The D600 is Nikon’s smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR, filling a gap between Nikon’s pricey FX cameras and its prosumer DX DSLRs. Geared directly at serious photo enthusiasts, the D600 will cost $2,099 and begin Shipping on September 18th for $2,099. The compact DSLR packs a 24.3 MP sensor and can be equipped with a wireless transmitter that makes it easy to share photos via connected Android and iOS devices.
The Nikon D600 isn’t quite a professional DSLR, but it’s a serious step in the right direction. The Nikon D600 looks like a very attractive camera for those who want all the benefits of a full-frame camera without breaking the bank. It may also serve professionals as a good lightweight backup camera.
The D600 can shoot stills at up to 5.5 frames per second. The camera can record 720p video at 30, 50 and 60 frames per second. It can also record 1080p HD video at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second. It has sensitivity range from 100 to 6400 ISO (expandable down to ISO 50 and up to 25,600). The camera comes with dual SD card slots that support SDXC and UHS-1 cards.
Full-frame sensors are typically professional camera territory and cost at least $600 more than the D600. Until now, the D700 was the cheapest Nikon DSLR with a full-frame sensor, but many photographers now shun this $2,699 camera since it doesn’t record video and is three years old. The full-frame D800 records video and snaps massive 36.3 MP images, but its $2,999 price tag is too high for many. The D4 sits at the top of the full-frame Nikon heap and costs a whopping $5,999.
The optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter appears to be a must have accessory. The dongle plugs into the side of the D600 and allows users to wirelessly transfer photos from the D600 to Android and iOS devices. It also allows users to take pictures using their mobile devices as a remote control for the D600 from up to 50 feet away.
Nikon is also offering the Nikon D600 in kit form for $2,699. As always, we don’t expect the included 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G ED VR lens to be worth the premium and recommend buying the D600 on its own.
Nikon’s early D600 sample photos certainly look impressive so far. Above is a sample of a long-exposure shot at ISO 3200. It’s important to note that all of the Nikon D600 sample photos you’ll see prior to launch were shot by professionals using high-end Nikon lenses.