Nikon D600 Flash


Flash Test Results

Coverage and Range
Good flash range, but with narrow coverage. Our standard indoor portrait shot required less than average exposure compensation.

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24mm 85mm
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Normal Flash
+0.3 EV
Slow-Sync Flash
0 EV

Coverage. Flash coverage is quite narrow and uneven at wide-angle (24mm), leaving very dark corners. Narrow flash coverage isn't unusual, though, as manufacturers look to increase range by concentrating the light, and keep in mind 24mm is wider than most lenses. Coverage is much more uniform at telephoto (85mm), but there's still some fall-off in extreme corners that may be due to the lens itself (Vignette Control set to Normal).

Exposure. Our Indoor Portrait test scene was well exposed with +0.3 EV flash exposure compensation which is a little less than the average amount of flash exposure compensation required for this scene (+0.7 EV). The camera's Slow-Sync flash mode produced bright results with no flash exposure compensation, though with a stronger orange cast from the room lighting.


Flash Range: Wide Angle
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200

Flash Range: Telephoto
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft
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1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL08T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL09T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL10T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL11T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft
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1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL14T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL15T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200
Click to see D600FL16T.JPG
1/60 sec
f4.5
ISO 200

ISO 200 Range. With the 24-85mm kit lens, flash exposures started out bright at 6 feet at wide-angle and remained bright to 10 feet, decreasing gradually as distance increased for there. At full telephoto, flash exposures were a little erratic as distance changed, with 14 feet being the brightest exposure! 16 feet was still bright, though, so very good range here.


Manufacturer-Specified Flash Range
Wide Angle Telephoto
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15.8 feet
ISO 200
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12.2 feet
ISO 200

Manufacturer Specified Flash Test. The Nikon D600's built-in flash is rated with a Guide Number of 12m or 39 feet at ISO 100. That works out to about 15.8 feet at f/3.5 and 12.2 feet at f/4.5 and ISO 200, the maximum apertures of the kit zoom lens. In the test shots above, the D600 performed as Nikon says it will at telephoto, producing a bright flash exposure, however at wide-angle exposure of the target is slightly dim, about a 1/4 f-stop underexposed, despite using spot metering. Still, because of the results at telephoto, we think Nikon's flash power rating is credible.

Our standard test method for flash range uses a fixed setting of ISO 100, to provide a fair basis of comparison between cameras. We've now also begun shooting two shots using the manufacturer-specified camera settings, at the range the company claims for the camera, to assess the validity of the specific claims.

 



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