Digital SLR camera D600
September 13, 2012
A FX-format camera with a body smallest and lightest among FX-format cameras that offers excellent basic performance and a 24.3-megapixel image sensor for superior imaging performanceTOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D600. Despite having the smallest and lightest body among Nikon FX-format cameras, the D600 offers advanced basic camera performance, and is equipped with a new FX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into high-end Nikon D-SLRs (D4, D800, D800E) for superior definition and image quality.
- *1Body only.
- *2With shooting in FX format.
D600 Development BackgroundNikon has been strengthening and expanding its FX-format digital SLR camera lineup, most recently with the release of the D4, the new FX-format flagship model that offers the ultimate in functions and performance, followed by the D800 and D800E, both equipped with a CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, for incredible definition and image quality. The D600 was developed to bring the enjoyment of photography with an FX-format camera to a broader range of users. It offers the superior rendering characteristics, image quality, operation, and durability of previous FX-format D-SLRs in a body that is as compact, lightweight, and easy to use as DX-format cameras, thus making it suited not only to advanced amateur and professional photographers, but also photo enthusiasts looking to make the most of their more creative side.
D600 primary features
- The Nikon FX format in a compact and lightweight body for excellent portability
The D600 measures approximately 141.0 x 113.0 x 82.0 mm (W x H x D)
and weights approximately 760 g*, making it extremely compact and the
lightest Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera available. In addition to
adoption of a lightweight and durable magnesium alloy for the top and
rear body covers, all joints are effectively sealed for the same
superior dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E.
- *Body only.
- A new 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS image sensor for superior image quality and resolution over a broad range of sensitivities
The D600 is equipped with a new FX-format CMOS image sensor with an
effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels that ensures a high
signal-to-noise ratio and broad dynamic range. The camera supports a
broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, for
beautiful images exhibiting very little noise and rich expression of
tones. The range of sensitivities can also be expanded to the
equivalent of ISO 50 (Lo 1) or up to the ISO 25600 equivalent (Hi 2).
What's more, use of NIKKOR lenses equipped with Nikon's advanced optical
technologies maximizes performance of the D600's FX-format CMOS sensor,
with its effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, for images that
offer clear and sharp reproduction of even the finest details.
- The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, optimized for high-performance
digital SLR cameras like the D600, for superior, high-speed processing
The D600 is equipped with the same EXPEED 3 high-speed
image-processing engine built into high-end D4, D800, and D800E Nikon
FX-format cameras. The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine has been
optimized for digital SLR cameras to offer faster and better performance
for faithful rendering, vivid color reproduction, and expression of a
broad dynamic range. It also effectively suppresses noise with advanced
noise-reduction processing for still images captured at high
sensitivities under dim lighting, all while preserving definition and
sharpness. Special noise-reduction processing designed especially for
movies maintains crisp, clear outlines in movies recorded in low-light
- Excellent basic camera performance and operation for comfortable shooting
Adoption of the Multi-CAM4800 autofocus sensor module enables certain
acquisition and tracking of the intended subject with 39 focus points.
Cross-type sensors have been adopted for the nine most frequently used
focus points at the center of the frame. In addition, seven focus
points (5 horizontal focus points and 1 each above and below at the
center of the frame) are fully functional at f/8. All of this means
more precise autofocusing when super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses are used
with a teleconverter (2.0x).
What's more, extremely precise automatic control provided by the Scene Recognition System analyzes detailed scene brightness and color information acquired from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, and applies that information to autofocus, automatic exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and white balance control.
The D600 is also equipped with a high-magnification optical viewfinder that supports a frame coverage of approximately 100% with shooting in FX format and magnification of approximately 0.7x*1. The 3.2-inch, approximately 921k-dot monitor with wide viewing angle is equipped with an ambient brightness sensor that automatically controls monitor brightness and contrast according to ambient lighting conditions to ensure clear viewing. Dual SD memory card slots (SDXC, UHS-I2 compliant) that enable the use of two SD memory cards at a time make for smoother, stress-free still-image and movie recording.
- *1With 50-mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0m-1
- *2 Interface standard
- High-resolution, full-HD movie recording at 1290 x 1080/30p making
full use of a high effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, and
Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie for recording movies in one of two
By simply pressing the movie-record button just above and to the left
of the shutter-release button in movie live view mode, users can enjoy
movie recording that makes full use of the camera's 24.3-million
effective pixels. Not only does the D600 support full-HD movie
recording at 1920 x 1080/30p, but adoption of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video
compression standard ensures that superior picture quality is
maintained while data is compressed to allow for recording of a single
movie for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds*1.
The Multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie function offers two movie formats*2, FX-based movie format and DX-based movie format, for recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080/30p. (both FX- and DX lenses can be used). The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format is optimal for recording movies that bring subjects closer when lenses with short focal lengths are used.
The D600 is also equipped with a headphone jack so that headphones may be used to check sound, and movies and the movie live view display can be viewed simultaneously in the camera's monitor and an external monitor. Uncompressed movie data recorded in movie live view mode can also be output to an external recorder via the built-in HDMI interface, and the time-lapse photography function can be used to automatically photograph relatively slow moving action, such as the blooming of a flower and the passing of clouds, at specified intervals. The camera then combines the photos and records them as a silent time-lapse movie.
- *1Maximum length is 20 minutes with some frame size/rate and movie quality settings.
- *2Movies are recorded with an aspect ratio of 16 : 9 regardless of the format selected.
- Support for the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b for collaboration with smart devices