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Just Posted: Hands-on Nikon D600 preview

By dpreview staff on Sep 13, 2012 at 04:00 GMT
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Just Posted: Our hands-on Nikon D600 preview. The D600 is the much-rumored, long-awaited and much-in-demand enthusiast-level full-frame DSLR. The D600 combines a 24MP full-frame sensor with a feature set that seems to build from the familiar and well-regarded technologies on the D7000. It also gains a dash of D800, for substantially less money. We've been getting-to-grips with the D600 for a while and have prepared a hands-on preview article, looking at exactly what the D600 offers for $2100/£1955/€2149.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Sep 13, 2012)

Just been seeing some pictures taken with the D600 here: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d600/sample.htm
The resolution is simply breathtaking, with unbelievable levels of detail, but we must be prepared for some moiré and will need a top-end graphics card and a multi-core processor to deal with the heavy files - though it's not so extreme a camera as the D800E.
I want one so bad it hurts!

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chaking
By chaking (Sep 13, 2012)

It won't need any different pc/laptop equipment than any other camera out there right now. I didn't even know they still made single core processors for anything other than a phone...???

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Sep 13, 2012)

Thanks for the link, Manuel. That settles it. Another great camera from Nikon!

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Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Sep 13, 2012)

Even phones are going dual core now.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Sep 13, 2012)

Maybe I should have written "4-core" instead of "multi-core". (They still make dual-core processors for computers, don't they?)
With editing software as demanding as DxO Optics Pro and raw files as heavy as those produced by this camera, you might as well need 4-core to process D600's images. And you'll need extra storage, of course.

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lka968
By lka968 (Sep 16, 2012)

Does the d600 share the AF system with the d7000? It has not been very successful.

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AlexBakerPhotoz
By AlexBakerPhotoz (Sep 13, 2012)

I've been waiting for this. Maybe I'm a bit impulsive, but I just pre-ordered one from Adorama. I was on the verge of getting a D800 but in the end just did not want to deal with the file size. I think I'll keep my D7K and for now my DX lenses too, but I might sell a few of them.

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geoson
By geoson (Sep 13, 2012)

Some of the complaints here amaze me. People, you had to figure there would be some sacrifices made to get the price down. If you want the big sensor, you have to pay for it. The question is what are you willing to give up in order to get it?

As for me, it's a moot point. I've already decided that I'm going to stay in the "lighter weight" divisions.

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (Sep 13, 2012)

OK it is more expensive than the rumours........but wow, what a camera for an amateur like me.......I'm saving up the pennies.

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v_roma
By v_roma (Sep 13, 2012)

US residents surely can't complain about the price. UK and other weird international pricing issues aside, the only reason I can think of why people would be upset about the price is that it was higher than what was indicated in a rumor site... This is a current gen FF sensor dSLR. How cheap can it really be?

EDIT: I don't work for Nikon nor do I intend to get the camera, by the way.

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vaha
By vaha (Sep 13, 2012)

You see, the problem is that you can order right now (13/09/12 15:00) a Nikon D800 with free delivery for £2249 from amazon.

That is less than £300 difference, and remember that taxes for photographic equipment in the USA are very low, you can even buy it tax free in some places.

You can buy a brand new D600 for £1955, or a second hand D800 with 1821 actuations for £2000.

It doesn't make sense.

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John
By John (Sep 13, 2012)

It's not the sensor, it's not the features - Nikon charging £1955.00 in the UK for a camera that sells for £1300.00 in the USA is daylight robbery! That's not justifiable in any way to anyone with a modicum of intelligence. Gilbert and his team should be sporting a mask and a musket at FOCUS next March!

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wjansen
By wjansen (Sep 13, 2012)

Seems to be lacking an eyepiece shutter--too bad.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

I guess that's bad if you need it. I've never had a need for it.

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

I didn't notice that one. Its essential for long exposure photography. Must make an enquiry because that would be a big blow to many landscape shooters...

