Nikon D600

Released September, 2012
New: D610 (Oct, 2013)
  • 24.2 MP
  • Full frame 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
Frame rates are consistent regardless of image quality or crop mode.
by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
9.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D600

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D600
10.0
Nikon D750
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D600
8.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D600
10.0
Nikon D750
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D600
9.3
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

9.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D600
9.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D600

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
EOS 600D
793 ISO
D7100
1,256 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D600
2,900 LPH
Nikon D750
2,200 LPH
EOS 600D
2,500 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
260 ms
Nikon D800
209 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D600
54 ms
EOS 600D
87 ms
Nikon D800
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D600
300 ms
Sony A7
1,700 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
5.5 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps
Nikon D800
4 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D600


8.7
As we've come to expect from high-end Nikon DSLRs, the D600's core photographic features are found on or close to the surface of the UI in the form of dedicated control points.

9.0
The Nikon D600 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

9.0
These images are stored as movies that be played back at speeds of between 24 and 36,000 times faster, making the feature especially useful for the creation of time-lapse movies.

9.0
Images shot up to ISO 1600 are largely noise-free, with even ISO 3200 producing minimal artefacts.

8.3
On the right shoulder sit the status LCD, dedicated metering and exposure compensation buttons, the power switch circumscribing the shutter button, and a tiny video record button.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

Metering is handled by a 2016-pixel RGB sensor that works with the sensor to feed information to the camera’s Scene Recognition System.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
Once more raw developers add support for the Nikon D600's NEFs we'll be able to see if there's even more highlight headroom in the raw files, but what we are seeing here is pretty astounding as it is.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
One exception is the processing of raw+JPEG shots, which occasionally held me up on reviewing images right after shooting.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Lens

This makes it easy to vary the field-of-view for grabbing footage, even if you've got a prime lens mounted.
by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Unlike Nikon's higher-end DSLRs though, the D600 does not offer live aperture control during live view viewing.
by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/6.8 or faster).
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)

Focus

Similarly, Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lenses are excellent performers, while still being reasonably affordable.
by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Cycling among the 39 AF-area points can be done easily and quickly by 'feel' with the camera held to your eye in the shooting position.
by DPReview (Nov, 2012)
Being picky, we’d have to say that the 39 AF points are grouped a little too closely in the centre of the frame, which requires you to focus and recompose in some situations.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Image quality

Overall image quality is very impressive indeed.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
Colours are vibrant without being over-saturated.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)
The Nikon D600 also contains a fifth button in this area for quick switching between Picture Control colour saturation presets.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2012)

Autofocus

On the Nikon D600, Live View auto focus is actually quite fast for a traditional dSLR camera and certainly faster than any other Nikon - apparently the new sensor has better read-out speeds which always helps with contrast-detect auto focus.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2012)
In addition to continuous-servo AF-C mode you’ll find a range of sophisticated AF tracking options at your disposal along with a single-point AF mode that lets you select an individual AF point via the D-pad.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)
The D600’s Multi-CAM4800 AF module is a very capable system that delivers a high level of performance.
by TrustedReviews (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4016
Size Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x
Pixel size 35.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. NEF 14bit
  2. TIFF
  3. NEF
  4. JPEG
  5. NEF 12bit
  6. RAW
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,900 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,900 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 39
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 141 x 113 x 82 mm
Thickness 82 mm
Weight 850 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3.2"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.7x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps
Battery life 900 photos
Continuous shooting 5.5 fps
Focus lag 260 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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