Nikon D600

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Nikon D600
Nikon D600 Front View.jpg
Type Digital single-lens reflex
Image sensor type CMOS
Image sensor size 35.9 x 24mm Full Frame FX format, 5.95µm pixel size
Recording medium Dual SD, SDHC, SDXC. Also UHS-I and Eye-Fi (WLAN)
Maximum resolution 6016 × 4016 (24.3 effective megapixels)
Lens mount Nikon F-mount
Flash Manual pop-up; guide number 12/39 at ISO 100 (m/ft)
Frame rate 5.5 fps
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Exposure metering TTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 2,016 pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes Matrix metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering
Focus areas 39-point AF/11-point AF
Focus modes Instant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Viewfinder Optical pentaprism, 100% coverage
ASA/ISO range 100–6400;, extended mode to 50–12800, HI2 mode 25600
Flash bracketing -3 to +3 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Rear LCD monitor 3.2 inch (921,600 dots)
Dimensions 141 x 113 x 82 mm
Weight 760 g (27 oz), body only
List price US$ 2099 (body only); US$ 2699 (with 24–85mm kit lens)
Made in Thailand

The Nikon D600 is a 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame[1] digital single-lens reflex camera from Nikon targeted for professionals[2] to enthusiasts.[3] The Nikon D600 was given a Gold Award by Digital Photography Review.[4] It was announced on September 13, 2012 and began shipping on September 18, 2012; at introduction, its suggested retail price in the U.S. was $2099 (UK £1,955) for the body only and $2699 (UK £2,450) with a 24–85mm kit lens.[5]

According to Nikon the D600 uses the same Expeed 3 as used for the D4 and D800 series, with the same 12-channel sensor interface,[6][7] featuring a very wide dynamic range which provides the possibility of lightening shadows or darkening overlit areas (high dynamic range imaging, HDR) with one shot when shooting in Raw image format.[8]

Features[edit]

  • 24.3 million effective pixel full-frame (35.9mm × 24mm) sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor.
  • ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
  • Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors)
  • Single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF modes or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject
  • Image formats: NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available. Also NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
  • Full HD movie mode 1,920 x 1,080 (progressive, 1080p) @ 30p(29.97fps)/25p(25fps)/24p(23.976fps), 1,280 x 720 @ 60p(59.94fps)/50p/30p/25p. File format: MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Expeed video processor. Audio format: Linear PCM. Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable. HDMI HD video out with support of uncompressed video. Maximum film length of approx. 29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
  • Inbuilt time-lapse photography intervalometer
  • U1 and U2 user programmable modes to recall custom camera settings
  • Dual memory card slots, Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
  • Compatible with SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Eye-Fi WLAN compatible
  • 100% viewfinder coverage in FX, 97% viewfinder coverage in DX mode
  • 5.5fps in CH (continuous high speed), approx. 1 to 5 fps (CL (continuous low speed)
  • Built-in High dynamic range imaging (HDR) mode
  • Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
  • Start up to shoot ready in 0.13 seconds
  • 0.052 second shutter release[9]
  • Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body
  • GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1

Reception[edit]

DxOMark reviewed the D600 sensor image quality[8] and assigned it an overall score of 94, the third highest rated camera sensor in its camera sensor database, behind the D800 and its sibling, the Nikon D800E.

According to Digital Photography Review, its build quality and user interface are between the D7000 and the high-end full-frame D800. It includes almost all of the video capabilities of the D800, except that the D600 body cannot adjust aperture during video recording.[5]

Service advisories and release of successor[edit]

Following complaints of dust accumulation on the D600's sensor,[10] in late November 2012, a user created a timelapse video as evidence that was then widely reported in photography-related publications.[11][12][13] Three months later, Nikon responded with a service advisory that referred to "the natural accumulation of dust", and advised users to perform "manual cleaning using a blower bulb" before contacting a service center.[14]

On October 8, 2013, the Nikon D610 was announced,[15] a direct successor of the D600, and the D600 was shortly thereafter noted as having been discontinued.[16] The D610 has been described as "a very minor refresh", but does include a new shutter unit.[17] It was speculated that the D610 was released solely to address the oil and dust issues of the D600.[18][19][20]

In January 2014, Nikon Rumors reported that some users were receiving D610 units back in response to sending their D600 units in for repair,[21] and Nikon responded by stating this was done on a case-by-case basis.[22] On February 26, Nikon issued another service advisory according to which they will perform full inspection, cleaning, and replacement of the shutter unit for all D600 units sent in, regardless of warranty status, and free of charge.[23] On March 18, the Chinese government ordered Nikon to stop selling the D600, forcing Nikon to recall all remaining units from dealers.[24] Ten days later, Nikon published a third advisory noting that "Nikon will replace [...] with a new D600 or an equivalent model" any cameras "upon which the above service has been performed several times" "if a number of multiple (sic) granular black spots are still noticeable".[25] On June 30, it was revealed Nikon had allocated 1.8 billion Yen (17.6 million USD) for the cost of these repairs and replacements over the past financial year.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google Image: Nikon D600 sample, review and user images, >20MPix JPEG or Raw (NEF)
  2. ^ Hands on: Nikon D600 review Techradar
  3. ^ "Nikon unwraps its D600 budget full-frame camera". CNET. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Review at DPReview
  5. ^ a b Britton, Barnaby (September 13, 2012). "Nikon D600 Preview". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ D600 image quality: Image-processing engine EXPEED 3 Nikon.com
  7. ^ Nikon Hacker: Camera Matrix
  8. ^ a b "Nikon D600 sets high bar for sensor image quality". Dxomark. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Nikon D600 Announced". NewCamera. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/10/d600-sensor-dust-issues
  11. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9607796703/nikon-d600-dust-timelapse
  12. ^ https://fstoppers.com/video/time-lapse-dust-accumulating-nikon-d600-sensor-4370
  13. ^ http://petapixel.com/2012/11/21/a-time-lapse-showing-how-quickly-dust-accumulates-on-nikon-d600-sensors/
  14. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5236803625/nikon-issues-service-advisory-for-d600
  15. ^ "Concentrate on the Clarity: The New Nikon D610 FX-Format D-SLR Places Emphasis on the Image Making Experience" (Press release). Nikon Inc. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://nikonrumors.com/2013/10/25/nikon-d600-marked-as-discontinued.aspx/
  17. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9955286769/nikon-launches-d610-full-frame-dslr-with-updated-shutter-mechanism
  18. ^ http://petapixel.com/2013/08/30/rumor-nikon-prepping-release-two-new-cameras-d5300-d610/
  19. ^ http://nikonrumors.com/2013/08/29/rumor-nikon-preparing-to-announce-new-d5300-and-d610-dslr-cameras.aspx/
  20. ^ http://nofilmschool.com/2013/10/nikon-d610-officially-announced/
  21. ^ http://nikonrumors.com/2014/01/27/nikon-is-replacing-some-d600-cameras-with-new-d610-models.aspx/
  22. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8019442432/nikon-issues-statement-on-rumored-d600-d610-swap-outs
  23. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6670294313/nikon-to-offer-d600-shutter-replacement-to-address-dust-issue
  24. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9986488336/chinese-government-orders-nikon-to-stop-selling-d600
  25. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6523861431/nikon-to-offer-d600-replacements-if-spots-continue
  26. ^ http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1638365565/nikon-sets-aside-1-8-billion-yen-to-cover-d600-warranty-repairs

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