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D600 Are you in the market for an"Entry Level" FX Nikon?

RRRoger 8 53 United States
25 May 2012 4:30AM
Nikon Rumors has a really good batting average for the last year.
This one is 80% probable.
Looks to me like a cross between a D7000 and D800.
At $1500, I want to order two for my Event business.

New/updated Nikon D600 specifications:

24.7MP full frame sensor
Weight: 760g (850g with battery and memory cards), the D800 weights 900g
3.2" LCD with 921K dot with ambient sensor control
HDMI output
Video compression: H264/MPEG-4
Full HD with 30p, 25p, 24p, HD with 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
Viewfinder coverage: 100% for FX , 97% for Dx
The Nikon D600 will have built-in AF motor
The body most probably will be weather sealed
The D600 may not have built-in GPS as initially reported
ISO range: 100-6400 (with Lo-1 ISO 50 and Hi-2 ISO 25,600)
39 AF points (with an option of 11 AF points), 9 cross-type AF points
AF face detection
Exposure compensation: 5 EV (same as the D800)
The D600 will probably use the EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery

Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/05/23/newupdated-nikon-d600-specifications.aspx/#ixzz1vqeiahhe

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Graysta 13 1.1k England
25 May 2012 5:49AM
Wish they would drop video and give us a stills camera. But this does look interesting as you cant get a D800.
sausage Plus
13 502 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 8:28AM
The D600 may well prove popular and be as hard to get as the D800!
redhed17 12 839 England
25 May 2012 8:45AM

Quote:Wish they would drop video and give us a stills camera.

You don't have to use the video if it's included you know. Wink

In fact, if you don't use the video it works just like a stills camera. I know, I have a D300S with an unused video option. Wink lol
stuvine 12 63 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 11:23AM
All very interesting but the big question is........WHEN!?!?!?
NEWDIGIT 7 401 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 11:52AM
Graysta makes a very valid point WHY DONT camera makers offer us the option Video or No Video
Personally if I want to do Vid I use my Vid camera.
I hate paying for something I know I will not use yet at the moment I have no option with the newer cameras.
Surely the No vid option would be cheaper thus letting us spend our money elsewhere
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 12:23PM
Does video cost anything on the camera? I think it comes for free.

We want live view for tripod type use, the D800 user guide tells you of the advantages, so not having live view would be a big drop off for me. So you have video out as a given there. The silicon price is driven by the processing steps yield and size. So the recurring cost is negligible for having video there. The chipset are shared with the lower down the range cameras, so it is needed for them and so removing video would need the design of special chips with lower volume so they would cost more.

So what are you left with, the cost of adding some firmware. If it sells a few more cameras then the extra sales covers the engineering cost, and may even result in a lower unit cost.

So in conclusion I do not think it would save money taking video out, and it may even result in a higher sales price. If you do not want it do not use it.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
25 May 2012 12:30PM

Quote:Does video cost anything on the camera? I think it comes for free.

Pretty much. Video has been standard issue on digital stills compacts almost from the outset and is now on interchangeable lens cameras as well.

Even Leica, one of the last bastions of stills-only, is apparently considering a video mode for the forthcoming M10.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
25 May 2012 12:47PM
A modern camera is basically a computer that takes pictures.

The production cost of a computer chip-set depends more on the size of the production run that its compexity. Manufacturers tend to design cameras to do as much as possible and widen their appeal to maximise the number of punters likely to buy them.

Nikon tends to use the same chip-set in a wide range of models so that the entry-level body can deliver much the same picture quality as the "pro" models.

Now that the Sendai and Thailand plants are back in production, I expect Nikon will catch up with a few more models.
Carrera_c 8 273 3 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 1:12PM
I'm going to be watching out for the release date on this one, think it could be a really nice partner for the D700 seeing as I can't really afford the D800.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
25 May 2012 3:14PM
For me - no.
That is because I want to make A2 prints.
D800 for me.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
25 May 2012 8:53PM
Len, do you remember the days when we made 30x24 inch prints from our 6 Megapixel cameras?

OK, we were doing portrait photography rather than landscape. And our old Kodak DCS760 bodies didn't have AA filters so we could squeeze out the last bit of sharpness.
LenShepherd 10 3.6k United Kingdom
25 May 2012 9:45PM

Quote:Len, do you remember the days when we made 30x24 inch prints from our 6 Megapixel cameras?

It depends who you mean by "we" - and how much fine detail in prints.
I am fully aware from side by side comparisons of 30 inch wide prints 12 MP is an obvious distance behind "affordable" medium format digital.
I am not disputing you can make 30 inch prints from 6 MP - provided you accept either a significant lack of detail viewed close or you stand far enough back not to be able to see what has not been captured.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
25 May 2012 11:25PM
Len, how many portrait customers, especially female, welcome extreme detail in the rendering of their skin? In the good old days of film in a Hasselblad, we often used a Softar because the lenses were too sharp.

Never let the truth spoil a good picture!
miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 11:57PM

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