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4

Nikon D600


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£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...

Metering

Image: The matrix metering system works well in most conditions, although slight underexposure is necessary in heavy contrast to maintain highlights

The D600’s metering system is the same as that used in the D7000, and in most lighting conditions it produces decent results. However, when challenged by trickier conditions it does lack the complexity of the D800’s 91,000-dot 3D Matrix III system and can require manual adjustment. For the contrast of early evening light, I found myself setting the exposure compensation to -0.7EV to ensure highlights were maintained. This is a fairly small adjustment, though, and with ±5EV to play with it never becomes an issue. Being able to link the spot metering to the AF point is a handy addition for portraits and saves the constant recomposing that would otherwise be required.

Image: A backlit leaf provides a tricky subject to meter, although the  spot metering does a great job 

  • 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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