iFixit.com has performed a complete tear-down of the Nikon D600, reducing it to its component parts to see how easy it is to repair. Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR scored a low 'repairability' score, of 2 out of 10 since 'most components almost require a certification in soldering in order to properly remove'. On the plus side, the tripod mount is easy to remove, if you ever cross-thread it accidentally. iFixit has also worked with semiconductor experts Chipworks to take a very close look at the D600's 24MP CMOS sensor.

We're days away from publishing our in-depth review of the Nikon D600 but until then, here's what it looks like with the hood off...

iFixit.com takes apart the Nikon D600

Among the good news that iFixit found when taking apart the Nikon D600 is that the tripod mount can be easily replaced if it becomes damaged or cross-threaded. The hand grip is also relatively easy to replace, should that become damaged, and the depth of field and function buttons on the front of the camera can be accessed without too much trouble, if they were to become stuck or broken. 

The bad news, according to the guys at iFixit is that unsurprisingly, most of the rest of the camera is very very hard to repair due to the huge number of soldered joins and screws holding everything together. The D600's LCD screen, too, is fused to the rear case and cannot be removed without replacing the entire rear plate of the camera. So if you're a D600 owner, keep that LCD screen cover attached at all times.

This might explain Nikon's recent move to halt the sale of components to repair shops outside its authorized repair network.

The Sensor - Chipworks takes apart the D600's 24MP CMOS

iFixit has worked with Chipworks - experts in semiconductors and electronic reverse-engineering - to take a closer look at the D600's 24MP sensor. As expected, it's a Sony-built IMX128 sensor (although Nikon insists it is designed to its specifications) with a pixel pitch of 5.9 microns. 

The D600's 24MP is a Sony-built IMX128. This electron microscope image shows the pixel configuration on its surface. Pixel pitch is 5.9 microns.