Nikon D600 Revealed – First Photos Leaked!

Nikon D600 Full Frame Camera Body

The first photos of the Nikon D600 were leaked on Chinese website Xitek this morning. The photos show the front, part of the left side and top of the new full-frame camera from Nikon. The D600 is a compact body with FX format sensor. One photo clearly shows the large mirror and pentaprism that confirms this is a full-frame camera. The auto focus motor is also clearly visible. The two buttons on the front could be a function button and a dept of field preview.

Nikon D600 FX Camera Side View

The side view of the Nikon D600 shows the current focus mode selector switch and button as seen on the D800. The side doors are labeled Mic for mic input for video, as well as more ports which would house the HDMI output, USB connectivity and remote port. The panel on the upper right above the D600 logo appears to be an infrared remote receiver window.

Nikon D600 FX DSLR - Top Showing flash, LCD display

The top view shows the back-lit LCD display, direct access to video recording button, metering mode selector button, command dial, exposure compensation button, shutter release and traditional on-off switch. The viewfinder hump is clearly large enough to accommodate the large viewfinder necessary on the full-frame format.

At the upper left we see the mode selector with lock, and some modes are visible, including a mirror-up shooting mode (Mup). The body appears to be at least as compact as a D7000 and maybe even smaller. The lens shown is the Nikon 50mm 1.4D NIKKOR.

The D600 is expected to be announced soon with delivery toward the end of Summer 2012. The camera is expected to be priced competitively, perhaps landing below $2000 US Dollars at introduction. This is an aggressive move for Nikon, but with a low-cost FX option many users will be enticed to upgrade and will greatly increase the demand for full-frame lenses, such as the recently released 28mm f/1.8G and 85mm f/1.8G as well as the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR also announced today.

Upcoming: Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR AF-S Zoom NIKKOR Lens for FX

24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR  AF-S Nikkor
As reported by Nikon Rumors, there is a new 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 VR AF-S NIKKOR zoom lens on the way from Nikon. The lens is intended to be an affordable mid-range zoom optimized for full-frame digital cameras. Such a lens would make an excellent paring with the upcoming D600 entry-level full frame camera. Using a variable aperture, the lens can be made smaller and lighter, while the AF-S internal focus motor provides quiet operation for video as well as VR image stabilization. Nikon will use the affordable lens option if they combine a kit lens with the camera.

Similar lenses were disclosed in a 2011 patent application filed in Japan, JP,2011-221421,A. The patent application included a 24-70mm f/3.5-4.5 full frame lens and various alternate configurations including 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 and 28-100mm f3.5-4.5. The new lens could be announced as soon as June 15, 2012. The D600 announcement is not expected to be made at the same time as this new lens, however the official Nikon D600 announcement is expected by the end of Summer 2012.