Nikon released this 24mp "entry level" full frame DSLR in September 2012. It shares many common treats with its big brother, the D800.

Nikon releases new firmware upgrades for the D800 and D600

The new firmware adds support for the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR for both cameras, and several image and AF performance issues for the D800 are resolved. In D600 it also changes the HDMI frame output size  from 95% to 100%

D800 firmware A: 1.01 / B:1.02 addresses the following issues:

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera's monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time.  This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp.  This issue has been resolved.

Nikon D600 review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review

Ivo's lens of choise for this review was the Nikkor 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G VR lens.

"Is the Nikon D600 a game-changer? When you look at the image quality, the Nikon D600 still has to acknowledge the superiority of the Nikon D800E. But that is the best camera we've tested to date. Both cameras are more or less equal in terms of dynamic range, color reproduction in daylight and signal / noise ratio. The Nikon D800E trumps the Nikon D600 in our lab actually only with the automatic white balance in tungsten light and in resolution. The latter is not surprising, because the Nikon D800E has 24 megapixels, and not 36 megapixels like the Nikon D800. . . . read more

Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D Epic Shootout Comparison by Michael Andrew

Epic indeed, the introductory scenes are shot with a Canon 5D Mark III. Michael Andrew, A.K.A Michal the Maven, A.K.A Michal the Mentor is very careful in his review not to offend fanbois of either camp: 

"This is my long awaited review of the Nikon D600 vs the Canon 6D in an Epic, side to side shootout testing some of the most important aspects of the two cameras. As I mention on the video, these are 2 very different cameras. D600 is better as an "all round" camera, the 6D excels in low light (wedding photographers are going to love the 6D). You can check out the Crash Course DVDs I have for both cameras on my products page, they are available both as DVD & immediate download: http://www.michaelthemaven.com/products/ . . . read more

Kyle Clements revisits the Nikon D600 oil/dust/? on sensor splatter issue, finds its still there, but less gory.

Kyle is the original 'Nikon D600 sensor oil/dust on sensor time-lapse showcase©' inventor. In the 4th installment of the series, he has this to say:

"After having the camera serviced by Nikon, my D600 is still suffering from an accumulation of dust, even after 5000 shutter releases"

Now, as someone that has used everything but a toilet brush (darn thing didn't fit in the mirror-box) to clean out goo off my various EOS cams, I have just one thing to say: If you buy a Dslr, especially a full-frame one, you have got to learn cleaning  the sensor yourself. Don't be afraid of it, there's a very high chance the official service center will do a worse job than you anyway. Befriend Google, check out some of the myriads of tutorials out there, get some cheap cleaning accessories and swab that CMOS (CCD if you're unlucky) clean! . . . read more

Canon 6D vs 5D Mark III and Nikon D600 comparison by Ron Martinsen: From an image quality standpoint these are all excellent cameras that are sure to please at their full range of ISO’s – especially when using in-camera JPEG’s.

D600 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm, 1/200, ISO 25,600

"None of these cameras are speed demons, and while the 5D Mark III is the fastest, the buffer on the Mark III is only a couple RAW files bigger than the 6D. As a result, I wouldn’t really classify either Canon body as a sports body, but both – especially in JPEG only mode – will be good enough to capture some basic action shots of kids running around. The AF system of the 5D Mark III blows away the 6D, so if you are going to shoot moving subjects it’s going to give you the best results over the 6D and D600. . . . read more

Sea & Sea announces the MDX-D600 Underwater housing for the Nikon D600, to be available from 01/2013

Sea & Sea MDX-D600 Underwater housing for the Nikon D600 Dslr camera

Sea & Sea press release

New product release: MDX-D600

2012/12/20

MDX housing for FX format DSLR camera, Nikon D600

MDX-D600 Housing (Dark blue) (Housing only)
(Product No.06165)
* Ports and strobe connectors are optional (*1)
[Accessories] Housing body cap, camera quick shoe, light-shielding plate and two hex wrenches.
MDX-D600 housing will be available in the middle of January, 2013. . . . read more

Bob Atkins on the Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D600 question: In the absence of any special deals and rebates, where both camera bodies have an MSRP of around $2100, I'd probably opt for the Canon EOS 6D

Canon 6d vs Nikon d600 by Bob Atkins

"DxoMark give the Canon EOS 6D a sensor rating of 82, while the Nikon D600 sensor gets a rating of 94. Sounds like a big difference. 12 points or about 14%. But what does that mean and why does the D600 get a higher score? It's worth noting that when discussing sensor performance we're really talking about the performance of the sensor and its associated electronics (readout circuitry, amplifiers etc.), since the two cannot be separated. Even wit a RAW file, the signal has to pass through multiple electronic stages after leaving the sensor before it is encoded into image data. . . . read more

Nikon d600 review at Imaging Resource: The Nikon D600 is very much like a D7000 with a full-frame sensor, with better video, but some oil/dust splatter on the sensor issues as well, however, these issues appear to go away after a while.

