With today’s announcement of the D600, Nikon has created quite a storm of enthusiasm as well as raised some questions about the camera, and where it fits in Nikon’s lineup. Here you will find questions and answers about the new Nikon D600.
The Nikon D600 is produced in Thailand, as notated by a “Made in Thailand” designation on the camera’s bottom plate. Nikon’s Thailand factory was affected by flooding in Ayutthaya, Thailand that put the facility under 3 meters of water in October, 2011. The factory was repaired and outfitted with new manufacturing equipment, and has been operating at full production since April, 2012. Many of Nikon’s cameras are produced at the facility, including the D7000 DSLR as well as various DX and FX lenses. The D600 is the first Nikon full-frame DSLR not produced in Japan.
Yes, the Nikon D600 has an internal auto focus motor. It will provide auto focus operation with Nikon AF lenses. The D600 also has an AI indexing tab so that it can read the aperture setting on lenses with manual aperture rings. When using AI and AI-s lenses with CPU data (non-G lenses).
The body of the Nikon D600 is made of both magnesium alloy and plastic. The entire back and top of the D600 are made from magnesium alloy. The front of the D600 is made of plastic.
Yes, the D600 features weather sealing to prevent dust as well as some protection from water splashing or light precipitation. Buttons and accessory doors use rubber gaskets to prevent contaminants from entering the body that could otherwise cause damage the internal components. The D600 has been to provide equivalent protection as the D800 in terms of dust-prevention and weather-resistance.
The shutter in the D600 is designed to provide high speed as well as high accuracy during operation throughout its lifespan. The shutter mechanism has been tested to over 150,000 cycles. The shutter assembly self-monitors to detect any variation throughout its life and automatically adjust to provide accurate operation throughout its operating life. The result is that the D600 provides consistent and dependable operation from first picture you take to over 150,000 pictures.
How many photos can I take using my D600 on one battery charge?
The Nikon D600 will take approximately 900 shots on one battery charge using the included EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery pack. Using the optional MB-D14 battery grip for the D600, you can obtain extend shooting performance. The D600 battery grip can use an EN-EL15 battery to double shooting abilities to 1800 shots. The MB-D14 can also use 6 AA batteries. Installing a set of AA Alkaline batteries in the grip provides about 450 shots. Shot ratings are quoted based on CIPA standards. Actual performance may vary depending on operating temperature, lens and use of camera functions as well as battery condition.