Announcing the Nikon D600

After literally months of speculation and a near endless list of anticipated specifications, Nikon has announced the D600. It is Nikon's physically smallest FX format DSLR delivering a 24.3MP CMOS sensor in a new body format that weighs only 760g (body only).  As one would expect it shoots both uncompressed RAW in Nikon's NEF format as well as a variety of JPEG compression levels.  The camera supports all Nikon F mount lenses and current Nikon FX and DX format lenses.  Internal storage is via SD, SDHC or SDXC cards with two slots provided.  Because of the high pixel density, don't cheapen out on your choice of card, go with something of at least 60mb/s read/write performance.

Shutter speed range is from 1/4000 to 30s with maximum burst mode of 5.5fps, shutter speed permitting.  ISO range is 100-6400 with a 1 stop pull (50) and 2 stop push (12800, 25,600) option set available.  Exposure metering uses a 2016 pixel array.  Modes are the usual PASM suspects and exposure compensation follows the ±5 EV trend in 1/3, 1/2 and full stop increments.  This wide range that can be leveraged in auto-exposure bracketing modes makes HDR captures simple and fast.

Autofocus is user selectable between single point, 9 point, 21 point, 39 point and 3D 39 point AF.

The D600 is fully video ready capable of recording at 1080P at up to 30fps in H.264/MPEG-4 formats.

The D600 fully participates in Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) for flash photography and offers automatic flash bracketing and flash exposure compensation over a 3 stop range.  Native flash sync speed is 1/200s.

The camera uses Nikon's standard EN-EL15 battery and MH-25 charger.  Kudos to Nikon for not introducing yet another battery and charger combination.  Nikon estimates 900 frames per charge.  There are numerous in camera image processing options available and of course proper RAW formats for more creative post processing alternatives.  Capture NX is renamed NikonView and a CD is provided with NikonView NX2.

Pricing is advertised at $2179.95 (body only) according to Nikon Canada.

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Full specs are found at the bottom of the post and are provided courtesy of Nikon.

