Estimated Street Price: $1,999 (body only)
Nikon’s new full-frame DSLR, the D600 features a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and delivers 12- or 14-bit images at 6016×4016 pixels. Despite the low (for full-frame) price, the camera earned the third-highest score ever on DxOMark.com’s sensor rankings, its 94 score placing just behind the 36-megapixel D800E (96) and D800 (95). EXPEED 3 processing enhances image quality, speeds operation and achieves a normal ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50-25,600.
The D600 features a quick, accurate 39-point AF system (capable of autofocusing at ƒ/8) and 3D Color Matrix Metering II with a 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor. There’s a big pentaprism viewfinder that shows 100% of the actual area in full-frame mode (97% in cropped DX mode) and a big 3.2-inch LCD monitor. The body is compact for a full-frame DSLR, at 5.6×4.4×3.2 inches and 26.8 ounces. The D600 is compatible with optional Wi-Fi and GPS units.
Video features include 1080p at 30 and 24 fps and 720p at 60 and 30 fps, all in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 form. The camera provides continuous contrast-based AF during video shooting when desired, plus mono sound via a built-in microphone or stereo via an optional external mic (there’s also a jack for headphones).
The full-frame sensor and AF Nikkor lenses offer lots of focal-length flexibility and depth-of-field control for selective focus. The D600 can use just about all Nikkor lenses, providing best performance with AF-S lenses. It also can use DX lenses designed for APS-C sensors, automatically cropping to DX format when one of these lenses is attached, dropping the file resolution to 10.3 megapixels.
STANDOUT FEATURE: Superb full-frame image quality at a good price.