Dust and oil-spatter problem (may go away with time)

"Put simply, the Nikon D600 is very much like a D7000 with a full-frame sensor. Nikon drew on the extremely popular design when building the D600. Its 24.3-megapixel sensor was the first available for under $2,100 body-only, followed closely by the Canon 6D's 20.2-megapixel design for the same price. Since many balked at the D800's 36.3-megapixel sensor, it makes good sense for Nikon's consumer FX camera to stick with 24.3.

Smaller and lighter than the D800 and D700, the Nikon D600 is still bigger than a D7000. It's hard to hide that large, . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D receives the DXO Mark special: Matches its more expensive siblings, but gets whacked (totally!) by the Nikon D600, and of course every other current full frame Nikon. Ouch.

Straight in at the top of this sector, the Nikon D600 outscores the Canon EOS 6D

"Canon now offers three full-frame CMOS sensor cameras within the EOS range. This could potentially confuse the buying decision; however the prices are very well stratified. So, how does the lowest priced model, the EOS 6D, fair against its more illustrious stable mates?

Interestingly, the overall DxOMark scores for the three models are very similar, with the EOS 6D actually matching the flagship EOS-1D X on a score of 82. Each of the three models has one area in the three testing metrics where it performs . . . read more

Affordable full frame SLR cameras shootout: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 vs the rain, at DigitalRev TV

Canon EOS 6D VS Nikon D600

Here's a cheat sheet on some basics:

Image quality: About the same
Auto focus points and speed: Nikon is superior om both counts
High iso: Canon wins
Low light focusing: Canon wins (-3 EV vs -1 EV)
Video quality: Canon wins
Size and weight: Canon is lighter and smaller
Other features: Nikon is less downscaled compared to the bigger model (D800), but the Canon 6D comes with Wi-fi (and a cool remote control app for Ios and Android devices) and GPS. . . . read more

Are there underexposure issues with the Nikon D600? Sohail Mamdani from BorrowLenses digs into the question, that original started as a Canon 6D issue.

"Earlier in the day, as I was picking up gear, one of my BorrowLenses colleagues remarked in passing that he thought the 6D might underexpose things a bit. I didn’t pay much attention to this; depending on the metering mode set and the part of the composition that the camera’s metering sensor is looking at, exposure in one of the automatic modes can vary wildly. I didn’t even bother making a mental note to check on it.

As part of the 6D test, I decided to take a Nikon D600 along with me as well to do a side-by-side comparison of images. . . . read more

Roger Cicala of LensRentals: Yes, the D600 dust/oil/crap on sensor issue seems to go away after some time.

Nikon D600 black front with lens and raised flash.

"hings are definitely better. Where 20 of 20 cameras required cleaning 6 weeks ago, only 11 of 20 did this time (our average for all SLRs would be about 5 of 20).

The location of dust also is looking more normal. When we took all 20 photos and stacked them up in the last article, virtually all of the dust was in the upper left 1/3 of the image, and they were large round specs. While there was still some upper left tendency this time, it wasn’t nearly as pronounced and dust was more evenly distributed around the sensor. And instead of . . . read more

Nikon D600 dust/oil on sensor problem will probably go away after a few thousand shots. Thankfully Nikon doesn't build Airplanes :)

Kyle Clements D600 timelapse dust and oil video on Youtube.

Kyle Clements was the guy with the now famous Nikon D600 dust/oil time-lapse video, and here's what he's come up to, after a third round agaisnt the camera:

"In the comments, a number of people have mentioned that the problem is oil/lubricant spatter, not dust (which explains why the spots will not blow away). And that this is a problem with new cameras, one that will go away after taking several thousand shots. . . . read more

Chilling: A timelapse video of the D600 sensor dust accumulation problem, by Kyle Clements.

