Banding)

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Seamus Warren
By Seamus Warren (Sep 29, 2012)

Nikon finally fixed the video banding issues that came to my attention when shooting video with the D90 under artificial lighting. Made the video option unusable in this situation. The issue persisted with the D300s and D3s too, I believe. I might give up and switch to vendor who's got their act together.

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Seamus Warren
By Seamus Warren (Sep 29, 2012)

Sorry, the first sentence was a question. :)

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brent collins
By brent collins (Sep 13, 2012)

$2000.00 does not equal enthusiast

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UhBre
By UhBre (Sep 14, 2012)

Righto.

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VDG
By VDG (Sep 13, 2012)

Oi SONY - read it and WEEP!

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Scott Eaton
By Scott Eaton (Sep 13, 2012)

As I understand it, this camera is capable of 4:2:2 video over HDMI. I'm curious what the price is of the least expensive Canon dSLR that can shoot both FF and 4:2:2.

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T3
By T3 (Sep 13, 2012)

Finally we can put these silly "$1500 FF" claims to rest. FF sensors are still much more expensive to produce than APS-C sensors.

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Chez Wimpy
By Chez Wimpy (Sep 13, 2012)

Give it a few months. Right now the preorder price of the D600 is ¥196,200 while the D800 goes for ¥240,900. That won't be the case for long. The D600 will settle in at ¥150,000 before X-mas, and that will be the "$1500 FF" the masses have been waiting for... other than those with a national currency in the tank.

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pavi1
By pavi1 (Sep 14, 2012)

Chances of you being correct $0

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Kwang M Yi
By Kwang M Yi (Sep 15, 2012)

Manufacturer's retail price has nothing whatsoever to do with the cost of producing goods.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Sep 22, 2012)

@kwang: but with quantities produced the cost of production goes down, which has everything to do with the price at the retail level.

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djwuk
By djwuk (Sep 13, 2012)

Had been thinking it would share d800 body but with 16-18mp for ultra high iOS. Have tried D7000 and didn't like it body too small with too many buttons stuck on too smaller body and lacking the solidity of my d200 and 300. So no thanks. Big issue with moving up to fx is the sheer cost of the glass - just the 16-35 and 24-70 would be around £2,2k, I also fear this means no d400,

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NickBPhotography
By NickBPhotography (Sep 13, 2012)

I heard a D7000 replacement was due - I think that might be your D400.

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Agustin S
By Agustin S (Sep 13, 2012)

Nikon: great job. Canon: please do something!!!!

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Hauer
By Hauer (Sep 13, 2012)

Thank you, Nikon. Now can we have that prosumer D400 DX please!

1 upvote
Griffo59
By Griffo59 (Sep 13, 2012)

It's not going to happen.

Nikon has decided that DX is now a low-end format.

I'm as fed up with that as you are, having a DX 17-55 f2.8 lens that outperforms any other glass, prime or zoom, I have.

0 upvotes
Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

Who is the next person to write in that they are crossing the camera off their list because there is no AF micro adjustment? Step right up and into it!

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

My grandpa didn't need MFA and neither do I!

2 upvotes
EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 13, 2012)

Time to upgrade.

Sincerely,
A Canon 550D user.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Definitely. 600 is a higher number than 550.

0 upvotes
AkinaC
By AkinaC (Sep 13, 2012)

There's a 6D coming for Canonians...

0 upvotes
ScarletVarlet
By ScarletVarlet (Sep 13, 2012)

If Canon is not asleep at the wheel, they have something in the range of it. Otherwise Nikon will take their lunch money.

2 upvotes
Christoph v Ballmoos
By Christoph v Ballmoos (Sep 13, 2012)

For the same money, you get a mint 5DII... no way there is a reason to switch system...

0 upvotes
EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 13, 2012)

I haven't invested in any expensive Canon lenses yet, so it's up in the air whether I will stay with Canon or go with Nikon. Hopefully Canon will have an equivelent answer soon or I might jump ship.

0 upvotes
Chez Wimpy
By Chez Wimpy (Sep 14, 2012)

A mint 5DII is no Nikon (err, Sony) D600. No sir.

0 upvotes
EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 14, 2012)

I'm seeing some comparisons between this camera and the 5DMKII...but this MP count is higher, and I would expect a Nikon feature set to be more robust.

0 upvotes
JazzMasta
By JazzMasta (Sep 14, 2012)

Talk about sailing where the wind is.

People change systems as soon as new camera with a slight edge is released. I don't get that. New cameras come all the time from all vendors, buy better lenses while waiting for a house-upgrade instead of changing systems all the time!

