Photography blog have posted an extensive review of the new full frame DSLR from Nikon, the Nikon D600.
The Nikon D600 is designed to fill the gap left by the hugely popular D700 and can currently be bought (body only) for less than £1,800.
Amongst Photography Blog’s conclusions:
“At full resolution, the Nikon D600 captures an astonishing amount of detail – not quite as much as the D800 but still more than most people will ever need. In addition, the camera has better auto white balance than any previous Nikon we’ve tested, even in incandescent and Tungsten balanced fluorescent light, where it manages to leave just the right amount of warmth in the images for a perfectly natural look. The photos, especially those shot in NEF format, also have great dynamic range and generally low levels of noise.
In use we have found the Nikon D600 to be a great, responsive and versatile tool. The 39-point auto focus system has proven to be fast and generally accurate, with the fastest speeds achieved using the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G lens. We’ve found the focus system to work well in most conditions except for really low light, where the D800 proved to be superior. That the D600 is lighter than any other Nikon FX digital SLR camera is a real boon to anyone planning to use it for extended periods of time, though be prepared that it’s still quite a handful and noticeably heavier than the cheapest auto focus SLRs of the film era (then again, it’s a much higher specified model than any of those). The Nikon D600’s mirror is surprisingly quiet for a full-frame SLR camera and in normal use it produces only minimal viewfinder blackout. The only major gripe we have with the camera is that you cannot change the aperture in Live View or during movie capture, unless you use an old lens with a manual aperture ring, of course.If you think you can live with that and a few other limitations / omissions versus the D800; the smaller, lighter and cheaper Nikon D600 will serve you just as well as the more expensive model – and even give you faster frame rates and more manageable raw file sizes as an added bonus”.
I’d say the Nikon D600 is a savvy purchase for any wannabe Nikon full frame upgrader or indeed anyone wishing to enter the full frame. In some ways its a sort or mini D800 being say 80% of the mighty D800 but at considerably less cost. As for image quality, well its top notch. Nikon should be applauded for producing the Nikon D600 because it looks absolutely first rate, and dare I say great value full frame DSLR.
Mark Baynham (October 2012)