"And, from that I’ve seen, dust on the D600 is indeed a serious issue. Right out of the box, after taking the very first picture, I could see several dust spots, but as my time-lapse series progressed, I could see more and more spots appearing on the sensor. Keep in mind that I am not changing lenses; all this dust is coming from inside the camera." . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at Dpreview: It is both a beefed up D7000 and a slimmed down D800

"An issue that has been reported widely on the web concerns the unusual frequency with which the D600 attracts dust and/or residue on its sensor, particularly in the upper left area of an image, which of course corresponds to the bottom right portion of the actual sensor. . . . read more

Nikon D600 teardown at Ifixit: A lot of nuts and bolts, and too much plastics.

Nikon D600 Teardown

"We like cameras. We also like taking cameras apart. Today, we vivisect the D600. With the release of a "budget" full-frame camera, Nikon hopes to lure the mid-level/Prosumer camera junkies into taking the plunge into full-frame wonderland. Unfortunately, a "budget" full-frame camera still means a price tag of $2,099, so . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at CameraLabs: Not so much different from the D800.

Another interesting point that this (and every other) review brings up is the ability to use Aps-c lenses (Nikon DX) on Nikon full frame bodies, something that Canon's counterparts sorely lack:

"The D600 has a number of other features that the 6D lacks including a built-in flash, twin SD card slots (versus only one on the 6D), interval timer and a shutter durability of 150 thousand actuations - 50 percent more than the 6D. But not . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at the Phoblographer: Amazing image quality, works fine with old manual lenses too.

Nikon D600 black front with lens.

"When it comes to the Nikon D600 it’s all about perspective really. First of all you’re looking at this camera because you are thinking about a full frame. You may have been put off by the D800 hoping for something more along the lines of the D700. This is the closest you’re going to get to it if you can look past the feature set. Will I buy this camera? Being that I have not had the D700 that long, and it does everything I need at the moment, no. In the future there is a strong chance though. Like the D800 there are endless things you can do with this camera. After all my doubts this camera, it turned out to be a good piece of gear."

Nikon D600 vs D800 noise comparison at Camera Labs.

What's better than an iso train? Well, TWO iso trains, especially if they run in parallel and compare the noise quality of these two cameras. Let the civil war begin!:

"With both sets of images processed using the same RAW recipe, the crops from each camera below are unsurprisingly similar in style and to my eyes, preferable to the JPEG versions, at least at lower sensitivities. The RAW recipe described . . . read more

Does the Nikon D600 come with sensor dust issues?

Discovered by Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals (com). Issue seems legit, we wonder how Nikon is going to respond:

"The dust kept reappearing with every rental, and more impressively – it was generally in the same location (upper left 1/3 of the image). That did get our attention, so we started looking into the matter a bit. We kept dust pictures for 20 consecutive D600s returning from rental and saw the problem was very real." . . . read more

Nikon D600 Review by Nasim Mansurov

This review includes some interesting sections, like the D600 VS 6D & D7000 comparisons. A Quote:

"Without a doubt, the Nikon D600 will be a very popular camera. I suspect it will be far more popular than the Nikon D800/D800E, especially after people realize that it is not some crippled camera, but a very functional DSLR with impressive . . . read more

Nikon D600 review by Photographyblog

Nikon's entry level full frame DSLR is already available in many places worldwide, and the review flood has begun. First of the major ones, is done by Zoltan Arva-Toth:

"At full resolution, the Nikon D600 captures an astonishing amount of detail - not quite as much as the D800 but still more . . . read more

Nikon D600 review at Tech Radar

Nikon's youngest, andcheapest ever full frame camera gets on the review bench:

"It certainly fulfils its brief of being an easy to use full-frame DSLR, with a control layout and menu design based on consumer rather than professional cameras. As such it makes for a compelling upgrade for those seeking the . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D600 Key Differences, at the Photography blog

Why can't we all be friends and focus on the similarities instead (1/4000th sec shutter and both are generally stripped down brutally) but anyway, the war has begun, and blood is still being shed on both sides: . . . read more

Description by Nikon:

Nikon unveils the D600, one of the most affordable full frame DSLRs on offer, but sacrifices some essentials.

It has been a really badly kept secret (or was it?) for the better part of this year. What was not known was the detailed specification list which spells some good and some bad news. For fans of video, mostly good. For photographers, not so: Among the specs lowered to reflect on the entry level price is a max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and flash sync at  max 1/200 sec. . . . read more

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