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...

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The autofocus is one of the factors that sets the D600 apart from the D800, and after the D800’s 51-point system, the 39-point arrangement of the D600 cannot help but feel slightly disappointing. In context, though, it isn’t. For example, Canon’s latest full-frame model will only feature an 11-point AF. The D600’s Multi-CAM 4800 system includes nine cross-type sensors and seven points that work at f/8, making them effective for those photographers working with 2x teleconverter lenses on f/4 optics. In practice, the AF is fast and accurate, and the focus-tracking system works extremely well. The focus mode, as on the D7000, is changed via a neat button press on the auto/manual lever, which then shows in the viewfinder, allowing you to keep your eye on the subject. The only thing it lacks here is the level of fine-tuning that is seen on more advanced systems. Had the D600 featured a more advanced AF system, the camera could have perhaps appealed to more of an action-focused audience, as the D4 does. For general shooting, though, this is more than capable.

  1. 1. Nikon D600 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. HD video
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  6. 6. White balance and colour
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Autofocus
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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