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...
Although initially slightly disappointed in some of the D600’s specification, this camera has really impressed me. The size and weight are spot-on, remaining bulky enough to be taken seriously, yet small and light enough to carry around. The handling and navigation are intuitive and the viewfinder is nice and bright. Autofocus is surprisingly adept, and the burst and buffer are sufficient for its needs. Images are well detailed and low in noise, while the JPEGs are print-ready to please those not wanting to spend time editing. As an all-round camera for true enthusiasts, the D600 makes perfect sense. I would have liked the Wi-Fi to be included in the body rather than as an accessory, and the video mode needs manual options. For me, adding the metering and autofocus from the D800 would be ideal, but then that would leave little reason to covet the D800.
Nikon D600 – Key features
The shooting mode and drive mode dials are placed on top of each other as on the D7000, with button locks to avoid accidental movement.
The standard hotshoe mount allows an array of accessories, including the full range of Nikon Speedlights.
Connections on the side include 3.5mm mic and headphone sockets, USB, HDMI and GPS attachments.
This quick selection lever and button allow the camera to be placed in live view or movie mode.
Like the D3200, the D600 has an optional Wi-Fi dongle that attaches to the side of the camera. This allows images to be uploaded via a hotspot or 3G device, or the camera controlled remotely via a smartphone device using the Nikon App.
The 3.2in, 921-000 dot LCD unit provides a large, sharp and accurately coloured review of images. However, it lacks the flexibility of a vari-angle mount or the added zing of an OLED or four-colour
(white pixel) unit, as seen on some recent DSLR models.
The circuitry has been reworked from the D800 to be more efficient. However, the official figures still quote the same 900-shot life from a single charge. This is an impressive figure nonetheless.
Dual SD slots
As a consumer model, the D600 uses SD card memory as opposed to CompactFlash. The two slots can be used to distribute different types of files or the second used as an overflow.
- 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