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REVIEW: The Nikon D600

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It\’s finally here, the lightest and full-frame FX-format DSLR from Nikon, the D600. The D800 was 990 gms and this is only 850 gms. It\’s certainly not cheap, but compared to the competition it is one of the cheapest in the category of FX-format CMOS sensor DSLR cameras. Most pro\’s and enthusiasts would love to get their hands on one, and we were quite lucky to review this camera the same month we also got to review the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. So, how good is the D600? Let\’s shoot!

Review

The light weight of this DSLR is the first thing that you will undoubtedly feel, but that\’s mostly due to the fact that the entire body is made of plastic, with some magnesium alloy bits here and there. Once you start shooting with it, you really enjoy the nice grip for the right hand and the way the camera has been designed with keeping a pro photographer in mind. It\’s not that much different from the D800 in that sense, but does feel a bit better to use. Even the back panel which has all the different dials and buttons to adjust the levels of your shooting mode are very familiar looking, very Nikon like and very D800-like. Okay, let\’s talk performance and sheer image quality now, shall we? The Nikon D600 is a very nimble and responsive camera with a wealth of external controls that put just about any shooting control you’re ever likely to need a button-press away.You’ll undoubtedly need to spend some time at the outset, however, configuring the camera’s vast array of custom settings to your liking. Whether navigating through menu screens or using the command dials to change shooting parameters, you’re never far off from being ready to capture an image. An area where the D600 lags behind the D800 quite a bit, is the AF area- which is centred in the middle area of the viewfinder only, leaving large areas around the edges completely uncovered. The D600’s image quality is very impressive throughout its standard ISO sensitivity span of 100-6400. Critically, files from the D600 are hard to tell apart from images captured from the 36MP D800, when they are examined at 100%. At high ISO sensitivities the D600 does a good job of retaining fine detail while minimizing chroma and luminance noise.  DISPLAYThe rear LCD of the D600 is identical to that found on the Nikon D800 and at 3.2 inches offers slightly more real estate than that of the D7000 but at the same resolution. The screen offers good visibility when shooting outdoors, though glare can be an issue in direct sunlight.  

Specifications

  • 24.3 MP CMOS Sensor
  • Expeed 3 Processor
  • 39 focus points
  • 3.2 inch TFT LCD Screen
  • Nikon F Lens mount
  • HD Video recording  

Verdict

Nikon’s last big DSLR release was the D800. The big news with that camera was its pixel count of 36MP, which when it was released, comfortably eclipsed everything else around (and at the time of writing still does). The D600 doesn’t quite reach those dizzy heights, but at 24MP, it matches or exceeds the pixel count of every other full-frame system camera. It is also one of the most versatile, offering a 10.5MP DX crop mode, an in-body AF motor ( which ensures AF compatibility with non-AF-S Nikkor lenses) and compatibility witholder, manual focus lenses.

Exhibit Rating: 5/5

Price: Rs. 1,35,950 (Body Only) Rs. 1,63,950 (24-85mm VR lens kit).

 

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