Nikon D600 Full Frame 24MP DSLR for $2,100/€2100 unveiled

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Nikon D600
The Nikon D600 : a prosumer Full Frame DSLR

Rumors often come true in our digital fast pace environment. The iPhone 5 turned to be exactly what we expected. So is the Nikon D600 launched today by Nikon. The D600 will be THE ONLY new camera announced by Nikon at the Photokina 2012. As expected, the D600 gets Sony’s full frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor (as the Sony SLT-A99 and Cyber-shot DSC-RX1), that will range between ISO 100 and ISO 6,400 only. But this will be expandable to ISO 25 and 50, ISO 12,800 and 25,600. The sensor’s signal is sampled at 14-bit for fine ton gradations and the image is processed at 16-bit by the new EXPEED 3 DSP, the same as the pro digital SLRs. The Nikon D600 is an FX camera and will therefore accept all Nikkor 35mm lenses but also the DX lenses developped for APS-C DSLRs with a crop ratio of 1.5x. The D600 receives a 39-points autofocus system, the Multi-CAM4800 that has been improved for low-light conditions and should be able to work fine even ynder very dim light, till -1EV.  It offers both flexible Zone AF and 3D subject tracking. The exposure metering is dealt by the RVB scene recognition sensor of 2,016 pixels. The camera’s frame rate reaches 5.5 fps and as a prosumer camera body, the Nikon D600 has a dual SD card slot that can accept SD/SDHC/SDXC and standard UHS-I memory cards for fast writting and reading times. The D600 does not get any CompactFlash card slot. I won’t cry for that. I love the SD better now and it is fully relevant with the “Full Frame D7000” position of the D600 on the market. Yes, the D600 can really be seen as a 35mm sensor D7000. The UI is very near the D7000’s ergonomics, the square viewfinder windows (with 100% image coverage with FX lenses !) reminds me of a D7000 while the d800 gets a rounded one like the D4… small touches here and there that will speak more to some catégories of photographers.

Nikon D600
The Nikon D600 : a prosumer Full Frame DSLR

 

Gifted with a powerful video mode, the Nikon D600 inherits of the D4/D800 Full HD at 30p, 25p and 24p (plus a 720p at 60 fps usefull for slow motion softwares) and the high quality uncompressed HDMI video recording that lets videographers record the video flow through an external HDMI recorder. And while recording video, you may choose to film in FX format or in DX 1.5x croped format if you would need extra zoom and to get into the scene.

Relatively compact for a full frame camera, the D600 has some parts made of magnesium alloy and is still pretty tough, weather-sealed, as the D800 says Nikon. The camera is powered by the EN-EL15 battery and has a battery life of 900 shots.

 

Nikon D600 DSLR
The 3.2″ / 921,000 dots rear LCD and 100% coverage optical viewfinder ! yes ! Oddly, when using DX lenses, the viewfinder coverage falls to 97%.

Nikon D600 price and availability

Aside from these specs, the Nikon D600 gets the latest advanced modes and features like HDR mode, active D-lighting, 19 scene modes, is compatible with the WU-1a Wi-Fi module and will be available very soon, on Sept. 1!th say Nikon, right the day the Photokina 2012 opens its door to the public. The Nikon D600 will be sold $2099 / €2,099 / £1,955 body only and Nikon will have it sold as a bundle with the AF-S 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G VR lens for $2,699 / €2,599.

 

Nikon D600 review

I know a D600 camera body is sent to me today for testing. I’ll post images and ISO comparison with the D800 as soon as I can, probably tomorrow evening (I shall receive the camera tomorrow morning). If you want to me check and review some specific things on the D600, just let me know on my Facebook Page.

 

Nikon D600 camera
The D600’s UI borrows a lot to the D7000 ergonomics.

 

Nikon D600 full technical specifications

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective pixels 24.3 million
Image sensor 35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels 24.7 million
Dust-reduction System Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optionalCapture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels) FX (36 x 24) image area :
6,016
x 4,016 (L) 4,512 x 3,008 (M) 3,008 x 2,008 (S)
DX (24
x 16) image area :
3,936
x 2,624 (L) 2,944 x 1,968 (M) 1,968 x 1,312 (S)
FX-format photographs taken in movie live view
:
6,016
x 3,376 (L) 4,512 x 2,528 (M) 3,008 x 1,688 (S)
DX-format photographs in movie live view
:
3,936
x 2,224 (L) 2,944 x 1,664 (M) 1,968 x 1,112 (S)
File format NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx.1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimalquality compression available
NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and
JPEG formats
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selectedPicture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Double slot Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storageof copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied betweencards.
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print OrderFormat), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
DX (24
x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 21 mm (-1.0m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 – +1 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets(framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down tovalue selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (somerestrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (A and M modesonly). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not beused.
The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a
maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supportsthe center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture off/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have amaximum aperture of f/6.8 or faster)
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control), X200
Flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower (flash range dropsat speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 s)
Release mode Single frame,continuous low speed (CL), continuous high speed (CH), quiet shutter-release, self-timer, remote control, mirrorup
Frame advance rate 1-5 fps (CL) or 5.5 fps (CH)
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Remote release modes Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up
Metering TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrixmetering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available withnon-CPU lenses if user provides lens data
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame.
Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting canbe based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circleor average of entire frame)
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected
focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV
Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU and AI
Mode Auto (auto; auto (flash off)); scene (portrait; landscape; child; sports;close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset;dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food;silhouette; high key; low key); programmed auto with flexible program(P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); U1 (usersettings 1); U2 (user settings 2)
Exposure compensation -5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing 2-3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Flash bracketing 2-3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
White balancebracketing 2-3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
ADL bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using presetvalues for all frames
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); autoAF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activatedautomatically according to subject status
Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF; 9-, 21-, or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking,auto-area AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (singleservoAF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait: Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M
, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is available withbuilt-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTLbalanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weightedmetering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync withred-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync withred-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off;Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash compensation -3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashesafter flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910,SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 asremotes, or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as masterflash in commander mode; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modelingillumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units exceptSB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supportedwith all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2500 K-10000 K), all with fine-tuning
Modes Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus pointautomatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1,920 x 1,080; 30 p (progressive), 25 p, 24 p
1,280
x 720; 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p
Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97,
25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normalimage quality
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Other options Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with approx. 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback withplayback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows,histogram display, highlights, photo information, GPS data display, andauto image rotation
USB Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately)
GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch,English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian,Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal andBrazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D14 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeableNikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithiumbatteries
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in.)
Weight Approx. 850 g (1 lb 14.0 oz) with battery and memory card but withoutbody cap; approx. 760 g (1 lb 10.8 oz; camera body only)
Temperature 0-40 °C (+32 – 104 °F)
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-25 battery charger, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-21 rubber eyecup, BM-14 monitor cover, BF-1B body cap, DK-5 eyepiece cap, AN-DC8 strap, UC-E15 USB cable, ViewNX 2 CD
note Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20 °C (68 °F).

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