The Nikon D600 is an affordable entry level full frame (FX) digital camera that boasts outstanding image quality in a compact size. Its 24.3 MP image sensor delivers high dynamic range and color depth, while offering low light sensitivity with low noise. Its features include 1080p HD video, 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting, and an advanced 39-point auto focus system.
|Resolution||24.3MP 6,016 x 4,016 pixels (24.7 million total)|
|Sensor||35.9x24mm CMOS sensor (FX)
Self-cleaning via vibration of low pass filter
|Continuous shooting||5.5 fps|
|Media||2 x SD card slots (UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC)|
|Autofocus||Multi-CAM4800 39-point AF system
Optional 11-point mode
9 cross type sensors functional at f8
Internal auto focus motor
|Viewfinder||100% coverage (FX)
97% coverage (DX)
Diopter adjustment -3 to +1 m-1
|Flash||On-board, pop-up flash
1/200 second flash sync with shutter at 1/250 seconds or slower.
(range reduced at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 seconds)
|Shutter Speed||1/4,000 – 30 seconds|
|Shutter Life||150,000 actuations|
|Metering||2,016-segment RGB sensor|
|Display||3.2-inch LCD 921,000 dots
Automatic level adjustment
|Video||HD 1920x1080p 24/25/30 fps
720p 25/30/50/60 fps
FX or DX crop mode video recording
H.264 MPEG-4 codec
Uncompressed HDMI output
|Exposure compensation||+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments|
|Photo editing||Built-in picture editing tools
In-camera RAW editing
19 scene modes
|Timelapse||Internal intervalometer with automatic movie creation|
|ISO Range||100 – 6,400 (expandable to 50 – 25,600)|
|Weight||760g (850g with battery and media card)|
Stereo headphone jack
Stereo mic input jack
GPS/remote input jack
Built-in mic (mono)
|Price||$2099.95 body only
$2699.95 body + 24-85mm VR lens
|Availability||Announced September 13, 2012
Release date September 18, 2012
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WILL THIS NIKON HAVE AUTO FOCUS WHILE DOING VIDEOS?
Yes, the D600 has full-time auto focus while recording video using contrast detection.
If it is like the auto focus on the D800/D4 it is pretty much useless. If you have slow or non moving objects the Nikon video is great. Nikon needs to learn video auto focus from Sony. The Canon T4i is a step in the right direction until you find out you have to buy STM lenses to make it work…
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I own an Nikon 24mm PC lens. The movements are restricted on a DX body like the Nikon D7000. Will the D600 have a greater space between the lens mount and the flash to allow the full 11.5 degrees of tilt (upward movement)?
The Nikon D600 definitely has more clearance between the lens mount and the flash than the D7000. Judging from the photos available, we have determined the clearance is similar to the D800. The D800 allows full tilt and shift movements with the 24mm PC-E, although a few movements require rotating 180-degrees to obtain without interference. Comparison: http://d600.org/?attachment_id=136
shutter speed max: 4000…it’s cheap but this one is real cheap
It would be nice to have faster, but are you really using 1/8000 that much? Only a fast lens (f1.2 or 1.4) wide open in bright daylight requires that kind of speed. You can set ISO to 50 and/or use a ND filters. If you’re hitting that ceiling very much you’ll probably want a ND anyway, because you might need to shoot beyond 1/8000…
I agree that I dont need 1/8000, however, even the D7000 has the speed, I know it will cheap because Nikon take out some cost, but does it cost much when the 1000$ body also has, it make me doubt about the quality of this body. Honestly, I’ve been waiting for this for months…
Remember that a full-frame shutter is larger than a crop-frame shutter. The shutter is a complicated mechanism. Its material, durability and accuracy are affected by the increase in size. I believe Nikon made design decisions based on cost, but I don’t believe that automatically means downgraded quality.
The shutters for full frame are full developed in the film age, the F90 used better shutter that the D600 use (sinc 1/250 and 1/8000). Include a camera 30 years old like FA or FE2 used better shutter (sinc 1/250 and 1/4000). I don’t see any improve in this camera and the price is too high compared with D800.
NIkon D300s or Nikon D600? Which one is better?
