Nikon D600 was launched last week and will be available for retail on 18th September 2012. For the price of $3,249(body), it currently is one of the affordable full-frame DSLR camera available for enthusiasts looking to upgrade from APS-C or lower crop camera. It is one of the lightest full-frame DSLR camera at 760g and measuring 141mm by 113mm by 82mm (width, height and depth respectively).
One of the advantages of using the Nikon system is that, there are no distinct separation between lenses meant for full-frame (FX lens) and APS-S (DX lens). This is because the sensor for Nikon D600, will detect whether an FX or DX lens is fixed into the camera and will automatically present a cropped APS-C view if DX lens is detected. Conversely. even if a 2x teleconverter is used, automatic focussing (AF) is still operable at the narrow aperture of F8.
A teleconverter (sometimes called tele extender) is a secondary lens which is mounted between the camera and a photographic lens. Its job is to enlarge the central part of an image obtained by the objective lens. For example, a 2× teleconverter for a 35 mm camera enlarges the central 12×18 mm part of an image to the size of 24×36 mm in the standard 35 mm film format. Teleconverters are typically made in 1.4×, 1.7×, 2× and 3× models, of which 1.4× and 2× are most common. The use of a 2× teleconverter gives the effect of using a lens with twice the focal length. It also decreases the intensity of the light reaching the film by a factor of 4 (an equivalent of doubling the focal ratio) as well as the resolution (by a factor of 2). source: wikipedia
Like Nikon D4, D800 and D800E, the D600 features the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into it and can capture images at the maximum resolution of 24.3megapixels, while the optical viewfinder gives a 100% frame coverage and having a magnesium-alloy weather-sealed protecting against dust and water. It is able to capture consecutive photos at 5.5fps.
- an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
- Full-frame mode: 24.3 megapixels
- DX-format crop mode: 10.5 megapixels
- a magnesium-alloy weather-sealed body for dust and water-resistance
- 3-D axis tracking with 39 focus points
- built-in automatic HDR capturing/processing
- time-lapse video function
- dual SD memory card slots
- ISO range from 100-6,400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 25,600 (Hi-2)
Check out the Press Release below for more information.
TOKYO, 13 SEPTEMBER 2012 – Nikon Corporation today announced the all new D600, a Digital-SLR camera equipped with a 24.3-megapixel Nikon FX-format (full-frame) sensor engineered to deliver professional-grade images that are incredible in detail, tonality and dynamic range.
Equipped with the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into high-end Nikon DSLR cameras (D4, D800 and D800E) but packed into a smaller and lighter body, the D600 represents an extremely attractive and revolutionary proposition to professionals, photography enthusiasts and entry-level DSLR camera users upgrading to shooting full-frame images and HD video in a more portable and user-friendly experience.
“The Nikon D600 bridges the gap for professionals and aspiring photographers who demand incredible image quality but were previously hesitant about investing into a full- frame camera,” said Masanobu Tsunoda, managing director of Nikon Singapore. “It creates a new market category as an approachable and affordable FX-format digital SLR camera that will empower and excite a broad range of users to shoot even better pictures and video.”
The D600 joins Nikon’s authoritative line of FX-format DSLR cameras as its lightest and most compact full-frame digital camera offered, weighing at approximately 760g and measuring 141mm by 113mm by 82mm (width, height and depth respectively). It also ￼boasts an impressive feature set that consists of an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage, a magnesium-alloy weather-sealed body offering the same dust and water- resistance as the D800 and D800E, 3D-axis tracking with 39 focus points, high-speed continuous shooting at 5.5fps, built-in automatic HDR capturing and processing, a time- lapse video function, dual SD memory card slots, and full HD video recording up to 1080/30p utilising the camera’s entire 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor.
“The ability to resolve extremely fine details and yet achieve smooth tones in images, is testament to the Nikon D600 as a technical masterpiece,” said Luke Tan, Senior Executive, Business Support Department of Nikon Singapore. “And yet, it is a camera that feels as easy and simple to use as your first DSLR. The time has finally come for everyone to experience shooting in the full-frame format.”
Exceptional Image and Video Quality
The Nikon D600‘s new 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor is capable of capturing exceptional detail across a wide dynamic range. For shooting with minimal noise in a variety of lighting conditions, the D800 features a wide native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1) and 25,600 (Hi-2).
Photographers can also use NIKKOR lenses equipped with Nikon’s advanced optical technologies to maximise the performance of the D600’s FX-format CMOS sensor, offering clear and sharp images with the finest details.
Full-frame digital SLR cameras excel over other digital cameras equipped with smaller sensors, especially in challenging low-light conditions and where the wider angle of view is critical for shooting scenarios such as landscape and architectural photography. The D600 takes these advantages further with Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine which is capable of processing massive amounts of data, exacting optimal colour, rich tonality and minimising noise for both images and HD video.
The Multi-CAM 4800FX AF-sensor module of the Nikon D600 utilises 39 focus points, and the system also places an emphasis on the human face, working in conjunction with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also offers seven cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (2.0x) with an aperture value up to f/8, which is a great advantage to those who need extreme telephoto focal lengths.
The Nikon D600 also features a precise Scene Recognition System that analyses detailed scene brightness and colour information acquired from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, and applies that information to autofocus, automatic exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and white balance control, all to achieve detailed and balanced images.
For storage, the Nikon D600 has dual card slots for SD cards, and offers users the ability to record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation, and the additional option of shooting stills to one and video to the other.
Cinematic HD Video
When it comes to recording HD video, users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including full HD 1080 at 30/24p utilising the Nikon D600‘s entire full-frame sensor, and HD 720 at 60/30p.
By utilising the B-Frame data compression method, users ￼can record H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format video with optimal size and quality for up to 29:59 minutes per clip (normal quality).
The Nikon D600 also enables users to use both compatible FX and DX lenses to shoot HD movies. The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on background-blur characteristics while the DX- based movie format is optimal for recording movies and bringing subjects closer (1.5X) when lenses with short focal lengths are used.
For professional and broadcast applications that call for outboard digital recorders or external monitors, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera via the HDMI port.
The Nikon D600 is also equipped with an audio monitor port for headphones to be used.
Users are also able to easily compose and check critical HD focus through the wide-angle viewing 921,000-dot, 3.2-inch LCD monitor equipped with a sensor that, automatically detects the amount of ambient lighting and adjusts the monitor brightness accordingly.
Dual SD memory card slots (SDXC, UHS-I4 compliant) enable smoother still-image and movie recording.
Familiar and User-friendly
Users who frequently utilise scene and program modes will find the D600 familiar ground. Essential settings and functions have dedicated buttons on the camera’s body for easy access, such as video recording, Live View Mode switching between still image and video, White Balance, Metering and ISO.
A locking mechanism on the mode dial prevents accidental adjustment of the shooting mode and camera operation has also been improved by positioning the mode dial on top of the shutter-release mode dial.
By using the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately), you can easily transfer your high-quality photos from your digital SLR to a smartphone device5. The smart device can also be used to control camera shooting as a remote with a live view display and touch auto-focus. Images captured with the D600 can be transferred to a smartphone over a wireless network connection6 . The WU-1b immediately transfers photos and also allows you to upload them to blogs and social networks to share with friends and family.
|Sensor||FX-format CMOS (full-frame)|
|Image processing engine||EXPEED 3|
|ISO||100-6,400 (Expanded: 50-25,600)|
|Burst mode||5.5 fps|
|LCD||3.2″, 920k dots, TFT colour|
|Movie||Full HD 1080
|Size /mm||141 x 113 x 82|