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Griffo59
By Griffo59 (Sep 13, 2012)

Oh come on. How many people actually use the eyepiece shutter?

I have used it about twice in 40 years of shooting with Nikons.

I recall that on models that don't have an eyepiece shutter Nikon thoughtfully provides a little plastic doo-dad that fits over the eyepiece to provide the same effect.

Otherwise there is also black electrical tape.

If that's the worst thing you can come up with about the D600 then I think Nikon has a winner!

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

I use the viewfinder shutter on my D800 about 50 times every time I go out and shoot. As for black electrical tape, that's a really, really poor suggestion. If you shot long exposure all of the time you would understand this isn't a minor feature.

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stevepow
By stevepow (Sep 14, 2012)

Yes - don't know why camera makers leave this off - seems simple enough to add, especially when they already have it sorted out on higher end models. Lame.

Canon comes with that rubber cover hooked to the strap - strap that I'd never use, so duh - oh well, nothing is ever perfect, just sort of close.

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DigMe
By DigMe (Sep 13, 2012)

DP Review - Why don't you retract your false report of no AF Fine tuning?!!

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Sep 13, 2012)

With an apology. Oh, the horror!

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losackmd1
By losackmd1 (Sep 13, 2012)

i own D300s i want the D 18-300
i am told i cant use this wide range lens on an FX camera
or can i
i sold one D300 because i used it extensively in INDIA
i want the upgrade to this camera.
WHY did they make a D18-300 lens if they are not making new DX cameras

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bocajrs
By bocajrs (Sep 13, 2012)

Where did you hear they arent going to make anymore DX cameras? Im sure there's at least one or two DX cameras in Nikon lineup needing upgrading (D300 and D7000)

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losackmd1
By losackmd1 (Sep 13, 2012)

all i see are 700 600 800s
nothing to updage the D300 or D7000
and if so WHEN i need it yesterday
thanks

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dnebdal
By dnebdal (Sep 13, 2012)

Eh, the D7000 isn't in any immediate need of replacement. The D90->D7000 gap was about two years, so if they keep that up we should expect a D7000 replacement now. However, the tech has matured a bit since then, so it seems likely the replacement rate will slow down a bit ... if I had to guess, we might see a D7100 in the middle of next year.

And, really - The D300s is still a good camera. Be happy with it until there's a replacement out, and enjoy the extra money you didn't spend on buying it right now.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

The D300s is practically the same as the D300, and I've had that thing FOREVER! People have been waiting for an upgrade for a LONG time! I've been wanting better high-ISO performance for a very long time, and I'm not getting an OLD D700.

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Grim
By Grim (Sep 14, 2012)

d700 looking better all the time but prices getting ever higher.

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ThomasSwitzerland
By ThomasSwitzerland (Sep 13, 2012)

Smart

Something I always waited for from Nikon for common 35mm viewing experience. Bought.

Not the arrogant 800xE*** "Pro" answer - but a camera – conservative concept, affordable.

Waiting for the “Pros” replies that this 600 is just for those "advanced" amateurs. Are Pros progressive - no they they just want to make money, not the arts.

We need more common sense people in these forums instead of self-proclaimed Pros who run their immature opinions up and down.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

I'll bet a lot of these "pros" you're referring to, don't even own a camera...the typical armchair reviewer. They just rehash stuff they find in forums, possibly blowing small issues WAY out of proportion.

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Sep 13, 2012)

"much-in-demand" - hype

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cheddargav
By cheddargav (Sep 13, 2012)

Checking the forums and replies to all these camera announcements is fun.... Canon people are jealous of Nikon, Nikon people seem annoyed at the pricing and I simply want all of it cos I'm camera loving fool!!
So, if someone can lend me about £20,000 I'll enjoy my trip to Photokina!

