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The D600 is Nikon’s smallest and lightest FX-format DSLR to date, only slightly larger than the D7000, yet noticeably smaller and lighter than the D800. It features a 24.3MP 35mm full-frame sensor sensor, with Nikon’s advanced EXSPEED 3 image processor. This combination of high resolution sensor and processor provides images with very accurate color reproduction with rich tonality, while offering stunning detail 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.
However, Nikon didn’t stop with just still-camera features, as the D600 has a range of advanced video features. It shoots 1080P full HD at 24, 25, and 30fps, outputting its high quality in a very friendly .MOV file with h.264 compression. For those who demand even 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. Its large, 100% viewfinder makes for a great shooting experience, yet 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. You have two SD memory card slots at your disposal that are compatible with a wide range of SDHC / XC cards, letting you continue to shoot uninterrupted 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.
PLEASE NOTE: We are seeing a lot of dust issues with D600 sensors We will clean the sensor right before the camera leaves, but since the cause appears to be shutter movement, dust may reoccur during the first shot. If you shoot stopped down (f/8 or smaller aperture) this may not be the best camera choice.
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
- Camera bag
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