- Editor's Rating
- Excellent image quality
- Full feature set
- Dual SD card slots
- Good performance, especially given its 24 megapixel sensor
- Trickle down features from the D800, e.g., advanced video options
- Slow AF in Live View
- Smaller AF coverage (compared to D800)
- Dual SD card slots vs. CF/SD
- Wi-Fi and GPS require optional accessories (vs. the Canon 6D)
Quick TakeIf you're interested in full-frame shooting the D600 is an excellent camera. It delivers on all counts: image quality, feature set and performance.
Nikon was the first out of the gate with a mid-priced full-frame camera – the 24 megapixel D600.
Granted, at $2,100, the D600 isn\’t inexpensive, but it puts full-frame shooting within the reach of a broader group of photographers than ever before.
Wrapped around a new 24 megapixel FX CMOS sensor, the Nikon D600 merges features, functionality and usability from its siblings, most notably the D7000 and the higher-end Nikon D800, including the latter\’s video options such as uncompressed output via HDMI, a headphone jack and manual audio level adjustments. Its 24 megapixel sensor seems to be a good compromise between the 16 megapixel D7000 and the 36 megapixel D800 and certainly a nice step up from the Nikon D3s\’ 12 megapixel sensor.
The Nikon D600\’s release (along with that of the Canon 6D) has made full-frame shooting available to a broader market than ever before. This is particularly important for Nikon users since photographers with DX cameras don\’t have to buy new lenses when stepping up to the D600.
Additionally, the D600 offers a 24 megapixel sensor, a full complement of features that almost rival those of the more expensive D800 and performance that will meet the needs of most photographers. Sports shooters and others who need super-fast continuous shooting will, of course, favor the D4 or the Canon 1DX but even so, the D600 has all the markings of a capable but more compact back-up camera.
If you\’re interested in full-frame shooting and don\’t have the budget — or the need — for the D800 or the D4, the D600 is an excellent alternative, according to the experts at DigitalCameraReview. This camera delivers on all counts: image quality, feature set and performance.