For what it's worth (probably not much):
The Nikon D600 seems overpriced, as does the Canon 5DIII. I actually like this offering from Nikon. Yes I think it is a bit overpriced but I'd love Canon to come out with a slightly cheaper FF camera that has dual-card slots.
The Sony A99 is an ugly buggar
Fuji have impressed with there line-up of cameras and lenses
... and I really want a Sony RX1 + OVF (cos I love shooting with a 35mm)
:)

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Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

I think the A99 is WAY better looking than this thing. The d600 and d800 look like they are melting marsh mellows. The A99 is visually way sleeker, cleaner and modern looking.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

I don't get it. I'm not seeing that at all. Besides, no one cares what a camera looks like. We're at a point where the insides matter FAR more than cosmetic differences, LoL.

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Grim
By Grim (Sep 14, 2012)

a problem with the d3 and d4 (not specifically looks) is the extent to which they protrude at the bottom (for the 'vertical' format shots). this makes it impossible to fit them to bellows except at the very end. bellows still beat macro lenses.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Sep 13, 2012)

I think i will keep my D700.

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MagnusN
By MagnusN (Sep 13, 2012)

Me too. No AF-ON button, no AF fine tune (read this somewhere), better AF (except from the f/8 thing) and lower FPS than I have in the D700 with the battery pack. I don't care about movie recording. 24MP would be nice to have and the -probably- slightly higher image quality and DR, but necessary? No.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

It does have AF fine tuning. http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d600/spec.htm

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ivan1973
By ivan1973 (Sep 13, 2012)

Canon was right, full frame is the past, present and still the future.

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diforbes
By diforbes (Sep 13, 2012)

Almost wish this had come out before I bought my D800.

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Fred Mueller
By Fred Mueller (Sep 13, 2012)

No dedicated AF button ...

I know - re-assign the AF-L/AE-L button - but as with the D7000, it is just a little too far to the left (under your cheek/nose) ...

This can't be an "oversight" on Nikon's part - same for the 3 bracket limit - just enough missing to drive a certain segment (pro/semi pro) to the higher priced bodies.

A very cynical game with an otherwise undoubtedly fine camera ...

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viking79
By viking79 (Sep 13, 2012)

I agree completely, at least this one doesn't have the video button right near where the AF button should be.

Eric

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Cane
By Cane (Sep 13, 2012)

Why are all the fan boys in here drooling all over themselves about this "destroying the competition"? How does that benefit you? Unless you work for Nikon and actually designed the camera or own Nikon stock, it's misdirected pride and financial stupidity. Competition is actually your best friend.

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Jahled
By Jahled (Sep 13, 2012)

This won't be understood by them, but well said.

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ptox
By ptox (Sep 13, 2012)

It matters because when a fanboy is out with his D600, and sees some poseur ignoramus with his Canon or Sony FF, he can be all, "yessssss!" ... and then go back to photographing high-grain surfaces and extreme DR compositions for later "analysis" in the DPreview echo-chambers ...

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Bearsdenoboe
By Bearsdenoboe (Sep 13, 2012)

"but the street price usually compensates a fair bit too."
So far as I've seen, it takes months or years for the price to fall in the UK.
Does Nikon UK honour the international guarantee? In that case it might well be worth buying from the US (or Hong Kong?) and paying the VAT to the postman. Or save a little and buy a 'renovated' model — my D700 was indistinguishable from new, and carried a full UK warranty.
But why should we put up with this in Britain? Time to Act!

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JakeB
By JakeB (Sep 13, 2012)

Is Ken's "review" up yet?

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 13, 2012)

Jake.......please.....not in front of the children.

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Dan
By Dan (Sep 13, 2012)

I love his reviews, haha. All non-camera people should listen to him, and I'm serious. The things he says are very practical and useful.

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ScottRH
By ScottRH (Sep 13, 2012)

I agree on the moving the controls. What the hell are they doing? Another mis-step from Nikon and this one is in making their cameras very different to use. Not buying. Go back to your proven roots Nikon on useability.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 13, 2012)

I sometimes wonder if this stuff happens as the old engineers and designers retire. The newer and younger people come in, and you know how engineers can be. They immediately start looking for a better idea that can put their stamp on the product. One class that was missing for them at scool was the one that teaches, "If it ain't broke don't fix it, you nimrod."

