Price as Reviewed:£1,995.00
Nikon’s new D600 offers an appealing upgrade path for consumer users. We put it to the test to find out just how good this full-frame, entry-level model really is. Read the Nikon D600 review...
LCD, viewfinder and video
Even through the plastic protection screen clipped onto the rear, the D600’s 3.2in, 921,000-dot LCD screen looks impressive. Although this isn’t an OLED device, the contrast is still high – perhaps helped by the punchy images – and detail is razor-sharp. There was perhaps an opportunity to offer something a little different, such as a touchscreen or a bracket, but the viewing angle is decent and there is no shortage of buttons at your fingertips for control.
One notable advantage for those upgrading to the D600 from an APS-C body is the size of the viewfinder. This has a 100% field of view and a 0.7x magnification, providing a nice large display. Despite the size of the eyepiece, it is still comfortable to view with glasses and there is a standard adjustment dioptre should you need it.
However, the AF points appear a little too subtle in black, only briefly flashing red when focusing or adjusting the AF point. A grid view can be switched on in the menu. Manual focusing was made easy by the brightness and clarity of the viewfinder, too.
As discussed in the Features in use panel on page 46, video is an integral part of this and most other DSLR cameras these days. The D600 records in 1920 x 1080 pixels at a choice of 30fps, 25fps or 24fps, or at 1280 x 720 pixels at 60fps, 50fps, 30fps or 25fps in the QuickTime MOV format. The quality of the video looks impressive and, thanks to the external sound options, it sounds good, too. Videographers might be put off by the lack of full manual control, though.
- Video: 1080p HD (30fps, 25fps, 24fps), 720p (59.94fps, 50fps, 29.97fps, 25fps, 23.976 fps) MOV (H.264/MPEG-4)
- White Balance: Auto (2 types), 11 preset, 4 custom and manual, with fine tuning
- External mic: Yes (3.5mm)
- Dioptre Adjustment: Yes (-3 to +1)
- Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 12m @ ISO 100)
- Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
- Memory Card: Dual SD (UHS-I, SDHC, SDXC)
- Viewfinder Type: Optical pentaprism
- Output Size: 6016 x 4016 pixels
- LCD: 3.2in, 921,000-dot TFT LCD
- Field of View: 100% coverage 0.7x magnification (97% for DX)
- White Balance Bracket: Yes (2-3 frames in 1, 2 or 3 steps)
- AF Points: 39-point (9 cross-type), single-point, dynamic area, 3D tracking, auto area
- Sensor: 24.3-million-effective-pixel, full-frame (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor
- Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec (1/250sec max)
- Focal Length Mag: Approx. 0.7 x
- Exposure Modes: PASM, 2 custom modes, auto, scene
- Weight: 850g (with battery and card)
- Power: Rechargeable EN-EL15 Li-Ion
- File Format: JPEG, NEF (raw), MOV
- Drive Mode: 5.5ps high speed, 1-5fps low speed, single frame, quiet shutter, self-timer, remote control, mirror up
- Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec + bulb
- DoF Preview: Yes
- Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- Dimensions: 141 x 113 x 82mm
- Metering System: 2016-pixel RGB sensor, 3D Color Matrix metering II, centreweighted (75%) and spot (1.5%)
- Compression: 3-stage JPEG, 4-stage raw
- Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI, 3.5mm phones, GPS port
- Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1/3 or 1/2EV steps
- RRP: £1,955.99
- Lens Mount: Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
- ISO: ISO 100-6400 (ISO 50-25,600 extended)
- Focusing Modes: Single, continuous (servo), auto, manual
- Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR