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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:06 pm 
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NEW! Nikon D600 review!

Ou in-depth review includes no less than seven pages of results, comparing the D600 against 24 Megapixel DX bodies and the 36 Megapixel D800! So whether you're upgrading from a lower-end body or looking for a backup to a pro body, we've got the answers for you!

Main facts: 24MP full-frame in a smaller and lighter body than the D800! At only 2100 USD or 2150 EUR (incl. 19% VAT) in Germany.
Or including the Nikon AF-S 24-85/3.5-4.5G VR at 2700 USD or 2700 EUR (incl. 19% VAT). This lens should perform beautifully as a kit-lens on the 24MP sensor. See my Nikon 24-85mm review.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:18 pm 
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Wow, can't wait for the full review.
Looks like Nikon have excelled here!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Yeah I think, this is the worthy successor to the D700!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:31 pm 
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Btw.: size/weight is 141 (W) x 113 (H) x 82 (D) mm, 760 g compared to the D800 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm, 900g
That is quite an achievement with a 100% viewfinder and the prism-size that you need!

Additional D600 Features and Functions (from Nikon's website):
[...]virtual horizon feature showing not only horizontal tilt to the left or right (roll), but also forward and backward tilt (pitch; only the roll indicator is displayed in the viewfinder).
Equipped with a built-in flash that covers the angle of view of a wide-angle 24-mm lens and has a guide number of approximately 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F). The built-in commander function enables wireless control over up to two groups of remote optional flash units with the built-in flash serving as the master flash.
New Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D14 (sold separately), which holds not only Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL15, but also AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, Ni-MH) is available.
[...]maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 s and flash sync speed of 1/200 s. The shutter is equipped with a monitor function that automatically checks for, and detects, errors between the specified shutter speed and actual shutter speed.
A locking mechanism on the mode dial prevents accidental adjustment of the shooting. Operation has also been improved by positioning the mode dial on top of the release mode dial.
Independent Picture Control and movie-record buttons make the camera easier to operate.
A live view selector makes live view operation more convenient with smooth switching between live view photography and movie live view.
Nikon's image browsing and editing software, ViewNX 2, is supplied with purchase.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:45 pm 
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And some nice, juicy photos. Handsome, isn't it?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:45 am 
The D600 really does look like a great camera.
It seems to match the D800 in nearly every aspect that is relevant to me and I am going to find it hard to justify the additional $1000 for the marginal benefits the D800 offers.

The way I see it for me personally here are my pros for both cameras.

D800
Better AF system (51 compared to 39)
Larger DX ( 15.3mp compared to 10.3, not really sure if this counts as I do not want 36.3mp in FX)
Better Ergonomics (feels better in the hand and layout is better with buttons like AF-on)

D600
Better U1 & U2 Settings (I use this a lot on my D7000)
24MP FX Sensor (perfect MP for me compared to large 36.3mp)
5.5 FPS (nearly as fast as my D7000)
Prices (somewhat affordable unlike the D800)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:22 am 
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Nice comparison, MoreBravo!
Didn't recognize the AF-ON button was missing. For me the most obvious difference in controls was the PASM/U1/U2-wheel on the top-left (plus - consequently - the missing "mode"-button on the top right) instead of the Qual/Bkt/WB/ISO buttons on the D800.
On the plus side: I really miss the U1, U2 settings on my D800. What Nikon did deliver there on the D800/D4 is not really usable for me.

Btw.: I think street price will soon be at something 19xx USD/EUR.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:15 am 
The specs make it seem closer to the D7000 than to the D700. Should we consider this a replacement for the D300s?


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Other differences worth noticing, is the slower max shutter speed, and the sync speed.
The D600's max shutter speed is 1/4000th, instead of 1/8000th as the D7000, D300(s), D700 and D800...
The D600's sync speed is 1/200th, instead of the "standard" 1/250th.

Not huge differences, but differences nonetheless.

Also I find the price in the US to be quite reasonable. But the price difference in Denmark, between the D800 and the D600, is equivalent to only $300...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:28 pm 
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Canon really has to do something to compete with Nikon these days. They already made a 'bad' move with the 60D when the D7000 arrived, and right now I find the 5D III to be overpriced a bit too (compared to the D800), and now there's a cheaper FF model which matches the megapixelcount of the 5D III (almost then...) I think many more would go for Nikon instead of Canon.
At least the more serious photographers, not those buying 600D and 1100D bodies (which Nikon has also excellent rivals made for!).

Here speaks a Canon fanboy though. Makes me think why I actually was a fanboy... Oh, it's because of the cheap 70-200 f/4 L!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:17 pm 
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I personally believe that there is still room for another camera between the D7x00 and the D600.
Because a price-jump from 1000 USD/EUR to 2000 USD/EUR leaves a gap to big to leave alone.
So imho a D400 successor to the D300 at a 1400-1500 USD/EUR price-point is still a very probable possibility.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:35 pm 
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I don't wear a hat because of my hairstyle but if I did, I'd take it off to Nikon.

This looks superb and sounds really promising!

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Don't you think a slightly higher spec D7000 would be the obvious next model, especially as it is still fairly well regarded. Maybe 24mp, expeed 3, deeper bracketing, HDR etc ... would fill the gap? I think I paid just over £1k when it was introduced & if a sucessor was next in line it would possibly retail around £11-1200.

Nikon seem to have got their products aimed correctly this past couple of years & it's good to see them taking the lead for a change. 8)
I also like that they are using the same battery across a few models.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:46 pm 
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Will be interesting to see Canon's answer to that - now that even the MUCH cheaper Nikon has more MP than the 5Diii.
A 4D perhaps?

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