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Body & Design

Full frame sensor aside, the D600 looks and handles like a mid-size Nikon DSLR. It is smaller and lighter than its big brother, the D800 while maintaining a comfortably deep handgrip. The body is itself features magnesium alloy construction for its top and rear shell and Nikon claims weather-resistant and dust-sealing perfomance equivalent to the higher-end D800. All the external controls you'd expect to find are present, with mode and drive dials, front and rear command dials and ample array of buttons that put shooting controls within easy reach.

We've already mentioned the ergonomic similarties between the D600 and its stablemates the D7000 and D800, but the significance of this (beyond the comforting embrace of familiarity, if you're using them side-by-side) is that the D600 combines accessibility and functionality very successfully. The exposure mode dial will be nice and familiar to D5100 and D7000 owners, but users of Nikon's high-end DSLRs will appreciate the fact that it is lockable, and does not rotate freely. D5100 owners will enjoy quick and simple, 'visual' access to PASM and auto shooting modes, whereas more advanced photographers will be grateful for easy access to the D600's two customizeable 'U' shooting modes, from the same dial.

Owners of lower-end DSLRs, or compact camera upgraders probably won't even notice, but we suspect that a lot of Nikon users will be pleased to see that the D600 has a body-integral AF motor. This is a feature of Nikon's high-end DSLRs, and allows the D600 to be paired with older, non-AF-S lenses and still achieve AF. If manual focus is your priority, you can program the D600 to recognise up to nine 'non-CPU' manual focus lenses, so if you've got a large collection of older optics, you don't need to turn to Ebay just yet. The only limitation is that the very oldest, non-Ai models are off the table. They'll jam if you try to use them on the D600 (but will mount just fine on lower-end models in the D3XXX and D5XXX class, albeit without aperture indexing). Yes - the details of Nikon's lens compatibility are complicated...

The D600 uses a newly-developed 24MP CMOS sensor, and features the same ISO span as the D800 from Lo (ISO 50) to ISO 25,600 (equivalent) with a standard range of 100-6400.

The D600's sensor is built by Sony, and similar (if not mechanically identical) to the one used in the A99 and RX1 but Nikon insists that it is built to its (Nikon's) own specifications.
According to Nikon, the D600 boasts a 'very similar' degree of weather-sealing and shock-proofing as the D800, which although not in the same league as the D4, should ensure that it survives a reasonable degree of exposure to the elements.

The D600's shell is mostly magnesium alloy, with some polycarbonate (notably the front panel).

Apart from the minor differences detailed above, the D600 is operationally very similar to the D800. As we'd expect in a current-generation Nikon DSLR the D600 offers a neat stills/movie live view switch and a separate movie recording button (rather than combining the two, as the D7000 does). The D600's LCD screen is exactly the same as the one on the back of the D800 too - 3.2 inches, with a resin layer to reduce internal reflections and increase screen contrasts and visibility outdoors. In use, the difference between this and the LCD on the rear of the D7000 isn't enormous, but there is a difference.

The D600 lacks the separate AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON buttons that you'll find on the back of the D800, but if you miss AF-ON that much, you can always re-assign AE-L/AF-L to fulfil the same function (remembering of course that it is possible to save two entirely distinct sets of shooting parameters, including custom settings, to the 'U1' and 'U2' custom modes).

Viewfinder size

The D600's viewfinder - like that of the D800 - is large and bright, and with a 0.7x magnification, is essentially the same as that on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. It offers 100% viewfinder coverage, enabling precise framing. The D600's Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen gives good indication of focus, which is doubly important, given that Nikon currently lists no alternative focusing screens for the D600.

One figure hidden away in every SLR's spec is the size of the viewfinder (often in a format that makes comparison between competing models impossible). The size of the viewfinder is a key factor in the usability of an SLR - the bigger it is, the easier it is to frame and focus your shots, and the more enjoyable and involving process it is. Because of the way viewfinders are measured (using a fixed lens, rather than a lens of equivalent magnification), you also need to take the sensor size into account, so the numbers in the diagram below are the manufacturer's specified magnifications divided by the respective 'crop factors'.

The Nikon D600 has a viewfinder magnification of 0.7x, which is significantly larger than the D7000 and virtually the same as the Canon EOS 6D and the Sony SLT A99.
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Total comments: 19
SxeHunKA77

What UI did Nikon install in this camera?

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carton dinis machado

how to compare Nikon D600 versus nikon D7100

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Mike FL

The new D610 has the same problem that Dust spot issue continues.

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amestigon

Today, D600 was ordered to be off sale by Government in China. 2014/03/16

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tallguy600

Law Firms Lining Up to File Class Action Lawsuits Over the D600 Dust/Oil Issue:

http://petapixel.com/2014/02/25/law-firms-lining-file-class-action-lawuits-d600-dustoil-issue/

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tallguy600

Great camera but the oil spots, sold all my Nikon equipment and got a Canon 6D instead.
Now much happier with great Wi-Fi implementation, made in Japan better camera body....

