Nikon D600 Review

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Nikon-D600-ReviewNikon says its 24.3 megapixel D600 HD-SLR will deliver to photo enthusiasts the image quality and performance benefits of a full-frame FX-format sensor in a lightweight, compact form factor.

Whether shooting stills or Full HD video, users can benefit from Nikon technologies like the newly developed, high-resolution CMOS sensor and Expeed 3 image processing. Additionally, Nikon’s optional WU-1b wireless adapter lets users shoot images and transfer them to mobile devices. The adapter also lets users remotely fire the D600’s shutter from 50 feet away. A companion Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android devices is available at no additional cost, as is an app for the iPhone and iPad.

The D600 employs Nikon’s new, large 24.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor (35.9x24mm), which provides an ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) to give maximum low-light flexibility for images with minimal noise and accurate color. The full ISO range can also be used while capturing HD video in challenging light.

For easy operation, Nikon’s scene recognition system and 2,016-pixel RGB sensor recognize the scene prior to capture, and the system analyzes factors such as color and brightness to compare the data using Nikon’s 30,000 image database.

Also employed is a 39-point AF system with the MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. The system offers AF modes to let users select a single point, continuous AF, dynamic AF or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject. The system also features nine cross-type sensors, while seven AF points are fully functional when using compatible Nikkor lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8.

The Expeed 3 processing engine is said to ready the D600 to shoot in 0.13 second, with a 0.052-sec shutter release and the ability to capture bursts of images at 5.5 frames per second at full resolution with full AF. To further enhance speed and workflow, images and video can be transferred to dual SD card slots that are compatible with the latest SDXC and UHS-1 high-speed standards.

Video recording options include the ability to record Full HD 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p rates, and 720p video at 60, 50 and 30p. When shooting HD video at the highest quality setting, 20 minutes can be recorded, or 29 minutes and 59 seconds in normal quality. Video features include full manual control of exposure and the ability to switch between FX and DX format (1.5x) at Full HD for a telephoto boost and alter depth of field. Users can focus manually or take advantage of full-time AF while recording. Additionally, videographers can capture audio with the onboard microphone or record stereo audio externally using the mic input.

In addition to playing back video and images through the HDMI terminal, images can be displayed on the LCD while simultaneously shown on another monitor through the HDMI, with or without shooting data. And the D600 can transfer uncompressed video via the HDMI connection, which can then be routed to a digital recorder.

Other features include: a 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD screen with automatic brightness control; a 100%-coverage optical viewfinder; several scene modes; one-touch access to picture control functions through a new dedicated button; high dynamic (HDR) mode; a body that is sealed against dirt and moisture; and a shutter rated for 150,000 cycles.

Supporting the D600 is more than 70 Nikkor AF and AF-S compatible lenses, including DX-format lenses that can be used on the camera as well as the ability to set DX crop for stills or video to extend the reach of telephoto or telephoto zoom lenses. Additionally, a built-in Speedlight commander can control multiple Speedlights such as Nikon’s SB-700, SB-910 or wireless close-up Speedlight system, and the camera can also control two individual Speedlight groups for further creative control.

The Nikon D600 retails for $2,099.95 body only, or $2,699.95 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens. The WU-1b has an SRP of $322.

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