Today, Nikon Inc. announced its new D600 full frame 24.3-magapixel camera. It produces excellent image quality and offers great performance while maintaining compact design and light weight. It is mostly intended for enthusiasts looking for all the advantages of a full frame FX-format sensor, although industry professionals might also look at D600 as a lightweight alternative or a backup body. In short, D600 is Nikon’s lightest, smallest and most affordable Full-Frame HD-SLR camera that packs numerous innovative features desired by most photographers.
There are plenty of photographers who can’t quite afford some of the pro-grade flagship full-frame cameras, such as D4 or D800, but would like to move up from crop-frame enthusiast cameras, such as D3200 or D7000. Nikon D600 is specifically designed to fill such a niche. While it features FX-format sensor, it offers full support for entire lineup of DX lenses. With its high resolution 24.3 MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor engine (found in more advanced cameras) D600 is capable of processing superb images with high dynamic range, even at low lighting conditions. Speaking of low light performance, Nikon D600 offers a wide IOS range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50 – 25,600), giving photographers the ability to exercise their creativity without drastically affecting image quality, minimum noise and accurate colors.
A large 3.2-inch 921K dot LCD screen with a wide viewing angle incorporates an ambient brightness sensor which automatically controls screen brightness and contrast according to available lighting conditions to guarantee clear viewing. Additionally, D600 features a 39 point autofocus system with the new MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. This enables fast acquisition and tracking of intended subjects and allows photographers to use several AF modes, such as single point, continuous AF or Dynamic AF.
As with most modern cameras, D600 is capable of producing full HD videos at all ISO ranges. It has advanced video features fit for pros and enthusiasts alike that are looking for all the benefits of manual controls. Its EXPEED 3 image processing engine allows for flawless capture of HD videos at full tonal range and accurate color reproduction throughout the entire frame. D600 gives users the ability to record these videos at various resolutions and frame rates, including 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second, and 720p at 60, 50 and 30fps. Up to 20 minutes of video can be recorder when shooting highest quality HD footage, or up to 30 minutes of footage when filming in normal quality.
But perhaps its biggest advantage is its compact size and weight when compared to other full-frame DSLR cameras. Nikon D600 measures 141(W) x 113(H) x 82(D) mm and weighs only 760g/26.8oz (body only). In addition to its size, D600 is also dust and water resistant (same as D800). Considering its image quality, weather resistance, portability, versatility and basic features, it can be a great alternative camera for travel photography even for professionals.
Furthermore, Nikon D600 features a built-in flash with guide number of approximately 39 feet, which many enthusiasts will appreciate and a built in hot shoe and commander function which allows for wireless control over up to two groups of external flash units, which more advanced users will also appreciate. The camera supports a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second and flash sync speed of 1/200 of a second. The camera supports Dual SD memory cards for simultaneous recording. This camera also boasts a new locking mechanism on the mode dial to prevent it from being adjusted accidentally. The shutter should last for about 150,000 actuations and the battery has been rated for approximately 900 shots. An additional battery pack MB-D14 (sold separately) will double the battery capacity and serve as an extended grip. This battery grip will be capable of not just native rechargeable batteries, but also support AA batteries. This can be very advantageous when shooting in remote locations.
While Nikon D600 doesn’t not have a built it Wi-Fi module, Nikon offers a wireless mobile adapter WU-1b, which will connect to the camera’s USB port and allow for wireless transfer of images to another device, such and smartphone or tablet. This adapter will be sold separately for $59.95 SRP and will function with a companion Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility on Android™ and iPad/iPhone® application. When paired with wireless adapter, these programs will allow for remote image capture from the device, as well as sharing of captured images on various social circles.
The Nikon D600 is expected to be available on September 18, 2012 for $2,099.95 SRP, for body only unit and as a kit paired with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR for the of $2,699.95 SRP. New Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D14 for $322 SRP on September 18, 2012. The WU-1b wireless adapter will be also available on September 18, 2012 for $59.95 SRP.