Nikon D600 review

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NIKON D600 BATTERY

Li-Ion EN-EL15 battery life depends mainly on your usage habits. With a lot of chimping or live-view use, it can be drained after 500 shots. On the other side, when I left D600 to shoot time-lapse, it took almost 1200 shots to deplete the battery. I think it’s safe to say the battery will last around 600-700 shots of mixed use. It takes around 2-3 hours to recharge.

MEMORY

Pictures and videos are recorded on two SD cards. They can be uses in overflow or backup configuration, second one being very important to any wedding photographer. If one cards breaks down, everything is still backed up on the second one. Also, you can record different file format to each card, e.g. JPEG on card1 and RAW on card 2.

NIKON D600 AUTOFOCUS

Autofocus system has 39 points (9 cross type), but they are too close to each other and cover only small central part of the frame. Similar focus system is used in D7000 and D5200 where it covers a wider area due to smaller sensor size. This could be useful for some applications like focus tracking, but is a downside for any shooting scenario involving portraits or when a subject is located in rule of thirds intersections. There is no way around it except to focus and recompose, or use contrast focus in live-view which allows focusing to any part of the frame. D600 has body-integrated AF motor for older Nikon lenses.

SHOOTING SPEED

Maximum shooting rate is 5.5 shots per second. Buffer is large enough for around 11 14-bit RAW files, and around 13 JPEG files. If you use smallest possible JPEG file size and only 6MP resolution, buffer has enough space for 31 image.

NIKON D600 DUST PROBLEM

Yes, D600 I got for review also had dust problem. There is a lot of discussion on the internet regarding the cause of the problem… but who cares? Dust is a feature on this camera and you better learn to live with it… or buy a Canon. :) Dust gathers on the left side of the frame, and in my case it is visible from F/8 onwards.

Sample on the left is taken at F/27 just to demonstrate the amount of dust (this sensor hasn’t been cleaned in a while). Basically, you will have to clean dust on your D600 every 1500-2000 shots, at least while it’s new. D600 users reported the dust accretion rate diminishes with time… more dust gathers when the camera is new.

CONCLUSION 

Like I said at the beginning – what’s not to like about D600? Sure, there are some annoying details like dust on sensor or bad focus point layout, but image quality has never been cheaper. With this camera, Nikon made full-frame accessible to mortals and I am sure it will become a classic.

PRO

  • Sensor and image quality
  • Build quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Price/IQ ratio
  • Weather sealing
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Built-in flash + flash commander mode

CON

  • Dust issue
  • No tilt-LCD
  • Cramped focus points

NIKON D600 PHOTO SAMPLES

 

 

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