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Nikon D600 Review

The Nikon D600 is a serious high spec DSLR packed which offers everything one might expect from the Nikon brand name.

 

Overview

This Nikon D600 is full mirrored DLSR. The image size and quality is high at 24 megapixels. With multipoint focusing and tracking it will perform well with still and moving subjects. It is a magnesium alloy and weather sealed unit so it sits well with the pedigree of Nikon cameras which were so rugged that they were the number one choice for war zones. Whether you would take the D600 to a war zone is debatable but it will certainly serve well for some of the most stringent photographic conditions.

Nikon D600

The Nikon D600 is a top of the range camera. It has everything and more that the serious photographer wants. It is a robust weather sealed construction that is very much in keeping with the Nikon tradition.

This camera is very high resolution at 24 megapixels there are not many offering more at this point. Additionally it does full HD video at 1080 pixels. Unusually it offers an external mike socket (as well as built in) and the ability to put in headphones, plus control of the sound recording from within the camera. You can also attach an external monitor which is good for film makers.

Nikon D600

The camera can also use two different types of lens and offers two formats which are DX and FX. The DX format uses slightly less of the sensor than the FX and so pictures are slightly cropped from what you see in the viewfinder. However this versatility is useful to film makers as is access to a wider range of lenses.

It also has a flicker reduction feature where you might be shooting an LCD or TV screen, and there is an index marker for editing in camera of movie footage.

 

Nikon D600

 

Going back to the image processing, it has some nice built in software which tries to ensure that gradations of tone and colour on the image are rendered smoothly. It has an excellent range of ISO for low light level shooting and it tries to sharpen the whole area of the screen, some cameras can be deficient in the outer rims of the image.

Nikon D600

One excellent feature is the dual SD card slots. This means that you can have extra storage if you want or perhaps lay the shots down on both cards at once (wedding photographers may like this extra safety angle). Another example; if you like to shoot your photographs in RAW and JPEG, then you would be able to save each type of image to a different card. So this alone gives much more flexibility, however you would need to use some high spec fast SD cards and that pretty much goes with the price.

 

Design and Control Features //

The Nikon D600 is everything you would expect from a Nikon in terms of controls and layout. Nikon have never gone for exactly the standard type of controls that you might find on say a Canon EOS and most other similar cameras. Nikon has always been just that little bit different and as such you need time to get familiar with using it. It’s probably a little bit of Nikon capturing its own proprietary market and differentiating itself from the rest of the pack.

Nikon D600

 

It is a standard type of look and feel however, and a lighter body to the Nikon D800 which is of similar price but with 36 Megapixels to name one difference. A lighter camera is easier to use for extended shooting and not so heavy or bulky to carry around. One of the downsides to DSLR’s in general is that they are still quite obvious cameras and not something you put in your pocket.

Nikon is a system camera and so there is a huge range of lenses and accessories to go with it, all of which will of course be fine tuned to work together.

 

Performance //

You would not expect anything less that quality from a Nikon and it delivers in spades, the images are really excellent. Plus with features like active lighting which tries to optimise the differences between light and shade, and High Dynamic Range which shoots two differently exposed shots and combines them, you can increase your hit rate of well lit and exposed photographs substantially.

There are also six picture type controls which can saturate the colours, turn it to monochrome and so forth.

Of course there is always the Canon EOS 5D Mark III which delivers a similar performance in the price range, and then it perhaps becomes a straight Nikon or Canon thing, a bit like marmite. And then again there is the Nikon D800 which is the big sister and for a very similar price. Or going away from the old faithfuls there is the Sony A850 which will cost less and give you the megapixels and some of the other features that you are looking for.

 

Who is it for?

This is a professional level camera with a high price tag; serious photographers who want to spend serious money may also consider this. It’s not a camera for the faint hearted. When you buy a brand like Nikon you are buying into the system so consider that part of the deal before you part with the cash.

 

Value for Money

When you start to spend £1800 to £3000 on a camera then it has to be something that does what it says on the tin and more. Nikon has always been a byword for quality and excellence so it goes without saying that this camera will be worth its price.

 

Final thought

If you are a Nikon person or you have the money and want to get something that’s not too heavy but still delivers at the top level then give this one some well considered attention.

