Nikon D600

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The rumours have been flying, and now we do, indeed, have Nikon’s smallest, lightest, and most affordable full-frame DSLR, the D600.

Aimed at photo enthusiasts, Nikon says it has pro-grade photo and video features with wireless sharing and capture capabilities.

We have a newly developed high-resolution CMOS sensor and Expeed 3 image processing engine.

The 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24 mm) provides a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable to 50-25,600) for maximum low-light flexibility yielding clean images with minimal noise and accurate colour, says the company.

The full ISO range can also be used while capturing HD video in challenging light.

The processor delivers stills and Full HD (1080p) videos that exhibit faithful colour reproduction and tonal range throughout the frame, notes Nikon.

The D600 offers Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.

The camera has a 39-point AF system with the new MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. This AF array offers AF modes to let users select a single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF, or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject throughout the frame. The system features nine cross-type sensors while seven AF points are fully functional when using compatible Nikkor lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8.

Nikon claims the D600 is ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds, with a 0.052 second shutter release.

The camera is capable of bursts of images at 5.5 fps at full resolution with full AF.

Dual SD card slots are compatible with the latest SDXC and UHS-1 high-speed standards.

The optical viewfinder offers 100 percent frame coverage.

The D600 offers several scene modes and features, including one-touch access to Picture Control functions through a new dedicated button. Photographers can also shoot images in High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Video? Oh yes. Full HD at varying frame rates and resolutions including 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p, and 720p video at 60, 50 and 30p. When shooting HD video at the highest quality setting, up to 20 minutes can be recorded, or up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in normal quality.

The LCD is 3.2-inches with automatic brightness control.

There’s full manual control of exposure, and you can switch between FX and DX-format (1.5X) at Full HD for a telephoto boost or to adjust depth of field.

Users can opt to focus manually, or use full-time AF while recording. Vdeographers have the ability to capture audio with the onboard microphone, or record stereo audio externally using the mic input. Audio can be monitored through the headphone jack and levels can be displayed on the LCD with peaking.

In addition to the ability to play back HD video and images through the HDMI terminal, users are also able to experience pro-grade video features in the D600. For monitoring and streaming applications, the image can be displayed on the LCD screen while simultaneously shown on another monitor through the HDMI, regardless of whether they are shooting data.

The D600 adds the ability to transfer uncompressed videos via the HDMI connection, which can then be routed to a digital recorder or similar device.

An optional wireless adapter allows users to connect wirelessly to their D600. When connected, users are able to share images taken with the D600 through their mobile device to their social circles, as well as send and download images from their camera to a compatible device. The adapter also allows users to remotely fire the D600’s shutter from up to 15.24 m (50 ft) away.

A built-in Speedlight commander can control multiple Speedlights. The camera can also control up to two individual Speedlight groups.

Okay, a smaller and lighter camera. Does that mean a lesser camera? Doesn’t look like it. The body of the D600 is sealed with gaskets for resistance against dirt and moisture. The camera is built with a magnesium alloy top and rear construction. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles, and sensor cleaning is also employed.

The battery is rated for approximately 900 shots. The optional MB-D14 Multi Power Battery Pack extends the grip for comfort and can effectively double the battery capacity when using two batteries.

To avoid accidental engagement, the shutter button has been recessed, while the Mode Dial can be locked.

The Nikon D600 is scheduled to be available September 18 at a suggested $2,179.95 for the body only or $2,749.95 for the body with the AF-S Nikkor 24-85 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens.

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