Nikon D600 review

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

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The Nikon D600 is a terrific camera. To produce a full-frame sensor with comparable image quality to the likes of the Nikon D4, Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III is no mean feat in itself; but to house it in a body that's almost as small and light as a cropped-sensor DSLR is barely believable.

It certainly fulfils its brief of being an easy to use full-frame DSLR, with a control layout and menu design based on consumer rather than professional cameras. As such it makes for a compelling upgrade for those seeking the benefits of full-frame photography without the complexity or physical bulk usually associated with such cameras.

We liked

It's compactness and light weight make the Nikon D600 a tempting proposition for those wanting a full-frame upgrade, or for professionals downsizing from larger bodies, especially since the Nikon D600's sensor is one of the best currently available and is backed up by excellent autofocus and exposure metering.

We disliked

While it won't hurt your neck, the Nikon D600's £1955.99/$2,099.95 full price is still quite a strain on the pocket. When compared to the current full-frame options it is good value, but remember that the Nikon D7000 now retails for well under half the price and, sensor aside, is a very similar camera.

Its autofocus coverage area is better suited to the cropped-sensor camera from which it's taken than to this full-frame sensor, which is the only real frustration when shooting with the Nikon D600.

Final verdict

The superb sensor, extensive yet accessible features and compactness make the Nikon D600 an exceptionally user-friendly full-frame.

It's a pity the Nikon D600's larger sensor commands such a price premium over the Nikon D7000, but assuming it sees the kind of price reductions that the D800 has undergone, we're in for a treat.

But Nikon won't have this sector to itself for long. Canon's new full-frame EOS 6D will undercut the Nikon D600 on size, weight and price. Let battle commence...

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
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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