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Nikon D600 Full Frame DSLR Preview

Nikon D600 Full Frame DSLR Preview - Martin Jordan gets his hands on the brand new, full frame, Nikon D600.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Nikon D600
Price : £870
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Nikon D600 Hands On Preview 2

Yesterday in London’s deepest darkest Soho, down in the basement (not a dungeon) of the Soho Hotel. Nikon finally announced after months of rumour and speculation the launch of their new baby, the D600.

In typical marketing hyperbole they headlined it a ‘Game-Changer’. It begs the questions, what game were they playing? And what game have they changed to? It’s still a camera right?

Hiro Sebata, (‘people call me Hero’) the Nikon product manager was very excited, in fact I’ve never seen a Japanese person so animated since I last watched Endurance. Shoot Big – Travel Light was his mantra. The D600 is a new entry level full frame camera which is incredibly light and compact.

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This camera is aimed at people who want full frame but don’t want a work out, carrying a big beast around. It’s also pitched a price point (£1955.99) as we marketers say, that is aimed at consumers rather than professionals.

For the technical, the camera has a newly designed 24.3 megapixel FX format sensor and an Expeed 3 processing engine the same as the D4. At 24.3 megapixel this matches or exceeds any other full frame camera on the market, excluding of course the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800.

Features include a 39 point AF system, an ISO of 100-6400 extendable to 50-25600. The viewfinder gives 100% coverage; its weather proofed, and has full HD video in uncompressed footage via HDMI.

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There were about sixty of us (56 men and 4 women. Why?) crammed into a windowless room with five cameras to look at between us, so only an impression could be gained, as we jostled to get our hands on one. They say the image performance is up there with the D4 and D800, no doubt Josh will be able to tell us when he does a full test.

Picking up the camera the first thing that strikes you is the size and weight, at 760 gms (body ex battery) it’s comfortably lighter than say a Canon 5D MK II at 850 gms. It fits very nicely in the hand, cameras really don’t need to be bigger than this. For the technical again, it has lots of knobs and button’s, so no surprises there.

Value For Money

The Nikon D600 priced at £1955 makes it the cheapest new full frame Digital SLR, up against the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 at around £2399, the 24.3 megapixel Sony Alpha a99 at around £2500, and the 22.3 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III for around £2600.

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Until very recently when I decided it would be nice to do some time lapse photography, I had never heard the lovely word intervalometer, yesterday I heard it again. The D600 has an inbuilt one, no need to buy one (£130 for a Canon).

So, I think the market is telling us that full frame is the way forward, and what the market wants the market gets. This camera is a great addition to the full frame line up. I would have predicted a stampede to buy this camera, but at £1955.99 I suspect it will be more like an orderly queue.

The camera will be available on the 18th September at an RRP of £1955.99.

Nikon D600 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
Lens
Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6016
Pixels (H)4016
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution921,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • AF Fine Tuning
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity50 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Bracket
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5.5fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS60, 30p, 25p and 24p
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL15
CIPA Rating900
Box Contents
Box ContentsEN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-25 battery charger, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-21 rubber eyecup, BM-14 monitor cover, BF-1B body cap, DK-5 eyepiece cap, AN-DC8 strap, UC-E15 USB cable, ViewNX 2 CD
Dimensions
Weight850g
Width141mm
Height113mm
Depth82mm

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Comments


Leif 9 722
14 Sep 2012 7:57PM
I quote: "The Nikon D600 priced at 1955 makes it the cheapest new full frame Digital SLR, up against the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800 at around 2399, the 24.3 megapixel Sony Alpha a99 at around 2500, and the 22.3 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III for around 2600."

Except that I can walk into a shop and buy a Canon 5D2 for about 1,500, and a Nikon D700 for about 1,600. Oh and a Nikon D800 can be bought for 2,100 from several shops, so it seems to me that Nikon have gone hunting and bagged themselves a foot. Can I have some of that 'tea' Nikon UK are drinking, it sure does good things to the head.

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rahulzerg 5 5 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2012 11:35PM

Quote: makes it the cheapest new full frame Digital SLR

What part of cheapest NEW full frame camera you don't get.
Mark 2 was announced on 17 September 2008, clearly 4 years old.... not New
D700 was announced in July 2008, slightly more than 4 years.. same ... not new.

Clearly Martin mentions new full frame camera.
Leif 9 722
15 Sep 2012 7:51AM

Quote: makes it the cheapest new full frame Digital SLR

What part of cheapest NEW full frame camera you don't get.
Mark 2 was announced on 17 September 2008, clearly 4 years old.... not New
D700 was announced in July 2008, slightly more than 4 years.. same ... not new.

Clearly Martin mentions new full frame camera.

What a pointless comment. I want to take photographs, and only care about the price, and the performance, not some marketing twaddle.
18 Sep 2012 6:18PM
The 6d comes with built in wifi and gps.
Anyone disappointed it only goes to 1/4000th. Outdoor midday wide open auto would make it go faster on my d7000

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