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Nikon D600

The worst kept secret in Nikon's history is out!

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Nikon has officially announced the long-rumored and much-leaked D600 - a full-frame DSLR aimed at enthusiasts, with a price to match. At $2099 (body only) the 24MP D600 is significantly cheaper than its big brother the D800, and in fact every other current full-frame DSLR.

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Cameras like Sony's Alpha 850, Nikon's D700 and Canon's EOS 5D brought full-frame sensors within reach of enthusiasts, and the more recent D800 and EOS 5D Mark III have continued that trend, offering more and more advanced specifications at prices much lower than top-flight equipment like the Nikon D3X and Canon's flagship.

Nikon D600: Key Specifications

  • 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (10.5MP DX-format crop mode)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
  • Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points
  • 3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
  • 1080p30 full HD video mode with stereo sound recording
  • Headphone jack for audio monitoring in movie mode
  • Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
  • Single-axis electronic level in viewfinder, duel-axis (pitch and roll) in live view
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 113mm x 82mm (5.5 × 4.4 × 3.2 in).
  • Weight: 760 g (1.6 lbs) (camera body only, no battery)

This camera can be best described as a D800 and D7000 combination.  It has the ergonomics and size of a D7000 but a FX sensor and features like a D800

D600 versus D7000: Specification highlights

  • 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (compared to 16.2MP DX-format CMOS)
  • Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting (compared to 6fps)
  • 3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen (compared to 3in)
  • D800-style combined movie/still live view mode button
  • Headphone jack for audio monitoring in movie mode
  • Uncompressed video recording via HDMI
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D600 versus D800: Specification highlights

  • 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (compared to 36.3MP CMOS)
  • 10.5MP DX-format crop mode (compared to 15.3MP)
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (compared to 51-points, with 15 cross-type)
  • Autofocus sensitivity down to -1EV (compared to -2EV)
  • Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting in FX mode (compared to 4fps in FX mode)
  • 2,016-pixel RGB TTL exposure metering sensor (compared to 91,000 pixels)
  • 2x SD slots (compared to CF+SD)
  • No 'Power Aperture' aperture control during movie shooting (offered by D800 using Fn + Preview buttons)
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 cycles (compared to 200,000 cycles)
  • Magnesium-alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate (D800 is full mag-alloy except flash housing)
  • USB 2.0 interface (compared to USB 3.0)

Here are some sample photo's showing off the D600's 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor!

The D600 is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos with selectable frame rates of 30p, 25p or 24p and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. Other available video modes include 720p HD at 60p, 50p or 30p for ultra-smooth video playback of fast moving subjects, or create slow-motion footage during post processing. To help maintain your creative vision the D600 has features such as manual exposure control, fulltime AF with face-priority and subject tracking, dedicated inputs for a stereo mic and headphones, still image exporting, and much more.

 

Florian Schulz & Salomon Schulz where contacted by Nikon and given 3 D600's and here is what they came up with :)

Truly an incredible camera and if I had the money I would have a very hard time convincing myself not to sell my D7000 and upgrade to this, but for now i will keep drooling and shooting with ol' faithful :)

Cheers everyone!