  • Type
    Single-lens reflex digital camera
  • Lens Mount
    Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Picture Angle
    Nikon FX format
  • Effective Pixels
    24.3 million
  • Sensor Size
    35.9mm x 24.0mm
  • Image Sensor Format
  • Image Sensor Type
  • Total Pixels
    24.7 million
  • Dust-reduction system
    Image sensor cleaning
  • Dust-Off Reference Photo
  • Image Area (pixels)
    FX-format (L) 6,016 x 4,016 (M) 4,512 x 3,008 (S) 3,008 x 2,008 DX-format (L) 3,936 x 2,624 (M) 2,944 x 1,968 (S) 1,968 x 1,312
  • File Format Still Images
    JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression NEF (RAW): lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed 12 or 14 bit TIFF (RGB)
  • Picture Control
    Landscape Monochrome Neutral Portrait Standard User-customizable Settings Vivid
  • Storage Media
  • Card Slot
    2 Secure Digital (SD)
  • File System
    Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0 DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras PictBridge
  • Viewfinder
    Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage
    FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx. DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
  • Viewfinder Magnification
    0.70x Approx.
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint
    20.6mm (-1.0m¯¹)
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
    Built-in diopter adjustment (-3 to +1 m⁻¹)
  • Focusing Screen
    Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF area brackets (grid lines can be displayed)
  • Reflex Mirror
    Quick-return type
  • Lens Aperture
    Instant-return type
  • Depth-of-field Control
  • Lens Compatibility at a Glance***
    AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
  • Compatible Lenses
    AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 × 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 cannot be used.
  • Shutter type
    Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Shutter Speed
    1/4000 to 30 sec. Bulb
  • Fastest Shutter Speed
    1/4000 sec.
  • Slowest Shutter Speed
    30 sec.
  • Flash Sync Speed
    Up to 1/200 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/250s or slower
  • Bulb Shutter Setting
  • Shutter Release Modes
    Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-5 frames per second Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 5.5 frames per second Mirror-up [Mup] mode Quiet Shutter Release Self-timer mode Single-frame [S] mode
  • Continuous Shooting Options
    FX-format CH: Up to 5.5 frames per second CL: Up to 1-5 frames per second
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
    5.5 frames per second
  • Self-timer
    2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  • Exposure Metering System
    TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
  • Metering Method
    Centre-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in centre of frame Matrix: 3D colour matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); colour matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
  • Metering Range
    0 to 20 EV (3D colour matrix or centre-weighted metering) 0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
  • Exposure Meter Coupling
    CPU AI
  • Exposure Modes
    Aperture-Priority (A) Manual (M) Programmed auto with flexible program (P) Shutter-Priority (S)
  • Exposure Compensation
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Exposure Bracketing
    2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
  • Exposure Lock
  • Mirror Lock Up
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 100 - 6400 Lo-1 (ISO 50) Hi-1 (ISO 12,800) Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
  • Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
  • Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
  • Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
    Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent) in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV Hi-2, (ISO-25,600 equivalent) 1 EV
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
    Low Normal High Off
  • Active D-Lighting
    Auto Extra High High Normal Low Off
  • D-Lighting Bracketing
    2 frames using selected value for one frame 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
  • Single-point AF Mode
  • Dynamic AF Mode
    Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)
  • Auto-area AF Mode
  • Autofocus System
    Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Detection Range
    -1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
  • Lens Servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus trackinga ctivated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
  • AF-area mode
    9, 21 or 39 point Dynamic-area AF Auto-area AF Single-point AF 3D-tracking (39 points)
  • Focus Lock
    Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
  • Focus Modes
    Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A) Continuous-servo (AF-C) Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder Normal area Single-servo AF (AF-S) Wide area
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
  • Autofocus Sensitivity
    -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
  • Autofocus Fine Tune
  • Built-in Flash
  • Flash Bracketing
    2 to 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
  • Built-in Flash Distance
    12m (ISO 100)
  • X-Sync Speed
  • Top FP High Speed Sync
    Up to 1/4000
  • Flash Control
    TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and centre-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
  • Flash Sync Modes
    Front-curtain sync (normal) Rear-curtain sync Red-Eye reduction Red-Eye reduction with slow sync Slow sync
  • Flash Compensation
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
  • Flash-ready indicator
    Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-910, SB-900, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
  • Accessory Shoe
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
    CLS Supported
  • White Balance
    Auto Choose colour temperature (2500K–10000K) Cloudy Direct Sunlight Flash Fluorescent (7 types) Incandescent Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) Shade
  • White Balance Bracketing
    2 or 3 exposures
  • Live View Shooting
    Photography Live View Mode Movie Live View Mode
  • Live View Lens servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
  • Live View AF-area mode
    Face-priority AF Wide-area AF Normal-area AF Subject-tracking AF
  • Live View Autofocus
    Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected
  • Live View Scene Auto Selector
    Aut mode Auto (flash off) mode
  • Movie Metering
    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  • Movie Maximum recording time
    20 minutes at highest quality 29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
  • Movie File Format
  • Movie Video Compression
    H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Movie Audio recording format
    Linear PCM
  • Movie
    HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps HD 1,920x1,080 / 25 fps HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps HD 1,280x720 / 50 fps HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps HD 1,280x720 / 25 fps
  • Movie Audio
    Built-in microphone, monaural External stereo microphone (optional)
  • Monitor Size
    3.2 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Resolution
    921,000 Dots
  • Monitor Type
    Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
  • Monitor Angle of View
    170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Monitor Adjustments
    Brightness, 5 levels Brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
  • Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
  • Playback Functions
    Auto Iimage Rotation Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) Highlights Histogram Display Image Comment Movie Playback Movie Slideshow playback with Zoom Slideshow
  • In-Camera Image Editing
    Colour Balance Colour Outline Colour Sketch D-Lighting Distortion Control Edit Movie Filter Effects Fisheye Image Overlay Miniature Effect Monochrome NEF (RAW) Processing Perspective Control Quick retouch Red-Eye Correction Resize Selective Colour Side-by-Side Comparison Straighten Trim
  • Image Comment
  • Interface
    Accessory Terminal: Remote Cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately) HDMI Output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Headphone Connector Hi-speed USB Stereo Microphone Input
  • Wi-Fi Functionality
    Eye-Fi Compatible WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • GPS
    GP-1 GPS unit GP-1A GPS unit
  • Save/Load Camera settings
  • Total custom Settings
  • My Menu
    Yes with customization
  • Recent Settings
  • Supported Languages
    Arabic Brazilian Portuguese Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch English Finnish French German Greek Hindi Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Norweigan Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian
  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
  • World Time Setting
  • Battery / Batteries
    EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
  • Battery Life (shots per charge)
    900 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)
  • AC Adapter
    EH-5b AC Adapter Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
  • Battery Charger
    MH-25 Quick Charger
  • Tripod Socket
    1/4 in.
  • Approx. Dimensions
    Width: 5.6 in. (141mm) Height: 4.4 in. (113mm) Depth: 3.2 in. (82mm)
  • Approx. Weight

    42 oz. (760g)

    camera body only
  • Operating Environment
    0–40 °C (+32–104 °F)
  • Supplied Accessories
    • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • MH-25 Quick Charger
    • EG-D2 Audio Video Cable
    • UC-E15 USB Cable
    • BM-14 LCD Monitor Cover
    • DK-21 Rubber Eyecup
    • AN-DC8 Strap
    • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
    • BF-1B Body Cap
    • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cap
    • NikonView NX2 CD ROM