The D600, only slightly larger than the D7000 and noticeably smaller and lighter than the D800 features a 24.3MP 35mm full-frame sensor sensor with Nikon’s advanced EXSPEED 3 image processor. This combination provides images with very accurate color reproduction with rich tonality with a large dynamic range. Utilizing the AF system from the Nikon D7000, the D600 gives shooters 39 AF points to select from. It has a maximum continuous frame rate of 5.5fps, with autofocus capability all the way to f/8, making teleconverter-users feel right at home. Its normal ISO range of 100-6400 allows users uninhibited shooting, even in low light conditions.
The D600 also has a range of advanced video features and shoots 1080P full HD at 24, 25, and 30fps, outputting footage in a very friendly .MOV file with h.264 compression. For those who demand higher quality footage, the D600’s HDMI input also provides clean, uncompressed video, allowing the use of a high-end external recorder. Also featured is both a 3.5mm mic input, as well as 3.5mm headphone jack, allowing high quality audio recording and monitoring while shooting.
Despite its small size, the D600 sports a lightweight yet rugged magnesium alloy body with a shutter rated at 150,000 actuations. The camera features a large viewfinder and still retains a built-in pop-up flash that is compatible with the Nikon CLS system. The large 3.2" 921K rear LCD makes image review and live view shooting very visually pleasing.
Like many other Nikon DSLRs, the D600 includes a built-in intervalometer for time-lapse photography. The camera has two SD memory card slots that are compatible with a wide range of SDHC / XC cards, allowing uninterrupted shooting even after one card fills. The D600 uses the same EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium battery as the D7000 / D800, and is rated at 900 shots per charge.
Do You Like New For Less? We also rent the Nikon D610, which is the update to the D600. It adds newly a designed shutter mechanism for increased maximum frames-per-second to 6 (D600 shoots 5.5fps), the addition of a 3fps quiet continuous mode, and “updated” white balance system. it also fixes the widely-reported dust issues with D600 sensors. Oh yeah, did I mention it costs less to rent?
This is probably the most logical and well thought out camera release of 2012. A lot of people don’t need 36 megapixels, but want a full frame camera with more resolution than the D700 / D3s provided. This fits the niche perfectly. Let’s be honest, 24 megapixels is more than almost anyone needs (and more than most cameras have).
The D600 actually has advantages (other than price) over the D800: it shoots a bit faster and is smaller and lighter. There are a few trade offs you should be aware of. Most important is the D600’s maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000. It’s not something that effects a lot of people a lot of the time, but it can be significant in certain situations. The autofocus and autometering systems seem a bit less robust on paper, but that’s on paper. Time will tell how much of a practical difference it makes.
For most Nikon shooters, though, the D600 is like Baby Bear’s Stuff was for Goldilocks — just right.
- D600 camera body w/strap
- Body cap
- EN-EL15 battery
- MH-25 battery charger
- Manual or Cheat Sheet
- Camera bag
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