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 13, 2012)

The BIG problem with this camera:

Using any of Nikon's FX cameras or the D300/D200, one becomes intimately accustomed to the controls on the top left. You press the button with your index finger and roll the wheel with your thumb. One crippling failure of the D7000 was to move that button to the rear side of the wheel. And they have done the same thing here. I'm not sure it would be a deal breaker for me, but I would think long and hard. That is the one thing I hate about the D7000.

I wouldn't give up my D800E for anything else available, but I would like to have a FM2-like digital camera. The weight and size of the D600 makes it a good candidate for putting on a small prime just to take a walk. But why do they move stuff like this button after all these years?

edit: Otherwise, I think they did a great job of balancing features, performance and price.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Sep 13, 2012)

Only a problem if you're coming from the cameras you mention.

Nikon's strategy seems to be to tempt D7000 owners and the like to trade up.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 13, 2012)

You might be right, Jake. But that doesn't explain why they moved it on the D7000.

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Digital Suicide
By Digital Suicide (Sep 13, 2012)

NO. Too much for it. Not buying. Nikon won't get my hard earned money for this overpriced D300s with bigger sensor. Staying with film instead.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 13, 2012)

Your user name says it all ... lol

But hey, what's wrong with a D300s that a little refresh of the sensor wouldn't cure? Great camera.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

How is a FF simply a bigger D300s? Are you going by pixel density?

It's sure easier to do shallow depth of field with a full frame camera.

I wish this body had the sensors from the D3s for lowlight.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

It's not an over-priced d300. It's an overpriced D7000

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hoggdoc
By hoggdoc (Sep 13, 2012)

DS - this is not even close to the D300s in build quality. The D7000 is a high-end consumer camera that could not hold up to the riggers of a pro-shooter. This new camera D600, is in the same class and therefore way too much money. Of course then you have the full frame Sony P&S for $2800.00, so I think the whole camera market is going crazy....

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Sep 13, 2012)

What will be really interesting is to see the IQ parameters of this new sensor (it's the Sony). It's newer compared to the D800's, so it must perform at least at that level (which is the best, any format, now). So, great base ISO DR, incredible shadows recovery and state of the art 6400 ISO performance.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 13, 2012)

More pixels will always be an advantage that must be overcome, as with the D700. Nikon succeeded with the D700 compared to the Canon 5DII, but it will be very difficult for them to get D800 IQ out of this sensor, IMO. The D800 sensor is a beast. Still, the speed of technology these days removes any surprise if the D600 really can go toe to toe with the D800 on IQ.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

The D600 will be much better on a per pixel basis than the D800.
Expect that the 'print size' results will be the same too.
Why do you think Nikon held this camera back and are pricing it exorbitantly?

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rhlpetrus
By rhlpetrus (Sep 13, 2012)

People were expecting unrealistic prices, due to the Nikon rumor site. Thi sis in line with what can be done in terms of body + cost of FF sensor (as Thom has recently posted, it's about 5-6x more expensive to make than APS-C). The price will eventually fall, after the initial rush, to around 1,800 USD. A bargain, given all this camera has to offer.

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Big Mac 15
By Big Mac 15 (Sep 13, 2012)

I agree that's pretty good but you are talking US$ prices whereas myself and a lot of other people are discussing the UK price which, despite being priced "inc. tax" is still a significant amount of money.
We all know that kit gets better and cheaper over time but I think Nikon, after raising the UK price of the D800/e shortly after launch, seem to have decided to go the over way with the D600 and start high and see how it goes.
This is a risky strategy with all the new equipment appearing from competitors but one they seem willing to take. Time will tell but it has put me off and they have nothing new around the £1100 mark which is the next logical break point for camera prices in the UK. This is where the competition can make inroads into the Nikon customer base. Apart from the D7000, which has been around a while, the next step down for Nikon is the Nikon 1 (no thank you) or the D5100 which is aimed at a different market segment.

