Friday, June 15, 2012

Nikon D600

With the photographs of the Nikon D600 leaked on a chinese web site the launch of this camera now seems imminent! 

Nikon D600 - Image 3

There are many photographers who shoot in the mountains and need to carry their equipment themselves. Most of them would be interested in a small full frame camera with good resolution and specifications. So would the D600 fit the bill?

The expected specifications of the camera as appearing on the Nikon Rumors site  is given below: 

  1. 24.7MP full frame sensor
  2. Weight: 760g (850g with battery and memory cards), the D800 weights 900g and the DX D7000 weighs 690 g without battery and cards
  3. 3.2″ LCD with 921K dot with ambient sensor control
  4. HDMI output
  5. Video compression: H264/MPEG-4
  6. Full HD with 30p, 25p, 24p, HD with 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
  7. Viewfinder coverage: 100% for FX , 97% for DX
  8. Built-in AF motor
  9. Weather sealed body
  10. ISO range: 100-6400 (with Lo-1 ISO 50 and Hi-2 ISO 25,600)
  11. 39 AF points (with an option of 11 AF points), 9 cross-type AF points
  12. AF face detection
  13. Exposure compensation: ±5 EV (same as the D800)
  14. EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery
  15. 5 fps (same as the D700, the D800 has 4fps)
  16. 2 SD card slots with Eye-fi support
  17. Build-in retouching images functionality
  18. Built-in flash with sync speed of 1/250s
  19. Two user settings: U1 and U2
  20. Fn button
  21. Auto DX crop mode
  22. In-camera RAW editor
  23. Built in time-lapse functionality
  24. Possibly with build-in HDR
  25. New external battery grip

From the leaked photographs it seems that the size of the camera is very similar to the D7000 and it also shares the identical  left dial with U1 and U2 options. 

For photographers who own Nikon's  AIS manual focus lenses, there is good news: these will meter on the D600 as well. As far as weight is concerned it is only a bit heavier than the D7000. In fact it seems that Nikon may well have used the D7000 body shell and built in a FX sensor in the same body!

As a mountain photographer,  I am very attracted to the D600! It looks like a small compact body, the weight and size is less than the D700 or  D800, it meters the old manual focus lenses, it should have good clean ISO from 100-1600  at least and maybe even 3200- 6400 at a pinch, it has two SD card slots like the D7000, 100% viewfinder coverage and a 24.7  mp sensor!

The price of the camera ( body only) has been rumoured to be around $1500! At this price I feel the D600 would be a real winner for Nikon!  I am looking forward to get one as all my old battery of lenses would work perfectly!

Along with this body Nikon is releasing a 24-85 f3.5/4.5 VR normal zoom lens to complement the existing battery of VR zooms: the 24-120 and 28-300 both for full frame cameras.

And finally if all these lenses are too expensive we have the evergreen 28-105 f3.5/4.5 AF zoom which is around $175-200 used (check  and I am sure would do well with this camera!

So exciting times are ahead! 

All those trekkers, climbers and mountain  photographers who were reluctant to go for the D700 and the D800 due to weight, bulk and price can definitely look at the D600 for their needs!

Lets hope for a launch very soon!

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