Nikon D600 review

We check-out Nikon's latest full-frame SLR

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Anyone who's handled a Nikon D7000 will feel at home picking up Nikon's latest full-frame camera. The Nikon D600 is deliberately designed to be as user-friendly as the Nikon D7000, and shares an almost identical interface.

In the hand, there's little to separate the two cameras, with the Nikon D600 being just 9mm wider, 8mm taller and 5mm deeper. The extra 10 per cent weight difference is barely noticeable, making the Nikon D600 a very comfortable DSLR to carry.

Nikon D600 review

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Thankfully this light weight doesn't come at the expense of reduced build quality. The camera feels as rugged as the Nikon D800 with its part-magnesium construction, and is weather sealed to the same degree against moisture and dust. Casing materials are up to Nikon's usual high standard, with tactile rubberised inserts aiding grip levels.

Shrinking a full-frame body to this extent while cramming in so many controls can have a knock-on effect on ergonomics, but the Nikon D600 remains a comfortable camera to shoot with. Both front and thumb grips are large enough for those with bigger hands, and all major buttons fall within easy reach.

Nikon D600 review

Dominating the Nikon D600's rear panel is the same 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen that appeared in the Nikon D800. It features the same automatic brightness adjustment and excellent viewing angles, making for a reliably accurate monitor when reviewing in the field.

Left of the LCD screen is the main menu button and controls for adjusting white balance, image quality and sensitivity (ISO), with each button having an alternate function when reviewing images.

Nikon D600 review

The Nikon D600 also contains a fifth button in this area for quick switching between Picture Control colour saturation presets.

To the right of the LCD screen sits a standard four-way control pad for navigating the menu system. It's easy enough to use, but is slightly on the small side, and Canon users may miss the fluidity of a rear control dial.

Nikon D600 review

Below the navigation pad is a switch for choosing between still or video capture, which surrounds the Live View selector button.

Atop the Nikon D600's body is a mode dial layout straight from the Nikon D7000, though now with a central locking button.

Nikon D600 review

This means you get two customisable shooting preset modes to rival Canon's custom settings on the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III. Beneath the main mode dial is a secondary ring for selecting shutter release options such as single, continuous or remote shooting.

The Nikon D600 is equipped with a good array of output sockets, including headphone and external microphone ports, plus the usual USB and HDMI connectors. There's also a dedicated accessory socket for connecting a wireless adaptor, remote shutter release or GPS module.

Nikon D600 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution24.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.5x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityDust Resistant, Water Resistant
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Noise Reduction, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)760 g
Image Sensor Size35.90 mm x 24 mm
Maximum Image Resolution6016 x 4016
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height113 mm
Width141 mm
Depth82 mm
Focal Length24 mm to 85 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD600
Product NameD600 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
  • Programmed AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA340K001
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Take your photography to another level with the D600

From true wide-angle to super-telephoto, the 24.3-megapixel FX-format sensor delivers incredibly detailed images across the camera's broad ISO range.

The autofocus system is as sensitive as Nikon's flagship D4 D-SLR, offering precise subject acquisition down to -1 EV and compatibility with lenses up to f/8 combined open aperture. If video is your medium, Multi-area Full HD D-Movie offers all the flexibility you need for broadcast quality footage.

Weather-sealed to the same degree as the professional Nikon D800 and surprisingly lightweight, the D600 is the perfect way to capture the full perspective.

Package Contents
  • D600 Digital SLR Camera
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (with terminal cover)
  • MH-25 Battery Charger
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
  • BM-14 Monitor Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • AN-DC8 Strap
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • Software CD