Nikon D600 Review

Overall 49
Imaging 26
Features 52
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expands to 50 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 141 x 113 x 82 mm
  • Weight: 850 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon D300S. Compare
  • Replaced by Nikon D610. Compare

Nikon D600 Summary

This review is devoted to D600 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Nov 13, 2012. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product D300S and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one D300S. To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our complete comparison by following these links:
Nikon D600 vs. D610
Nikon D600 vs. D300S

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #22 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #105 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon D600 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon D600 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 14.2
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2980
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Number Of Focus Points: 39
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 9
  • Wireless Connectivity: Optional
  • Battery Life: 900 shots

Popular comparisons of Nikon D600

Complete Comparison of Nikon D600 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon D600. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon D600

Nikon D600 has the following external dimensions 141 x 141 x 82 mm (55.51 x 44.49 x 32.28″) with the weight of 850 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon D600, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon D600 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 82mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon D600 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon D600 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon D600 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon D600 — 900 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Nikon D600 — 82 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Nikon D600 — 850 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Nikon D600 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon D600 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon D600 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon D600 boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon D600 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Nikon D600 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon D600, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 94 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon D600’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon D600 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Nikon D600 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon D600

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon D600 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in D600 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.7x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon D600 are its 5.5 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

D600 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon D600 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 39 points.

In addition, D600 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon D600, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon D600 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon D600 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Nikon D600 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Nikon D600 a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect D600 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon D600 provides a shooting life of 900, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Nikon D600 offers the highest battery life that reaches 900 shots.

How Good is Nikon D600 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon D600’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon D600’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the D600 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon D600 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D600 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D600 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D600 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D600 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D600 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (900 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (141 x 113 x 82 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon D600 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D600 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D600 can be called a 82 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2980)
  • Big size (141 x 113 x 82 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.5 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (39)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Nikon D600 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D600 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 39. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D600 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (850 g)
  • Big size (141 x 113 x 82 mm)

Nikon D600 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon D600 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon D600 can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.2)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2980)

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Nikon D600 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model D600
Announced Nov 13, 2012
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F
Number of Lenses 287
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.5 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 94
DxO Color Depth 25.1
DxO Dynamic Range 14.2
DxO Low Light ISO 2980
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 861.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6016 x 4016
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 39
Number of Cross Focus Points 9
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 850 g
Physical Dimensions 141 x 113 x 82 mm
Battery Life 900 shots
Battery Type 900 shots
Battery Model EN-EL15
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Storage Slots 2

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