Nikon D600 Announced

Nikon's new full frame D600 falls between the D7000 and D800

By Michael Zeigler

 

 
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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 D600

Nikon's new full-frame D600

 

 

Comparison Chart for the Nikon D600

  Nikon D600 Nikon D800 Nikon D7000
Megapixels 24.3 36 16.2
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
Cost $2,100 $2,999 $1,000
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
Viewfinder magnification .70x .70x .72x
Video limit 30 minutes 30 minutes 20 mins
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100% 100%
Size Small Medium Small
Build quality Great Great Great

 

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

 

Further Reading

Nikon D800 specs and comparison

Nikon D800 and the Ikelite housing

Nikon D800 underwater photos

 


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