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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...

Autofocus

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.

  • 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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