We are comparing different formats (DX vs FX) but I would still say the D600 will be better at most everything. The D600 has newer technology and more resolution, dynamic range and low light/high-ISO capabilities. It also has a larger sensor, which is normally preferred because it can give shallow depth-of-field and has better fast/wide-angle lens choices. The D300s uses the same sensor as the D90 which is 2 generations old now. The main advantage of the D300s is its ability to shoot up to 8fps with optional battery grip. The extra “reach” you get with DX isn’t much in this case because the D600 can do a DX crop mode of 10-11MP which is about the same as the D300s at 12MP. The difference is your DX image will fill the viewfinder on the D300s, but you will get more to the sides with the D600. If you absolutely must have the higher frame rate and shoot only telephoto, the D300s might be better. I have not heard if the D600 max frame rate is higher in DX mode, but the FX mode is 5.5fps. In a few days we will know the full specs when the D600 is officially announced.
Not much info about camera body. It is weather seal like all models of Nikon with full size sensor as well as D300s. What about body construction. Magnesium, titanium cheap plastic ???
Unfortunately seems much more plastic than e.g. D300:
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I bought a D90 in 2009 and love it. I use the 18-200 as my daily shooter, also have a 10-20 for UWA landscape work, but find I do more with the zoom. Since I do mostly outdoor work I find that I have a lot of shadow detail to pull out using NX2 control points and D-Lighting…so my question is…will the additional 2 bits moving from 12 to 14 bit NEF help a noticeable amount in working “in the dark”?
The 24MP and full frame are a big plus but it’s the possible wider latitude I’m looking at.
You would benefit from the newer camera but it will be because of new sensor technology capable of capturing more dynamic range with less noise, and not just the bit depth of the raw file. If you want more shadow detail you need to capture it in the first place, and then store the raw data. A higher bit depth is gives you the ability to store and then pull even more out of a raw file, but you have to have a sensor capable of capturing it in the first place, and doing so without excess noise. You can see a difference in 12 vs 14-bit raw, but only at the extreme. You have to be pushing several stops before you see it.
It will support CLS as a commander?
Yes. The D600 features Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode; auto FP high-speed sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Has anyone heard whether or not the D600 will have an internal focusing motor?
Yes, it has an internal motor for operating legacy Nikon AF lenses.
What about in-camera HDR? Will it work while shooting video? Can you say something more about that?
The Nikon D600 has auto-HDR function for still images. The camera takes two separate exposures with one press of the shutter release and combines them to increase dynamic range. Because HDR requires two exposures, it is not possible to use this feature while shooting video.
Question. Doesn’t HDR require at least three shots: one at metered exposure, another x-stops underexposed, and a third x-stops overexposed?
HDR does not require three. The D600 auto HDR uses only two. You can manually bracket any number of exposures you want and combine them in post processing, which will give you better results as well as RAW of each exposure. You don’t get that with auto.
I get a D7000 and mainly use it for video. 3 major issues : the famous lack of 25fps in 1080p mode, the impossibility of adjusting exposure in manual mode while video shooting, and the lack of manual sound adjusting. I read there is no more frame issue with the D600, what about the two others issues ? Many Thanks
Hello Franck. The D600 addresses all your issues: It provides 25fps in both 1080p and 720p resolution. The D600 allows manual control of exposure. The audio level is manually adjustable in 20 steps and can be monitored using headphones via the stereo jack. Audio levels are displayed on the LCD including peaking.
Hello, The audio controls are still an issue as you can not adjust while recording??? you can adjust only before you record… this is pointless as what happens when your sound environment changes while filming? Can this be changed with firmware upgrade? Otherwise its the perfect camera.Thanks
Could you please tell me if there will be any confirmation of focus in the viewfinder:
1. on Nikkor AI manual lenses;
2. on medium format lenses mounted via an adaptor;
2.a) same as 2 but via an adaptor fitted with a dandelion chip such as this one: http://filmprocess.ru/nikon_spec_en.htm
The green focus indicator light and directional arrows, also known as “electronic rangefinder” will work with all lenses with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster. If the aperture is set manually and the lens or adapter does not have a mechanical lever to allow the camera to automatically open the aperture, you would have to manually open to f/5.6 or faster to use the focus indicator (you can stop down if desired to take the exposure).
I thought about buying D600 like backup for wedding photography. How you thinking, it’ll be good thing for this?
I don’t have mony for another d700.
I am presently upgrading from a D80 I bought in 07. The D80 will be my backup. I have a ton of lenses from The F through F4 and F100 that I will be able to use full frame again. I found the comments very helpful. Thanks! Bob