Nikon D600 Review

The Nikon D600 is a serious high spec DSLR packed which offers everything one might expect from the Nikon brand name.

 

Overview

This Nikon D600 is full mirrored DLSR. The image size and quality is high at 24 megapixels. With multipoint focusing and tracking it will perform well with still and moving subjects. It is a magnesium alloy and weather sealed unit so it sits well with the pedigree of Nikon cameras which were so rugged that they were the number one choice for war zones. Whether you would take the D600 to a war zone is debatable but it will certainly serve well for some of the most stringent photographic conditions.

Nikon D600

The Nikon D600 is a top of the range camera. It has everything and more that the serious photographer wants. It is a robust weather sealed construction that is very much in keeping with the Nikon tradition.

This camera is very high resolution at 24 megapixels there are not many offering more at this point. Additionally it does full HD video at 1080 pixels. Unusually it offers an external mike socket (as well as built in) and the ability to put in headphones, plus control of the sound recording from within the camera. You can also attach an external monitor which is good for film makers.

Nikon D600

The camera can also use two different types of lens and offers two formats which are DX and FX. The DX format uses slightly less of the sensor than the FX and so pictures are slightly cropped from what you see in the viewfinder. However this versatility is useful to film makers as is access to a wider range of lenses.

It also has a flicker reduction feature where you might be shooting an LCD or TV screen, and there is an index marker for editing in camera of movie footage.

 

Nikon D600

 

Going back to the image processing, it has some nice built in software which tries to ensure that gradations of tone and colour on the image are rendered smoothly. It has an excellent range of ISO for low light level shooting and it tries to sharpen the whole area of the screen, some cameras can be deficient in the outer rims of the image.

Nikon D600

One excellent feature is the dual SD card slots. This means that you can have extra storage if you want or perhaps lay the shots down on both cards at once (wedding photographers may like this extra safety angle). Another example; if you like to shoot your photographs in RAW and JPEG, then you would be able to save each type of image to a different card. So this alone gives much more flexibility, however you would need to use some high spec fast SD cards and that pretty much goes with the price.

 

Design and Control Features //

The Nikon D600 is everything you would expect from a Nikon in terms of controls and layout. Nikon have never gone for exactly the standard type of controls that you might find on say a Canon EOS and most other similar cameras. Nikon has always been just that little bit different and as such you need time to get familiar with using it. It’s probably a little bit of Nikon capturing its own proprietary market and differentiating itself from the rest of the pack.

Nikon D600

 

It is a standard type of look and feel however, and a lighter body to the Nikon D800 which is of similar price but with 36 Megapixels to name one difference. A lighter camera is easier to use for extended shooting and not so heavy or bulky to carry around. One of the downsides to DSLR’s in general is that they are still quite obvious cameras and not something you put in your pocket.

Nikon is a system camera and so there is a huge range of lenses and accessories to go with it, all of which will of course be fine tuned to work together.

 

Performance //

You would not expect anything less that quality from a Nikon and it delivers in spades, the images are really excellent. Plus with features like active lighting which tries to optimise the differences between light and shade, and High Dynamic Range which shoots two differently exposed shots and combines them, you can increase your hit rate of well lit and exposed photographs substantially.

There are also six picture type controls which can saturate the colours, turn it to monochrome and so forth.

Of course there is always the Canon EOS 5D Mark III which delivers a similar performance in the price range, and then it perhaps becomes a straight Nikon or Canon thing, a bit like marmite. And then again there is the Nikon D800 which is the big sister and for a very similar price. Or going away from the old faithfuls there is the Sony A850 which will cost less and give you the megapixels and some of the other features that you are looking for.

 

Who is it for?

This is a professional level camera with a high price tag; serious photographers who want to spend serious money may also consider this. It’s not a camera for the faint hearted. When you buy a brand like Nikon you are buying into the system so consider that part of the deal before you part with the cash.

 

Value for Money

When you start to spend £1800 to £3000 on a camera then it has to be something that does what it says on the tin and more. Nikon has always been a byword for quality and excellence so it goes without saying that this camera will be worth its price.

 

Final thought

If you are a Nikon person or you have the money and want to get something that’s not too heavy but still delivers at the top level then give this one some well considered attention.

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