Conclusion: This is hands-down one of the best DSLRs we’ve ever tested. Picture quality is simply great, with accurate colors that really pop. You can enlarge a nicely exposed shot 100 percent and spend hours pixel-peeping, appreciating all the detail. Noise is barely an issue even at levels like ISO 6400.
Pros: Outstanding stills with lush “analog” feel, Excellent low-light shooting, As sophisticated, flexible as you want it to be
Cons: Even “affordable” full-frame cameras are still very expensive, Heavy, bulky, Delivers quality movies but not the finest available
Summary: In late 2012, Nikon announced its latest full frame HD SLR, the Nikon D600 . A 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor is paired with a EXPEED 3 image processor that makes the D600 ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds.
Pros: Auto shooting mode allows for point-n-shoot ease with amazing results, Outstanding image quality through standard ISO range, Built-in flash can control external flash units with i-TTL, Kit lens features new VR II system for up to 4 stops of correction, Large, Bright 3.2-inch LCD, Overall good sho...
Cons: Camera must be set to live view and video mode to capture videos, High Speed Continuous came up short of advertised 5.5fps, Face detection struggled, often unable to capture image or face out of focus, VR II auto tripod detection did not work for us with still images
Summary: Nikon was the first out of the gate with a mid-priced full-frame camera – the 24 megapixel D600. Targeting advanced amateurs, enthusiasts and pros who want a smaller, lighter second or third camera body, the D600 brings with it a good mix of features and a price tag that won’t break the bank.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Full feature set, Dual SD card slots, Good performance, especially given its 24 megapixel sensor, Trickle down features from the D800, e.g., advanced video options
Cons: Slow AF in Live View, Smaller AF coverage (compared to D800), Dual SD card slots vs. CF/SD, Wi-Fi and require optional accessories (vs. the Canon 6D)
Summary: , there’s no good point of comparison for the D600. But given the images (both still and moving) that this camera can produce, the well-designed, weather-sealed body, and the vast array of lenses and accessories in the Nikon system, we say it’s well worth the price.
Summary: The Nikon D600 announced today is an all new full frame DSLR that offers a 24.3 million pixel sensor, full 1080p video capability and a 39 point auto-focus system. The Nikon D600 joins the D800, D800E and D4 as Nikon’s entry level full frame camera.
Conclusion: The D600 is a very fine general-purpose DSLR with a modest $2100 price tag, which is very reasonable for an FX-format DSLR but of course still high for those who are accustomed to DX prices. 24MP seems to be the sweet spot at this point.
Summary: The Nikon D600 brings full frame functionality to the masses, along with dual SD card slots and 100% viewfinder coverage. Image quality at high ISO sensitivities is outstanding, and a wealth of customization options enables quick access to shooting controls.
Pros: Outstanding low and high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files, High quality JPEG images at default settings, Wide dynamic range Raw files, Consistently pleasing metering and white balance results, Very solid build quality and good ergonomics / handling, Fast, responsive camera when adjustin...
Cons: Small coverage area of AF array compared to its peers, Slow AF in live view and video modes (but good compared to its DSLR competitors), Rear LCD prone to glare in bright sunlight, despite new design, Uncompressed video output over HDMI is not full frame, with black borders around image area *, N...
Conclusion: Does the D800 enjoy a commanding advantage when it comes to video? I'm not so sure. There is the extra $900 to account for. And while D800 footage does look better, the difference is subtle (aside from the D600's crippled HDMI output).