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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...

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.

  • 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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