Nikon D600 Review

Review posted 03/18/2013

Quick Take

  • Auto shooting mode allows for point-n-shoot ease with amazing results
  • Outstanding image quality through standard ISO range
  • Built-in flash can control external flash units with i-TTL
  • Kit lens features new VR II system for up to 4 stops of correction
  • Large, Bright 3.2-inch LCD
  • Overall good shooting performance
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Several programmable buttons around the camera body
  • Great Price for a Full-Frame camera
  • 1080p Video Capture
  • External Audio Input
  • HDMI Output
  • Camera must be set to live view and video mode to capture videos
  • High Speed Continuous came up short of advertised 5.5fps
  • Face detection struggled, often unable to capture image or face out of focus
  • VR II auto tripod detection did not work for us with still images
Bottom Line
The Nikon D600 is a powerful and very high quality pro-level dSLR with a smaller body and price tag that may appeal to wider range of photographers. It brings professional quality at a more affordable price. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
In late 2012, Nikon announced its latest full frame HD SLR, the Nikon D600. A 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor is paired with a EXPEED 3 image processor that makes the D600 ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds. There's also a 39 point AF (Auto Focus) MultiCAM 4800FX AF Module, which runs even during the 5.5 frames-per-second high speed burst shooting.

Full 1080p HD video is a given -- here at 24p, 25p and 30p -- but there's also an option to shoot 720p at up to 60 frames per second. Still images and video record to dual SD card slots, to improve productivity, and you can even review footage via 3.2-inc LCD display or on an HDTV via the HDMI output, which also allows you to transfer uncompressed HD to a digital recorder; HDMI cable is an optional accessory.

Nikon's Scene Recognition System uses a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor to pick optional shooting settings in any location. And there's even some creative Scene Modes, including HDR, from which to choose.

The D600 includes magnesium alloy top and rear construction with loads of rubber seals to keep out moisture and dirt. The shutter is rated for 150,000 cycles and a full battery charge should get you up to 900 shots.

Nikon D600 Features
  • 24.3 megapixel full frame FX-format CMOS image sensor (35.9 x 24mm)
  • EXPEED 3 image processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 50-25,600)
  • 3.2-inch (921K dots) LCD Display
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording at 30p, 25p, 24p
  • 720p HD Video Recording at 60p, 50p, or 30p
  • Scene Recognition System
  • 2,016 pixel RGB sensor
  • 39 point AF (Auto Focus) MultiCAM 4800FX AF Module
  • Ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds
  • 0.052 second shutter release
  • 5.5 frames per second burst shooting at full resolution and full AF
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • 100% Frame Coverage via Optical Viewfinder
  • Several Scene Modes
  • High-Dyanmic Range (HDR) Mode
  • Headphone jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • HDMI out (can be used for uncompressed video transfer to a digital recorder)
  • Compatible with more than 70 NIKKOR AF and AF-S lenses
  • Magnesium alloy top and rear construction
  • Sealed against dirt and moisture
  • 150,000 cycles Shutter
  • Battery rated for 900 shots
  • Optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter
    • Control the D600 shutter via a Smartphone App
The Nikon D600 is available in two forms. Body-only will set you back $2,099.95 (MSRP), or the D600 kit with an AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR will cost around $2,699.95. Click our Lowest Price button at the top right for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • D600 Camera Body
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 Quick Charger
  • PW-EH30 AC Cable
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • PW-PC10JU Converter Plug
  • BM-14 LCD Monitor Cover
  • DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC8 Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
  • NikonView NX2 CD ROM

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