Nikon D600 previewed: the affordable full frame DSLR arrives


posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM EST


Signaling the dawn of the affordable full-frame digital SLR camera, the Nikon D600 features a 24.3-megapixel FX CMOS sensor, an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, a 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD, and dual SD card slots for US$2,100, body-only. It's true, $2,100 isn't exactly cheap, but it's more affordable than the $3,000 Nikon D800, and not much more than the long-in-the-tooth D300S, which cost about $300 less at launch. Shoot with a full-frame SLR and you learn: you really want to shoot full-frame. Is the D600 Nikon's answer for D300S shooters? Don't wait for the D400, upgrade to the D600 now?

For those who thought the D800's 36.3-megapixel sensor was overkill, the Nikon D600 hits the sweet spot. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor covers an extended ISO range from 50 to 25,600. With a pixel-pitch that's said to be similar to the Nikon D3X, we expect good quality at high ISO settings, and that's one of the primary reasons to spend a little more on a full-frame camera: greater light gathering ability.

Nikon's promotional video for the D600 digital SLR gives a rundown of the main features.

Alongside the D600, Nikon has also received a tiny very affordable WiFi dongle for transferring images to your smartphone or tablet, and a shoe-mounted Ethernet adapter. The latter is also compatible with the D4, D800, D800E, and D7000 DSLRs, and can be used with the WT-5a wireless transmitter if you need to stay mobile.

Want to know more about Nikon's latest full-frame digital SLR, and these new accessories? Read our hands-on Nikon D600 preview now, and get the full story! (And keep checking back this evening, we'll have some night sample photos soon!)

Nikon D600
Camera Type Pro SLR
Manufacturer North America: D600
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in.
(141 x 113 x 82 mm)
Weight 26.8 oz (760 g)
Planned Price $2,100
Planned Availability September 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type Sony CMOS
Nikon FX (approx. 1.70 in. diagonal)
24.70 megapixels (total)
24.30 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Focal Length Multiplier 1.00
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Dimensions 6016 x 4016 (24.2 megapixels)
4512 x 3008 (13.6 megapixels)
3008 x 2008 (6.0 megapixels)
3936 x 2624 (10.3 megapixels)
2944 x 1968 (5.8 megapixels)
3008 x 1688 (5.1 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 5.5 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, SLR type; fixed eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.70x magnification, 20.6mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter
LCD 3.2 in. diagonal921,000 dots
Lens Mount Nikon F mount
Focusing System 39-point (9 cross type) TTL phase detection with 3D focus tracking via Nikon Multi-CAM 4800FX; Contrast-detect AF in Live View & Movie modes
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 6400, Lo-1 (ISO 50), Hi-1 (ISO 12,800), Hi-2 (ISO 25,600), Auto (adjustable)
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 2016-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted, Spot (1.5%) centered on selected focus area
Exposure Compensation +/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Hybrid - Auto, seven manual modes can be preset with fine-tuning; color temperature setting, custom
Internal Flash Guide Number: 12
Modes: Front-curtain sync, Slow sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync; built-in flash supports wireless Commander mode
Range: Lens aperture dependent
Flash Exposure Compensation -3 to +1 EV in 1.0EV increments
Scene Modes Scene modes (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dusk/dawn, pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors, food, silhouette, high key, low key), HDR, Active D-Lighting
Self Timer Yes, 2/5/10/20 seconds
Time Lapse Yes
Movie Format MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video with Linear PCM audio) with audio
Max. clip length: 1,200 seconds (1920x1080) / 1,200 seconds (1280x720)
Movie Resolution / Frame Rate 1920x1080 @ 30p/25p/25p, 1280x720 @ 60p/50p/30p/25p
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format RAW (NEF), 14 or 12-bit; TIFF, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
Other Type-C Mini HDMI, New 10-pin Expansion Terminal, Stereo Mic Jack, Headphone Jack
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable or MB-D14 battery grip
Battery Form Factor Proprietary EN-EL15
Product Bundle
Software Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary EN-EL15 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, Metal
Remote Control Yes, Optional wired or wireless
Waterproof No
Notes 24.3MP full frame (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 processor, 5.5 fps burst mode, 150K shutter, locking mode dial, dual SD card slots, UHS-1 compliant, uncompressed Full HD 8-bit video streaming via HDMI, stereo mic jack, headphone jack.
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