Nikon D600 – affordable full frame

Those of you who regularly follow rumor blogs knew all about this camera days ago… Nikon did a bad job at keeping its latest camera a secret. Now it’s finally official – the affordable full frame D600 is announced. It sports 24 megapixel sensor inside a body very similar to that of D7000. Starting retail price is $ 2100 for body only and $ 2700 for 24-58 f3.5-4.5 VR kit lens bundle.

UPDATE: I have now published my own D600 review, read it here.

Full frame seems to have become a sort of Holy Grail for many photographers; regardless if they really need it or not. It does have its advantages like shallow DOF and excellent high ISO performance over crop sensors but also brings a lot of downsides: initial body price, need for high quality glass (again expensive), and what most people are not aware of – to shallow DOF in some cases. Nevertheless, it seems manufacturers finally realized there’s money to be earned on this full frame hype, so here is the latest offering from Nikon.

You can view this camera as a D7000 with larger sensor or as a D800 with fewer features and in both ways you’ll be right. It can be interesting for two types of users – amateurs looking for a full frame upgrade or professionals looking for a smaller backup camera. It is not as cheap as some rumor predicted, but the inital $ 2100 price might come down i a few months.

I believe Canon will not stay dormant for long; they might release their own cheap FF body within months. In any case, more choice on the market is better for us consumers.

Main specifications:

  • 24 megapixel full frame sensor (6016 x 4016)
  • 14-bit RAW files
  • ISO 100 – 6400 (50 – 25,600 extended)
  • Shutter speed of 30s – 1/4000s
  • 5.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 39 point AF system (9 cross-type points)
  • Built-in AF motor for older lenses
  • 3.2 inch LCD display, 921,000 dots
  • 100 % OVF coverage
  • Pop-up flash + hot-shoe
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, 1280 x 720 @ 60p video recording
  • Double SDHC card slots
  • Uncompressed HDMI video output
  • EN-EL15 battery pack; around 900 shots battery life
  • Optional battery grip
  • 760g, 141 x 113 x 82 mm

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