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Nikon D600

Nikon D600 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1545
inc VAT

A breakthrough price for a full-frame SLR, but you'd never guess from the features, performance or quality


35.9x24mm 24.3-megapixel sensor, 3.5x zoom (24-85mm equivalent), 850g

A full-frame SLR is something most amateur photographers quietly dream about. With massive viewfinders, professional-grade controls and sumptuous image quality, it’s easy to see why they cost four times as much as consumer SLRs. However, there aren’t many amateur photographers who can blow over £2,000 on a camera.

Nikon D600

The dream becomes a little more real with the arrival of the D600. Currently available for £1,500, it’s the cheapest full-frame digital SLR to date. However, the similar Canon EOS 6D is arriving imminently and the more upmarket D800 has already been discounted to £1,920 at Amazon. This is an exciting time to be on the market for a full-frame SLR, but choosing one won’t be easy.

Nikon D600

Inevitably, there are some downgrades in comparison to the D800, but very few that we’re upset about. For us, the biggest is the move from a 51-point to a 39-point autofocus system, nine of which are cross-type. That’s still a lot of points, but they’re packed together a little more tightly than on the D800 and don’t stretch across the frame quite as much as we’d like. It’s still a sophisticated autofocus system, though, with options to expand the active area to a group of nine or 21 points, plus a 3D tracking mode that follows subjects around the frame.

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Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels24.3 megapixels
CCD size35.9x24mm
Viewfinderoptical TTL
Viewfinder magnification, coverage0.7x, 100%
LCD screen size3.2in
LCD screen resolution921,000 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom3.5x
Zoom 35mm equivalent24-85mm
Image stabilisationoptical, in kit lens
Maximum image resolution6,016×4,016
File formatsJPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot2x SDXC
Mermory suppliednone
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)900 shots
ConnectivityUSB, mini HDMI, microphone, headphone out, optional GPS, optional IR remote
Body materialMagnesium alloy, plastic
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.0x
Kit lens model nameNikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
AccessoriesUSB cable, neck strap

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed30 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/3.5-22 (wide), f/4.5-29 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)50 to 25600
Exposure compensation+/-5 EV
White balanceauto, 7 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, brightness, hue, Active-D Lighting, noise reduction, colour space
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus38cm
Auto-focus modes39-point
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, interval, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, flash bracket, ADL bracket, HDR, multiple exposure

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