Nikon was the first out of the gate with a mid-priced full-frame camera – the 24 megapixel D600. Targeting advanced amateurs, enthusiasts and pros who want a smaller, lighter second or third camera body, the D600 brings with it a good mix of features and a price tag that won’t break the bank. Granted, at $2,100, the D600 isn’t inexpensive but it puts full-frame shooting within the reach of a broader group of photographers than ever before. Wrapped around a new 24 megapixel FX CMOS sensor, the Nikon D600 merges features, functionality and usability from its siblings, most notably the D7000 and the higher-end D800, including the latter’s video options such as uncompressed output via HDMI, a headphone jack and manual audio level adjustments. Its 24 megapixel sensor seems to be a good compromise between the 16 megapixel D7000 and the 36 megapixel D800 and certainly a nice step up from my Nikon D3s’ 12 megapixel sensor. The Nikon D600’s release (along with that of the Canon 6D) has made full-frame shooting available to a broader market than ever before. This is particularly important for Nikon users since photographers with DX cameras don’t have to buy new lenses when stepping up to the D600. Additionally, the D600 offers a 24 megapixel sensor, a full complement of features that almost rival those of the more expensive D800 and performance that will meet the needs of most photographers. Sports shooters and others who need super-fast continuous shooting will, of course, favor the D4 or the Canon 1DX but even so, the D600 has all the markings of a capable but more compact back-up camera.
- Excellent image quality
- Full feature set
- Dual SD card slots
- Good performance, especially given its 24 megapixel sensor
- Trickle down features from the D800, e.g., advanced video options
- Slow AF in Live View
- Smaller AF coverage (compared to D800)
- Dual SD card slots vs. CF/SD
- Wi-Fi and
GPSrequire optional accessories (vs. the Canon 6D)
If you're interested in full-frame shooting the D600 is an excellent camera. It delivers on all counts: image quality, feature set and performance.
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