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Big Mac 15
By Big Mac 15 (Sep 13, 2012)

What Nikon need is a decent mirrorless APC-S around the £1100 mark with 1080/60/50p video and a rotating LCD screen - like the Sony NEX-6. And then to take that up to full frame. Alas, they don't seem to get that - the market is changing but they are very slow to recognise that and more nimble players like Sony are taking the lead.
I fear for them long-term (or maybe they will surprise us, but time is running out....)

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neo_nights
By neo_nights (Sep 13, 2012)

If the price drops to around $1800, even if it takes about a year or so, it'll still be a *very* tempting camera. I just wished it had at least one stop more on the high ISO settings.

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manos3
By manos3 (Sep 13, 2012)

Hi all! Back AF button? I have AF disengaged from the shutter button, anybody knows if you can assign AE-L/AF-L button to just AF?

Of course this negates using the AE-L/AF-L button for what it was made for, so... why remove the dedicated AF button in the first place? It adds sooo much flexibility, it's hard to believe it's just a matter of cost.

Also, I think that the dual SD card as opposed to CF/SD will frustrate many users (me among them, for sure). Dual CF is IMHO one of the best features a semi-pro or pro DSLR can have, but mixing the formats introduces complexity and speed deficiencies (same for Canon EOS5dmkiii etc.) in speed shooting, while going for100% SD makes it even worse. Except for a brand new user, or someone upgrading from a "lesser" model, who only has SD cards anyway. What about all the others out there, Nikon?

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JakeB
By JakeB (Sep 13, 2012)

Like the gentleman complaining about unfamiliar button layout coming from a D700, you've hit the nail on the head with your complaints about no CF slots.

Nikon's strategy appears to be primarily to tempt D7000 owners and the like to trade up; they seem to have determined that's a larger market than pros buying a second body who may well still go for the D800.

I think their positioning of this camera is very smart and the strategy will pay off.

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ranalli
By ranalli (Sep 13, 2012)

Call me an amateur, but I'm not clear on the need for the back AF button. I've been using a D90 for years at this point so I have not missed that...yet.

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Big Mac 15
By Big Mac 15 (Sep 13, 2012)

You know, I think I am relieved that this camera is priced significantly higher in the UK than rumoured. Otherwise I would have been very tempted to get one. The specs are great and the smaller size and weight compared to the D800/e are welcome.

This way I can use my limited funds to try out one of the latest mirrorless cameras from Sony or Fuji. The wife might even start taking some photos and video and we can use at football matches where a DSLR would be frowned upon as a "professional camera" - an experience I had recently with my D7000. It's funny how a NEX-6 or similar is still considered an amateur camera and acceptable where a D7000 wouldn't be allowed.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Sep 13, 2012)

DPR, looks like you have hard couple weeks recently. ;)

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vivtorio
By vivtorio (Sep 13, 2012)

Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec!?!
No, thanks!
Better D800 or A99.

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

lol. Yeah I shoot constantly at 1/8000 with my D800. Don't make me laugh. If you're maxing your shutter at 1/8000 you're not in control.

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stoic little
By stoic little (Sep 13, 2012)

ISO 50

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Entropius
By Entropius (Sep 13, 2012)

The only time I've needed to go above 1/4000 was shooting hummingbirds in flight. If you're shooting outdoor narrow-DOF portraits they make ND filters.

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vivtorio
By vivtorio (Sep 13, 2012)

Yeah, then tell Nikon and the others no more cameras with shutter speed over 1/4000.... or even better - not over 1/2000, but with 2 in camera ND filters.