0 upvotes
EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 14, 2012)

I don't exactly own a Canon "system". I have a 550D, the18-55mm kit lens, a 55-250mm telephoto, and a 50mm 1.8...is that a system? If it is it's a very inexpensive one. I've always been torn between Canon and Nikon, and as a beginner photog enthusiast I didn't see the need to spend much money at first...but now I have some experience and am ready for an upgrade...Canon doesn't currently have a camera that can compete with this Nikon. The 5DMKIII is close but costs $1,000 more...u see my dilemna? Why should I wait for Canon to play follow the leader when Nikon it seems is leading the pack??

0 upvotes
kakajicko
By kakajicko (Sep 13, 2012)

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25488/D600.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-Forum

0 upvotes
ahmami
By ahmami (Sep 13, 2012)

Having used a Nikon D700 for nearly three years the D600 does appeal to me but here in the Netherlands the price differential between the D600 and the D800 is only 500 EUR. I might as well go for the D800 since I would be using the camera for another 3-5 years.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

If you really, really need 36MP and don't mind slower framerates and have no use for 500 in your pocket, then sure.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Sep 13, 2012)

Or keep the D700, keep taking great shots and keep $2000 in your pocket. Unless you really, really need 24mp.

0 upvotes
ahmami
By ahmami (Sep 14, 2012)

I like burning holes in my pocket .... and to be honest I don't 'need' 36MP but it makes me feel so much more of a man :-)

1 upvote
Essai
By Essai (Sep 13, 2012)

overpriced IMO... I guess we will have to rely on Canon for an affordable FF camera like they did with the Rebel many years ago.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Compared to what? It's $900 cheaper than the D800, $600 cheaper than the A99, and $1300 cheaper than the 5Dmk3. It's a cheap FF camera, just not the $1500 rumor price people were throwing around without any base in reality.

2 upvotes
EmmanuelStarchild
By EmmanuelStarchild (Sep 13, 2012)

Which Canon model are you referring to, Essai?

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Probably talking about the original digital rebel which was the first new dSLR to break the $1000 barrier.

0 upvotes
wootpile
By wootpile (Sep 13, 2012)

I'm happy about everything this camera represents and the specs. My only grief is that it doesnt have a articulating screen.

EDIt...... I just read the comments & noticed that there is no AF adjustment? Surely this can't be correct?

Double EDIT... read the official specs - it does of course have AF adjustment :)

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 6 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (Sep 13, 2012)

Looks Like a great camera but why 1/4000 max shutter speed? Forget about using fast glass outdoors without an Nd filter i guess. Pretty sure 1/4000 is still fast enough to stop most action though.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Product differentiation. 1/4000 is fast enough to stop all action aside from super hero activity and bullets.

Comment edited 26 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Sep 13, 2012)

It has ISO50 and the base ISO is 100. The D700 has ISO 100 and the base ISO is 200. So the 1/8000 in the D700 is 1/4000 in the D600. If you look at it this way, it's not so bad anymore.

1 upvote
snegron
By snegron (Sep 13, 2012)

Any info on body construction, weather sealing and shutter life expectancy?

0 upvotes
Griffo59
By Griffo59 (Sep 13, 2012)

This good news and bad news.

Good news is that it's a pretty good deal for a FF body.

Bad news is, there will be no more high-end DX bodies. No D400 :(

0 upvotes
bocajrs
By bocajrs (Sep 13, 2012)

Why does everyone assume that they'll be no more DX bodies?

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

I think the $2100 price tag is specifically to leave room for another APS-C body in the mid-teens. I have long suspected the rumors got mixed up and the $1500 price was for the D400 that should be coming soon.

0 upvotes
Griffo59
By Griffo59 (Sep 13, 2012)

@bocajrs

There will be more DX bodies, but only entry-level or mid-range ones. The x000 series.

Nikon has decided that pro and semi-pro cameras will be FX from now on.

I'm disappointed by this as I was expecting a replacement for my D300 and D300s bodies - but it won't happen.

I won't buy a D600 because it doesn't have the rugged build I need.

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 13, 2012)

100% coverage OVF. Amazing. I was expecting 90% coverage consider this is a D7000 body.

$2100 is right on the spot and where I expect it to be. $1500 is too low and would cut into APS-C line and Nikon have nothing between $1500 and $3000.

The 24-85mm lens is "f/3.5-4.5G ED VR" not "F3.5-5.6" on the intro paragraphy.

1 upvote
andrew turner
By andrew turner (Sep 13, 2012)

At $2700 this is hardly priced at "enthusiast" level, unless I'm misunderstanding the difference between someone who will spend $3000 on a camera setup for fun, and someone who will spend $3000 on a camera setup because they actually need it.

2 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 13, 2012)

You don't need to buy the kit you know. Get the camera and a fast 35/50 and you have an all around FF.

