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4

Nikon D600


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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...

The competition

Image: Canon EOS 6D 

It was perhaps inevitable that both Nikon and Canon would look to supplement their full-frame offerings with a second, more affordable model. Their close proximity in release dates can only serve to benefit the buyer, as prices are likely to be matched to undercut each other.

The Canon EOS 6D follows similar principles to the D600, including a lower-resolution sensor and more basic AF system. With fewer AF points and pixels than the D600, the 6D could be seen as having a disadvantage, but it does boast built-in Wi-Fi, GPS and a higher ISO 102,400 setting.

While aimed more at the D800 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III market, Sony’s new full-frame Alpha 99 is also likely to be on photographers’ shortlists. It also uses a 24.3-million-pixel sensor, but features on-sensor phase detection to create a dual-phase system, 10fps shooting and a high-quality electronic viewfinder screen. The existing full-frame models are also likely to be seen as competition, particularly while the price difference between the D600 and the D800 is relatively small, and older models fall in price.

Image: Sony Alpha 99

  • 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

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