Cheers! ;)

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kartonos
By kartonos (Sep 13, 2012)

God... $3K with 24-85 lens in Australia.
Add $100 you'll get a D800E body only

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bossa
By bossa (Sep 13, 2012)

http://www.ryda.com.au/Nikon-D600-Digital-SLR-Cameras-s/1346.htm

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avod
By avod (Sep 13, 2012)

I am moving to Nikon, this is it!

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mark25
By mark25 (Sep 13, 2012)

THE D600 DOES HAVE AUTOFOCUS FINE TUNE.... that's what i found out on nikonusa.com

have a look...

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

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

of course it has autofocus fine tune. Nikon have got to blame soemthing for the focus issues they've been having and 'incorrect user usage' is very convenient ;-)

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Dragonfire
By Dragonfire (Sep 13, 2012)

heah, unfortunatelly AF fine tune/micro adjustment is missing... it is pity, of course maybe not a dealbreaker, i have it on my D700 but barely use it, lenses just work fine, but I can imagine in 24mpx there is bigger need for AF fine tune... (especially if Nikon quality check is down a bit nowdays... if!)

anyway, really nice product, light FF camera with durable shutter, love the idea of it, and the sample pics are amazing!!!

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

For gods sake. DPReview have this WRONG. Go to the Nikon OFFICIAL release and READ the spec sheet. AF Fine Tune is THERE.

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ashwins
By ashwins (Sep 13, 2012)

AF fine tuning is NOT missing:

"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 points are available at f/8)..."

See more at:

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d600/spec.htm

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AV Janus
By AV Janus (Sep 13, 2012)

I don't see AF micro adjust?
Its plain bad if it doesn't have it. PDAF sucks paired with many of the lenses.
I often need to adjust for closer focus distances vs. rest.

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

It has it. Read Nikon's spec sheet, not DPReview's.

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bossa
By bossa (Sep 13, 2012)

Teds Cameras in Australia have the D600 body listed at A$2699 :-(

PS: That includes 10% GST (goods and services tax)

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BartyLobethal
By BartyLobethal (Sep 13, 2012)

Digital Camera Warehouse has it listed for AU$2479.

I find with Teds that they always display the RRP but will haggle or price-match.

In any case, if you wait 12 months it will probably come down to the low $2000s. It won't be the newest kid on the block, but it will be the same camera. The first very low mileage second hand ones will be turning up then too.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

D600 Price in South Africa (Orms) $2,910, D800 $3,880, D300 $1,880
prices include 14% VAT and import duties.
At $1,000 more than a D300 very difficult to justify.
P.S. Keep an eye on the 'Top Cameras' view to the left. I guess one will see the interest level of some competitors products rise in the weeks to come.

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Tomskyair
By Tomskyair (Sep 13, 2012)

Camera leaves a bag of mixed emotions with me although Nikon has almost everything got right on the paper.

Sure the specs are great but I wonder how the overall performance will be regarding Nikon's somewhat mediocre consumer grade FX lens offerings. I own a D700 and a D300 and the 300 is usually on par with the 700 due to the significantly better DX lenses compared to their FX counterparts. The 24MP sensor of the 600 won't exactly help here.

Of course one could opt for the well renowned pro grade lenses Nikon makes for FX (if willing to accept their weight and size) but then I'd rather go straight for a D800 considering the overall investment. Especially if the price in the Eurozone goes by the UK level and Nikon may ask for 2199 EUR RRP. Street price for a D800 is already down to 2650 EUR!

So for me it's currently a no buy. The D300 is still doing remarkably well as my allround gear with DX zoom lenses and the D700 as the specialist for occasionally using my old PC and AiS lenses.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

So you use cheap full frame lenses? What's the point of owning a D700 if you're going to do that?

There are ways of getting high quality lenses for less, just not with a FF dslr.

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Drmole
By Drmole (Sep 13, 2012)

A 25% price hike for the UK nice! Nikon Scum

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Sep 13, 2012)

Scroll down two posts.