0 upvotes
puneetvikramsingh
By puneetvikramsingh (Sep 13, 2012)

i was expecting D600 as poor mans full frame camera ;(

1 upvote
Griffo59
By Griffo59 (Sep 13, 2012)

Well it looks like you have to be a pretty rich 'poor man' to get into the FF game still :)

1 upvote
CFynn
By CFynn (Sep 17, 2012)

It will be, used, in three or four years time

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Sep 13, 2012)

Wow how many people are going to be walking around with a Full Frame camera now? I see a lot of 7Ds in normal people's hands. This is in the same price range. It will be really interesting to see how these new smaller and less expensive full frame cameras change the landscape of everyday photography.

2 upvotes
Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

It's still too big of a tank for your average person. Bigger than a d7000 is big unless you are used to pro gear. Id love this camera, but I can't see lugging this everywhere.

1 upvote
geoson
By geoson (Sep 13, 2012)

Agreed. I've already decided I'm going in the opposite direction.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Won't change it much. The typical camera buyer doesn't know about good lenses so they won't reap much benefit over an APS-C camera.

0 upvotes
cluening
By cluening (Sep 13, 2012)

1/4000s maximus shutter speed. At least, you can see here, where the cost cutting led to.
Street price of 1500 Euro sounds awesome, though.

0 upvotes
NickBPhotography
By NickBPhotography (Sep 13, 2012)

I've placed my order. Its still not quite the camera my D700 was, but neither was the D800. Full viewfinder coverage, video, and 24mp are welcome additions. For me, the loss of fine adjustment of autofocus is a real backward move as that has proved invaluable on my 50mm F/1.4. Still, I've ordered it!

0 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Sep 13, 2012)

It has the AF adjustment. Read the specs on nikon.com

4 upvotes
NickBPhotography
By NickBPhotography (Sep 13, 2012)

Oh does it? Cheers for the heads up. Nick

0 upvotes
MichaelK81
By MichaelK81 (Sep 13, 2012)

Beautiful camera. Full frame 24mp for just $2k? Only two years ago, you'd have to shell out $8k for the D3x. This will sell like pancakes.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Or $2600 for the A900, but I agree this will sell well.

0 upvotes
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Sep 13, 2012)

is Nikon out of Ideas and innovations?

hahahaha

6 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Sep 13, 2012)

Nice try troll.

4 upvotes
Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Sep 13, 2012)

Major Troll...

this was echoed by many Nikon user...

4 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Yeah, the D800 was Nikon totally phoning it in and then releasing another FF camera with most of the same headline specs as the Canon 5Dmk3 for 2/3 the price just reeks of desperation.

0 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (Sep 13, 2012)

Don't wake up Canon...

(canon user)

3 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Sep 13, 2012)

they will announce something similar soon btw.

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

Something similar? The 5Dmark3 is something similar and it's 60% more money!

0 upvotes
GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (Sep 13, 2012)

I hope so but not so sure they will, the 5D Mk2 I think is still available, and spec wise is quite close to the D600- just older tech.

0 upvotes
onesolo
By onesolo (Sep 13, 2012)

Hey Dpreview, wake up!!!
The Euro price is wrong!!!
The €2400 is for Ireland only!!!

Go to here and see http://www.nikon.de/de_DE/press_room/press_releases_main.page?Period=New&Quarter=0&SY=0&ID=templatedata\de_DE\news_article\data\BV-PR-WWA1209-D600

On Germany is listed has €2149 !!!
Correct that!!

3 upvotes
Fullframer
By Fullframer (Sep 13, 2012)

$2099... Not impressed with the price. I bought my D700 brand new back in late 2008 for about the same. D700 is better made camera/more features/more direct access controls. I was hoping around the originally rumored $1500+ price range on this.

7 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 13, 2012)

And you could buy a house for $3500 during WW2.

Look at the competition today for new FF cameras. This is the cheapest by about $700.

0 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Sep 13, 2012)

It's going to sell liike crazy, this camera. It's what everyone was asking for, for a long time. I know it has it's drawbacks, but it's 2000$ launch price people !! It has a 24 MP full-frame sensor for Christ sake ! It has a viewfinder with glass in it, unlike the A99, and you have access to all the nikon glass out there.

I own 2 nikon lenses and none required calibration or AF adjustment on my D700. And guess what, I also on two sigma lenses that did not need that either.

I think it's a great launch and I will probably get one next year. Hope the AF won't be a messi bussiness, like it was in the D7000 and D800.

Why do you complain about 1/4000 shutter speed ? The D700 is 1/8000 but the minimal ISO is 200 and 100 with boost. This one has 100 and 50 with boost, so it's the same thing as the D700.

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
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Thorbard
By Thorbard (Sep 13, 2012)

It will sell, rightly or wrongly, to many people who think a full frame camera will make them a better photographer.

5 upvotes
liquidsquid
By liquidsquid (Sep 13, 2012)

Right up till they find out how expensive the whole system is with full-frame lenses, and then how BIG it is that it will be left at home more often than not.

I would love this performance, but there is a low chance I would bring it with me on the very trips I like to take pictures on.

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