The Nikon D600 will make its official introduction next month. This entry-level full-frame DSLR from Nikon is set to make an impact with ripple effects from enthusiasts and amateur to professional ranks. While the D600 already has photographers eager with anticipation, videographers and amateur filmmakers are also salivating at the possibilities. Learn why the D600 will deliver true cinematic results at such an afforable price.
Filmmakers prefer the full-frame 35mm format for the same reason portrait photographers do; it allows them to get shallow depth of field to isolate their subject while blurring the background. This separation gives a director the ability to render a scene to tell a story, much like the way a painter puts detail in one area of a painting while leaving other elements less defined. The large sensor also has an advantage in its ability to gather light for shooting video in near dark settings.
Currently, filmmakers are use DSLR cameras because they are a less expensive alternative to professional cinema cameras. But the cost of a professional-level full-frame DSLR is too high for many amaeturs, enthusiasts and students, leading them to more affordable crop sensor DSLR cameras (Nikon D7000, Canon 7D) as a compromise. While these crop sensor cameras deliver more depth of field than a camcorder, they simply can’t produce the shallow depth of field of a full-frame 35mm camera.
When the Nikon D600 DSLR enters the market at near $1500 it will have all the benefits of a full-frame 35mm sensor as well as high-end features previously only found in professional-level cameras, except its price will be not much more than current crop sensor cameras. To say that DSLR video enthusiasts are excited about this possibility is an understatement. The demand for such a camera among filmmakers will be overwhelming. We expect Canon will respond in similar fashion with an entry-level DSLR of their own.
From photos and information leaked over the past few weeks, we have already seen a majority of the features of the Nikon D600. Offering an external stereo mic input allows the use of off-camera sound preferred by videographers and filmmakers. A stereo headphone jack allows live monitoring of sound. An HDMI output allows live signal to be monitored, recorded or broadcast via an external source. And a USB connection allows external control of the camera.
While most amateur DSLR video enthusiasts prefer manual focus, the D600 also offer full time auto focus during video recording. For those who prefer manual control over focus, ISO, and aperture, the D600 will provide full manual control, including the ability to select aperture in the camera when using modern Nikon G lenses (without an external aperture ring), just like the D4 and D800. The D600 also provides two SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, with the ability to record videos to one and photos to another. Ultra High-Speed Class 1 (UHS-1) SD cards are also supported.
The D600 will deliver HD video at 1920×1080 resolution, offering 24, 25 and 30 fps progressive frame rates, as well as 720p resolution at 25, 30 as well as high speed 50 and 60 fps for action and slow motion effects. Standard video format is MPEG-4 using H.264 codec.
The Nikon D600 will be announced in September before Photokina. It will be manufactured by Nikon in Thailand, alongside the Nikon D3200 and other Nikon consumer-level cameras.