Nikon D600 review

HD video

HD video has become something of a standard feature for all new cameras, but until recently the Canon EOS 5D Mark II remained the pinnacle for movie fans, thanks in part to its full-frame sensor. Until the Canon EOS 6D arrives in December, the D600 will be the cheapest full-frame HD video solution, and it boasts a headphone socket over its Canon counterpart. The shallow depth of field offered from a full-frame sensor multiplies the creative possibilities of video, and when combined with decent optics it is possible to create real cinematic results.

The D600 doesn't allow full control over the ISO and shutter speed that some cameras do, but the aperture can be preset before filming from the aperture priority mode. The microphone input means that professional microphones can be used, which also avoids picking up the noise of the autofocus motor in the lens, while the headphone jack allows proper monitoring of the sound. The MOV file type the D600 uses to record will play back on most devices without the need for editing software, and a basic edit of the start and stop points can even be made in-camera.