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Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Sep 13, 2012)

It is the price you pay for living in a country that takes care of you from cradle to grave. Not to worry, our government is heading in the same direction.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

Greg Gebhardt---

I'd pay higher taxes in the US for decent medical care for all.

Don't delude yourself about the UK, Margaret Thatcher did a lot damage, and idiot ibankers are celebrated there too.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Sep 13, 2012)

In the USofA, one serious medical incident (typically caused by getting old) will send you straight into bankruptcy. But hey, we don't have to pay V.A.T. when we buy cameras! In God we trust; all others pay cash.

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fatcatimages
By fatcatimages (Sep 13, 2012)

I guess I have to hang on to my D90 a bit longer. I will not jump until this is around $1800

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Bruce Crossan
By Bruce Crossan (Sep 13, 2012)

Sounds to me as if the AF should perform better than the D7000. . . Nikon mention improved algorithms, same AF sensitivity as the D4. . . it has an Expeed3 processor and can AF with f8 lenses. . . a series of minor upgrades which may add up to a significant improvement??? Look forward to the full reviews.

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Sep 13, 2012)

It's plain daft this site quoting US prices excluding sales tax and UK prices including sales tax (VAT).

Surely it would be better to use the same basis for both, to compare apples with apples.

What a buyer wants to know is the total price to be paid, that includes sales tax.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Sep 13, 2012)

US sales taxes are a local affair. they vary county by county it would be impossible to quote a price with sales tax. and us sales tax is usually very little money. and there are plenty of places with not tax. like where i live no sales tax here

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RichardAB
By RichardAB (Sep 13, 2012)

There are many comments on this site about the apparent US/UK prices, folk are confused, especially here in the UK, because regard to the exchange rate suggests there should be a greater price differential.

Something needs to be done, examples:

$2100(+ tax)/£1995
$2100(excl tax)/£1995
$2100(+ 0-5%)/£1995
$2100(+ tax)/£1995 (£1663+£332 VAT)

Any preference? Any other ideas?

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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cfh25
By cfh25 (Sep 13, 2012)

If it is like the D7000 pricing, there'll be 15% discounts in UK within a month of launch - it's a quaint Nikon UK marketing custom

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (Sep 13, 2012)

No micro AF adjust? No thanks

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

It has AF adjust. Ignore DPReview, and look at Nikon's spec sheet instead. DPReview goofed.

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Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Sep 13, 2012)

Well that choice was quick, just move on then.
That is ashame as it does have it but you missed it and moved on!

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fakuryu
By fakuryu (Sep 13, 2012)

Just saw the link, now Nikon got something on their hands here. Too bad I can't afford one for now.

Now if Pentax can put that sensor inside the K5, that will be a great competition between Pentax/ Sony/ Nikon/ Canon plus I can still use my Limited lenses on it.

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puneetvikramsingh
By puneetvikramsingh (Sep 13, 2012)

Its F%^&* $ 2500 body (India).....better get a D800 or switch to canon

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
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Charlie Jin
By Charlie Jin (Sep 13, 2012)

I expect that Canon will announce sooner or later
a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable camera,
which is lighter and smaller than D600 and
costs similar to that of D600.
I think that it is the only way for Canon in order to
overcome the two fierce competitors in full frame market.

Also, I believe that mirrorless interchangeable full-frame
is the future direction.

BTW, Well done, Nikon.
That's really a good job.
Congratulations~!

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

Leica M9.

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Auke B van der Weide
By Auke B van der Weide (Sep 13, 2012)

any increase in fps with batterypack?

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Kiril Karaatanasov
By Kiril Karaatanasov (Sep 13, 2012)

2700 usd at b&h this is way overpriced camera

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Kiril Karaatanasov
By Kiril Karaatanasov (Sep 13, 2012)

2100 without lens. My mistake sorry

Still far from bargain full frame, and given 5d2 price

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (Sep 13, 2012)

Here is the cheapest, smallest, lightest and newest full frame from Nikon, or from anyone else thus far. Let's have no more griping from you!