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Scottelly

Something that amazes me is that the Sony A99 actually performs better at high ISO settings, like ISO 1600 and ISO 6400, than this camera and the D610. I didn't expect that. If you doubt me, just take a look at the photos here with the studio shot comparison tool. Be sure to set the ISO settings for both cameras and make sure you look at the playing card and the writing on the red square under the dime. Those areas REALLY show the noise. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/studio-compare#baseDir=%2Freviews_data&cameraDataSubdir=boxshot&indexFileName=boxshotindex.xml&presetsFileName=boxshotpresets.xml&showDescriptions=false&headerTitle=Studio%20scene&headerSubTitle=Standard%20studio%20scene%20comparison&masterCamera=nikon_d600&masterSample=dsc_4526_03&slotsCount=4&slot0Camera=nikon_d600&slot0Sample=dsc_4526_03&slot0DisableCameraSelection=true&slot0DisableSampleSelection=true&slot0LinkWithMaster=true&slot1Camera=sony_slta99&slot1Sample=dsc00049&x=-0.378464142966364&y=0.34409159041539195

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munro harrap

I am sure you , thinking a little about it, must realize they produce with profit in mind, not love for you, who are merely contributors to their profits for them.
That is all you are, and all even the greatest photographers are- a means of supporting their incomes and assuring the wealth and value of the yen against the euro, pound, and dollar.

Nikon knew pre-release, surely, that this problem existed, as they extensively test new machines. Therefore, it follows, surely, that this was all done on purpose, as was designing lenses that do not cover more than APS-C properly (24-70 NahNo!) because they delude themselves that we are all so pleased to own a Nikon that we will even buy plastic mount lenses for it!! Made of plastic, and according to one reviewer taped inside with sticky tape as iPhone lenses are with glue.

They think we are that jackdaw stupid. They are correct. We are so stupid we cannot make cameras at all!!!

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Frank C.

No recall from Nikon because of their abysmal recent quarter(s), if this would have happened in 2010 I'm sure Nikon would have replaced the shutter mechanisms for free under guarantee but is it stands now Nikon is struggling, there's no money in the pot to recall and fix the d600

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tallguy600

How do you explain the D610 and the lack of recall of the D600?

One doesn't need a PHD in damage control; the way Nikon handled this issue and it's customer base are a shame.
The D600 should have been fixed, full shutter issue disclosure should have been provided.
Is the D610 shutter mechanism the same as the one on the D600 where it was replaced?
Simple questions, there should be answers but of course no, nothing.

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Andrew770

DP Review is a professional organization and their review of the Nikon D600 meets professional standards. It is impressive how much better the Nikon D600 camera performs than Canon and Sony's high end cameras. The D600 is clearly the winner in the DP Review comparison of these top end cameras. For me the D600's handling of ISO images sets it apart from the competition and is one reason why Nikon is the #1 camera brand.

Apparently the early production run of the Nikon D600 had some cameras whose shutter mechanism was faulty. Nikon gave an advisory in February 2013 for those affected to take their cameras to their service centers and many had their camera's shutter mechanism replaced.

Canon's top end camera also experienced a light leak issue from its early production run. Apparently providing a fix was much more involved because it was a structural problem. Apparently Canon's solution was to put a tape inside the camera to cover the light leak.

Finally, the D600 is awesome!

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Segaman

For some its awesome, for others its their worst nightmare.
As long as your happy everything is fine, if there is a 610 there is a big reason for that.....

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WhiteBeard

You seem to trust DP Review's "professional standards" so much that you forget to use your own critical sense. Look closely at the studio shots, JPEG at 100 and 3200 ISO and tell me that the Nikon is not overly soft and lacking detail compared to the Sony or Canon, especially on the playing cards.

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Noogy

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d610/

Cheers to DPR for the gold rating of D600 - a clearly defective camera by design and component. The link above is the implied admission from Nikon. Next time raters from DPR, it is better that you state "we withhold any final rating on this camera at this time until we see a conclusive fix from Nikon" or something like that and save yourselves the embarrassment.

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gmortiz

D600 nightmare: After three weeks a few spots appeared. After four weeks a MASSIVE number of spots appeared and I sent it in to Nikon's New York repair facility. Two weeks later I received it, they had replaced the shutter mechanism and cleaned the low pass filter. I took some blue sky test shots which revealed spots still on the sensor. Back to Nikon for the second time. I received the D600 back from Nikon and the workorder shows all they did was re-clean the already cleaned sensor. Test shots show the exact same spots present as when they received it.

How ridiculous is it that an untrained consumer can see a serious problem in 5 minutes, and Nikon's service center has now twice sent out a camera with a damaged sensor.

One more thing: HEY NIKON - can we end the fantasy that the problem is dust? From the owner's manual: "Note, however, that the filter is extremely delicate and easily damaged." And apparently it is damaged when lubricant from the shutter mechanism hit it.

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nekrosoft13

the "trained" technician is stuck in some poorly lit building. Is not like they can go outside and take shots of blue sky.

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hovirag

Nikon comes clean over the dust and oil problem – meaning they fixed it. Nikon users also mentioned even before the Nikon announcement that these issues disappear after the camera has been run in.
Source: http://bubbajuju.com/get_nikon_d600_on_sale/
where there are two comparison grids of the most popular cameras to date.

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socaltrevor

they didn't fix it

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jengord

No they havent fixed it. What they are doing in Australia is fitting a new D600 shutter, cleaning your sensor and sending it back, then surprise surprise after about 500-1000 shots the oil is splattered thickly again, not the normal one or two spots but multiple,this is not normal! after about 4 returns they send you another D600. So then your back on the round-about. I dont think I will buy NIKON again.

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