Launch of Nikon D600 SLR Camera today!



Today, Nikon announced the arrival of the Nikon D600 SLR.

Tagline: “Power your passion with the Nikon D600.  As the lightest and most compact Nikon full-frame- DSLR (760g, body only), it offers stunning sharpness and brilliant image quality.”

Pitch: “Capture everything from lush landscapes to still portraits with its 24.3 effective megapixel FX-format sensor, with an ultra-fast EXPEED 3 image processing engine and a versatile ISO range from 100 to 6400. It also provides a true cinematic experience with full HD video recording. The D600 brings you greater flexibility and mobility, taking photography to the next level.”

Should I get this? Currently, I have using the aging D90 SLR, which for all intents and purposes, met my current needs, although I must say that I could do with a full frame sensor with lower noise and capture more details with the 24.3-megapixels resolution  🙂

Let’s take a look and compare the technical specs of my current D90 and D600 below:

Nikon D600: Key Specifications

  • 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (10.5MP DX-format crop mode)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
  • Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points
  • 3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
  • 1080p30 full HD video mode with stereo sound recording
  • Dimensions: 141mm x 113mm x 82mm (5.5 × 4.4 × 3.2 in).
  • Weight: 760 g (1.6 lbs) with no battery

Nikon D90: Key Specifications

  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • 3D tracking AF (11 point)
  • 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD (same as D3 and D300)
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • Dimensions: 132 x 103 x 77 mm (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
  • With no battery: 620 g (1.4 lb) ; With battery: 703 g (1.6 lb)

 

Nikon D600 Full Specifications

Type
Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels
24.3 million
Image sensor
Image sensor
35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels
24.7 million
Dust-reduction System
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Storage
Image size (pixels)
FX (36 x 24) image area : 6,016 x 4,016 (L) 4,512 x 3,008 (M) 3,008 x 2,008 (S) DX (24 x 16) image area : 3,936 x 2,624 (L) 2,944 x 1,968 (M) 1,968 x 1,312 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view : 6,016 x 3,376 (L) 4,512 x 2,528 (M) 3,008 x 1,688 (S) DX-format photographs in movie live view : 3,936 x 2,224 (L) 2,944 x 1,664 (M) 1,968 x 1,112 (S)
File format
NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Double slot
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards.
File system
DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage
FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
Magnification
Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint
21 mm (-1.0m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment
-3 – +1 m-1
Focusing screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror
Quick return
Depth-of-field preview
Pressing depth-of-field preview button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Lens
Compatible lenses
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (A and M modes only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/6.8 or faster)
Shutter
Type
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed
1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control), X200
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 s)
Release
Release mode
Single frame, continuous low speed (CL), continuous high speed (CH), quiet shutter-release, self-timer, remote control, mirror up
Frame advance rate
1-5 fps (CL) or 5.5 fps (CH)
Self-timer
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Remote release modes
Delayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up
Exposure
Metering
TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame) Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Mode
Auto (auto; auto (flash off)); scene (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food; silhouette; high key; low key); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); U1 (user settings 1); U2 (user settings 2)
Exposure compensation
-5 – +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing
2-3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Flash bracketing
2-3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
White balance bracketing
2-3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
ADL bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 frames using preset values for all frames
Exposure lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off
Focus
Autofocus
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range
-1 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point
Can be selected from 39 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode
Single-point AF; 9-, 21-, or 39-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Flash
Built-in flash
Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number
Approx. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash compensation
-3 – +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; flashes after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal
AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance
White balance
Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2500 K-10000 K), all with fine-tuning
Live View
Modes
Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode
Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie
Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Metering method
Matrix
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1,920 x 1,080; 30 p (progressive), 25 p, 24 p 1,280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
File format
MOV
Video compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Audio recording device
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Other options
Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor
Monitor
8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with approx. 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Playback
Playback
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, GPS data display, and auto image rotation
Interface
USB
Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output
Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal
Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately) GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio output
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Supported languages
Supported languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Power source
Battery
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery
Battery pack
Optional MB-D14 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries
AC adapter
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions/weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 141 x 113 x 82 mm (5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in.)
Weight
Approx. 850 g (1 lb 14.0 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 760 g (1 lb 10.8 oz; camera body only)
Operating environment
Temperature
0-40 °C (+32 – 104 °F)
Humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessories
Supplied accessories
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, ViewNX 2 CD
      Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20 °C (68 °F)
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