More D600 Specifications and Possible May 2012 Announcement

The Nikon D600 leaks keep flowing, another sign that its announcement may be very soon. Nikon Rumors reports some additional specifications about the upcoming full-frame D600 DSLR, including some interesting tidbits about its features, most notably: it will have a 24.7MP sensor, it will include an internal auto focus motor, and it may have some weather sealing, and will have 100% viewfinder. Additional positive signs are that it will have a full set of video features: HDMI output, full 1080p HD video in 24, 25 and 30 fps, and 720p 25,30,50,60 fps. It will have the same 3.2-inch LCD as the D800 and D4 with automatic brightness adjustment.

The auto focus system will be a 39-point array with an option for 11-points for faster operation when speed is critical. Nine of the focus points are cross type. It also will have face detection such as the D4 and D800. The exposure compensation has a range of +/- 5EV.

This camera sounds like it will be the proper successor to the D700, packing an increased resolution, ISO range (100-6400 expandable to 50-25,600), 5fps frame rate, and slightly smaller and lighter size and weight of 760g (850g with battery and memory card).

There is still no firm indication of price, but the range of $1500 to $2000 is mentioned. It is hard to believe all these features could be put in a $1500 camera, and our thoughts are that it will most likely fall around $2000. Currently, the D700 sells at $2199, and it unlikely that the D600 would be price too far below that.

As for an announcement, there are some European dealers who have been invited to an event in Casablanca on May 28, 2012. A Monday announcement would be slightly unusual, however given time zone differences, it may make sense. Historically, Nikon has announced new products on a Tuesday.