Nikon D600 Announced
Nikon's new full frame D600 falls between the D7000 and D800
By Michael Zeigler
Nikon has released another full-frame camera, the Nikon D600, which is similar to both the cropped-senor D7000, and the full-fame D800.
Highlights of the new Nikon D600
- Full-frame, 24 megapixels
- Cost is $2,099
- Slightly larger than the D7000
- 1080p30 full HD video mode with stereo sound recording
- ISO range 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600
- Speed limited to 5.5fps
- 3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
- 10.5 megapixel DX crop mode
Nikon's new full-frame D600
Comparison Chart for the Nikon D600
|Nikon D600||Nikon D800||Nikon D7000|
|Video||1080p30,25, 60 720p 25,50||1080p30, 720p60||1080p24 720p24, 30|
|Shooting Speed||5.5 fps||4 fps, 5fps in crop mode||6fps|
|Memory||2x SD||CF, SD||2x SD|
|Autofocus||39 points||51 points||39 points|
|LCD||3.2 inch||3.2 inch||3 inch|
|ISO Range||up to 25,600||up to 25,600||up to 25,600|
|RAW Buffer Size, 12 bit||22||21||10|
|Video limit||30 minutes||30 minutes||20 mins|
Nikon D600 underwater housings
We're hoping to see Nikon D600 underwater housings from all the major manufacturers - stay tuned for more details! Generally Ikelite, Sea & Sea, Nauticam, Hugyfot and Aquatica are fairly quick to the game.
Update - Ikelite, Nauticam, and Sea & Sea D600 underwater housings are now out!
Nikon D600 vs D800 - which to buy?
If you are going to shoot underwater, and you are considering the D600, I would splurge for the D800. Once you consider the cost of a housing, lenses, trips, etc. - the extra $900 cost for the D800 is not a huge increment.
I like the Nikon D800 better for the following features the D600 does not have:
- Extra megapixels (36 vs 24)
- Compact flash slot
- Extra controls
- All metal body
- Faster shutter speed (1/8000th vs 1/4000th)
- Better auto-focusing (51 points vs 39)
All these features on the D800 are well worth it imho.
On the plus side, the D600 is less expensive, and 15% lighter than the D800. - Scott Gietler
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