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Big Mac 15
By Big Mac 15 (Sep 13, 2012)

I have a D800e and D7000. Am disappointed at the UK price of this camera - but $2099 is great for US customers (should be around £1400 but Nikon are not the only company which exploits UK customers. The price differential is so high might be worth a trip to New York with the wife to get one - holiday and camera in one go!) . The price for me means I won't be rushing out to replace my D7000. More likely to look at a NEX-6 or Fuji X-E1. Money is tight for many people in the UK and they may look at cheaper mirrorless cameras for their next purchase at half the price or less. I appreciate the specs/abilities are different but unless you have unlimited funds for camera purchases, price can influence choice. I think Nikon have missed a trick in the UK trying to retain their customer loyalty.

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aris
By aris (Sep 13, 2012)

US$2099 is GBP1300 at todays exchange rate. Add 20% VAT and you have GBP1560. Yes, still alot lower than the headline price - but the street price usually compensates a fair bit too.

Remember US prices are always displayed without sales tax included.

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Rubenski
By Rubenski (Sep 13, 2012)

Ha, ha, a trip with the wife to new York and still saving money? That's the best joke I heard on DPR up to now.

Comment edited 43 seconds after posting
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Big Mac 15
By Big Mac 15 (Sep 13, 2012)

Yes I was only referring to the travel costs :-)

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Sad Joe
By Sad Joe (Sep 13, 2012)

Reminds me of the 1980's - one of my customers flew to NY, went shopping, had the weekend and returned to the UK with his Minolta light meter for LESS than the price I could sell him for in the UK ! Go enjoy your NY weekend and STUFF UK pricing !

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Big Mac 15
By Big Mac 15 (Sep 13, 2012)

OK, didn't realise the US price was ex TAX.
UK price was estimated with a pessimistic (realistic?) exchange rate rather than the headline rate which you can never get in reality anyway. Well, the TAX situation puts a slightly different stance on the difference between US and UK prices but doesn't alter the fact that NIKON may be alienating some of their potential customers. You see there are some very good mirrorless APS-C cameras around the £1100 mark, but not from Nikon. They are clearly trying to protect sales of the D7000 with this price for the D600 but the D7000 is looking dated against the mirrorless alternatives.

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Entropius
By Entropius (Sep 13, 2012)

In the US, you can buy stuff online and generally not pay sales tax. (You're supposed to, but nobody does.)

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Mimik
By Mimik (Sep 13, 2012)

Half plastic, half metal. Still like the D300s build and control layout better.
But I'm sure it performs.

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (Sep 13, 2012)

Wow, wow, wow.......God is Japanese and Jesus is a Nikon..........this is just what I've (and many other amateurs, I'm sure) have been waiting for. Still a bit more expensive than the rumours but wow, what a package.

Even though i shoot with a DX body I'm so glad I only invested in FX lenses (primes, i'm not a zoom chap) over the years and i feel sorry for the poor suckers that did.......

D600, nice and compact, esp, with a compact prime on the end...........perfect for my needs.........

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Kiril Karaatanasov
By Kiril Karaatanasov (Sep 13, 2012)

Is the UK price a joke? This is mere 10% off d800....

I do not see anything cheap here.

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Sep 13, 2012)

Wait guys ... brand new pleasant surprises are coming from Canon shortly this week .... be excited !

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Midnighter
By Midnighter (Sep 13, 2012)

Who were they again?

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

You'll eat your words any day now. Canon has NOTHING for Photokina.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Sep 13, 2012)

Certainly hope so. time for Nikon to get realistic with their pricing.
Go Canon!

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Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Sep 13, 2012)

11% larger VF diameter, same peephole as the D7000. Wondering about the EVF visibility?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Sep 13, 2012)

There's an EVF, really?

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Martin Datzinger
By Martin Datzinger (Sep 13, 2012)

Sorry, I meant OVF

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