The long-rumoured Nikon D600 becomes a reality today, as Nikon has officially announced the market’s first ‘affordable’ full-frame DSLR camera. With the Nikon D600 price tag at £1,955.99 body-only, and a new 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, is this new Nikon DSLR the camera for you? Read on to learn more about its long list of specs and features.
The Nikon D600 – release date scheduled for just a week’s time, on September 18, 2012 – boasts a new 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and is Nikon’s smallest and lightest FX-format camera on the market, weighing approximately 760g and measuring 141 x 113 x 82mm.
Nikon says the D600’s 14-bit A/D conversion and excellent signal-to-noise ratio enable images with low noise and wide dynamic range even at high ISO sensitivities.
The Nikon D600 offers an ISO range of 100–6400, extendable up to 25,600 (equivalent) and down to 50 (equivalent).
The Nikon D600 – which sits above the Nikon D300s and below the D800 in the lineup of Nikon DSLRs – also comes equipped with the same 116-bit EXPEED 3 image-processing engine found in the Nikon D4, which the company claims delivers smooth gradations with abundant detail and tone all the way up the scale to pure white, even when shooting in JPEG.
Another signature feature of the Nikon D600 is the newly developed Multi-CAM4800 39-point AF system with AF sensitivity inherited from the flagship D4.
“Compatible with lenses up to f/8 combined open aperture and sensitive down to -1 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F), sharp shots are possible even in challenging light conditions,” according to Nikon’s statement. “A variety of AF-modes such as Dynamic-area AF and 3D-tracking maintain focus on even the smallest subjects, however unpredictable their movements may be.
Implementing Nikon’s Multi-CAM4800 AF system —with individually selectable or configurable 9-, 21- and 39-point coverage settings — the Nikon D600’s autofocus sensor module and algorithms have been re-engineered to improve low-light acquisition sensitivity capabilities to be compatible with a combined aperture up to f/8 with detection down to -1 EV (ISO, 20°C/68°F).
Simplified selection of AF modes such as AF-A, AF-S and AF-C is now possible without taking your eye away from the viewfinder.
In line with the D800, the Nikon D600 averages 900 still images or 60 minutes of movie live view from its rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15. The new Nikon camera also offers two SD card slots and is weather and dust resistant.
Start-up time is around 0.13secs, and the shutter offers approximately 150,000 cycles at speeds ranging from 1/4000 to 30s.
The D600 also features a self-diagnostic shutter monitor and a drive unit designed to reduce the demand on power when the shutter is raised for extended periods during movie shooting.
As one would expect, the Nikon D600 records full HD video at 1080p in both FX and DX formats, and movies can be recorded in 30p, 25p and 24p, with 60p, 50p and 25p options at 720p. Full HD movie clips can be up to 29 minutes 59 seconds long.
The Nikon D600’s Advanced Scene Recognition System incorporates Nikon’s 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor, which analyses each scene and can detect human through the new Nikon camera’s 100% optical viewfinder, as well as recognise a scene’s colours and brightness with unprecedented precision.
Shutter release time lag is minimised, Nikon says, to approximately 0.052secs, with continuous at around 5.5fps capability in FX- and DX-format.
Other features include high-speed data transfer with Hi-Speed USB and wireless image transfer with the optional WU-1b Mobile Adapter, including compatibility with all Nikon accessories, 19 scene modes, an HDR function and a Time Lapse Photography mode that saves images as movie files that allow slow action to be viewed in fast playback, with playback rates from 24 to 36,000 times faster than normal.
The Nikon D600 price tag will be £1,955.99 / €2,385.99 body-only, or £2443.99 / €2981.99 in a kit with the new AF-S 24-85mm VR lens.
Watch this space, as our testing team will begin testing this new Nikon camera very soon.
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