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86
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

With the D600, Nikon essentially takes its pro-level D800 DSLR, gives it a lighter body, a lower megapixel count, a simplified set of controls -- and a price cut of almost $1,000, making it one of the most affordable full-frame DSLRs available. The D600 takes very sharp pictures, and thanks to that full-frame sensor, excels at shooting in virtually any lighting conditions, all the way up to ISO 6400. It can capture 5.3 frames per second in burst mode, and has a very good HD movie mode. At over $2,000, the D600 may not be cheap, and buying good full-frame lenses to take full advantage of its capabilities will bump the price up even more. But if you've been waiting for a pro-level Nikon at a consumer-friendly price, you'll find the D600 hard to beat (if you're a Canon shooter looking for the same, you'll want to check out the EOS 6D, due out later this year).

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90
jmagella
At $2,000 it is a little pricy, but you get a full frame sensor. If you have...read more
90
scottb82
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
DSLR
Lens mount
Nikon F
Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor size
Other
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
SD
Model

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Other (35.9x24 mm)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 50 iso, 100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso
Image stabilization
External (lens)

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal, External) (Front curtain, Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (39 points) (AF assist lamp)
Startup time
0.13 secs
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":4000, "2":30}

Imaging

Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp
Auto-bracketing
Yes
Bulb mode
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Auto

Other features

Self-timer
Yes
5.5 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3.2 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
Remote control
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
Screen resolution
640x480

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (No)

Storage

Memory card
SD (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Image aspect ratios
3:2
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine, Iq super fine

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro port) (Mini-USB port) (USB On-The-Go [host])
WiFi
No (Null)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)
Tethered capture
Yes

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
900
Model
with AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
24.3 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Other (35.9x24 mm)
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (External (shoe))

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (7 points)
Startup time
0.13 secs

Imaging

Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
White balance modes
Automatic

Other features

Self-timer
Yes
5.5 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3.2 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical (Yes) (No)

Storage

Memory card
SD (SDXC)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Image aspect ratios
3:2
Video recording
Yes (H.264 / AVC) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro port) (Micro-USB port) (USB On-The-Go [host])
WiFi
Yes (External)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
900
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