I bought this camera before Xmas and have experienced some dust spots. I sent it to Nikon and they cleaned the sensor and checked it over, on warranty. It came back clean. I'm very impressed with the image quality. Very sharp focus and the details and color rendition are fabulous. Ergonomics similar to D7000. There are a few small issues: focusing points in a small area, ISO button in a awkward position etc. Reviews from DP Review and others all rate this camera very high so I don't understand all the complaints other than the dust issue. Cleaning the sensor isn't hard.
February 17, 2013
Great job all around!
If you are upgrading to this model, hurry up already! It takes fantastic images. While you may get a unit that has dust/oil spot issues, the representatives and technicians will go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of your needs. After shipping, Nikon received it on February 5, 2013. I made a request to have the camera back by Mardi Gras day. I was hoping to get some great photos of all the costumes but wasn't sure if the repair and return would make it in time. I asked and hoped. The fact that I received it back on the 12th goes far to illustrate the great customer service and standards held by Nikon. Problem resolved.
February 17, 2013
Beautiful camera, Misunderstood sensor (oil spots solved)
Starting with the Negatives since there are so few.
Okay so point 1.) The sensor does get oil spots for most, not sure if Nikon fixed it. I bought my camera in December. BUT! The big but here is that the oil spots stop accumulating after around 3,000 shots. I was lucky enough to buy my camera at a local store which does free sensor cleanings for those who buy a camera with them. (it usually costs around $50)
Point 2.) You can't edit RAW files yet using most programs. Cs6 should be coming out with a compatibility download soon enough though. (I have hear ramblings about them coming out with one in 3-4 months but it might just be rumors.)
But other than that I really don’t have any negatives with this camera!
The Pro column far outweighs the Cons.
Point 1.) I probably don’t need to stress the image quality. I researched this camera, the D800, & the 5DmkIII and found that the D600 Has better image quality (I.e. Dynamic range, color depth, detail etc…) than the canon.
Point 2.) Noise level is phenomenal. I have usable pictures up to 4,000 ISO.
Point 3.) Fast AF! Obviously not as fast as the D800/5DmkIII and personally I enjoy all the 39 AF points in the center. If I need to focus on something outside the center I set my upper Fn button to be a no auto focus so I just lock the focus and recompose in a second.
Point 4.) Great Ergonomics! You can do everything while still having you eye up to the eye piece.
Point 5.) Love the two SD card slots. I need them now that my files are larger.
Point 6.) The D600 has the same weather proof protection as the D800.
Over all I feel like this camera will be with me for a long time. I can really grow with this camera.
February 13, 2013
The only thing that struck me silly was the video. If you want to change the aperture, you must have a lens that you can change it manually. Other than that, it does really well on noise.
If your considering a D800 and don't make your living shooting, get this camera. It does great with enlargements that aren't posters! You will not notice much difference at 100% crop between this camera and the 800.
The body isn't all magnesium like the 800, but the weather sealing is nearly as good. Unlike the 800, I don't need a tripod for every day shots. The 600 will serve you better if you do any sort of photography where you're on the move or your subject is. The 800 is more of a static camera to me and definitely a tripod camera, even with VR lenses.
As far as people concerned about dust specks, think about a CPU fan, an older CRT screen, they gather dust. It's going to happen. Dust is going to be attracted to the sensor or any charged surface. It's not a defect.
Oil spots, this is a lubricant that is left over from the assembly process that gets squished out in assembly or get splashed about in assembly. This one is definitely a quality control issue, but it's no crisis.
Sensor cleaning is as easy as cleaning a lens (well almost). Youtube it. If you want a "kit" check out Copper Hill Images.
I wish people would stop making ignorant claims about what they perceive as "defects".
February 4, 2013
It's just what the enthusiast ordered!
The D600 has been great to work with so far. Any of the complaints I have read online have been like being frustrated with your mid-priced sedan not functioning like a luxury sports coupe. The only actual complaint-worthy item was about dust on the sensor, and I have not experienced any issues with that.
My previous camera was the D300. I got so accustomed to the controls on it, that I didn't have to look at them when shooting. The D600 was an easy transition. The D600 control layout is more similar to the D90 and D7000 controls, but I purchased this camera because of the upgrade to full frame. The D800 was a bit too much camera for me, so I was very excited when Nikon announced the D600.
I love the fact that I can put it in "AUTO" mode and focus on the shot and forget about settings. I thoroughly enjoy the U1 and U2 settings to keep frequently used set ups. I am excited to be able to focus on the pictures more and the technical aspects of the camera less. When photography is a passion, but not a way that I earn my living, the D600 is perfect for me. It gives me most of the benefits of the D800 at a great price point and allows me to relax more as an amateur photographer.
If you are a professional photographer, this camera may not be for you, but Juan Montoya wouldn't be satisfied with my sedan. Be sure you find the camera that inspires you to become a better photographer and meets your needs. Focus more on what your camera does well, and have a great time capturing your great moments in life! The D600 will impress you!
February 3, 2013
Grand Camera !
I have had a few Nikons over the years.My D600 is superior in all respects from adaptibilty of long zoom lens with teleconverters to excellent features in menu. Its very lightweight which is good for long walks over rough terrain.
Also,i like the two slots for SDHC.
Its a thrilling piece of technology !
January 29, 2013
My First DSLR Experience
After doing lot of research, I finally narrowed down to Nikon D600. Definitely no regrets. The full frame makes lot of difference to the photographs. Myself being an amateur photographer, this camera will take me to the professional level.
January 26, 2013
New User - Everything great so far.
Purchased the D600 right after Christmas. Have been nothing but pleased so far. Came with the 24 - 85 zoom which I have used 90+ percent of the time. Until now I have only used film: 35mm, medium format, and large. It took awhile for me to take the leap of faith to digital. Being able to use my AIS lenses on the D600 is a huge benefit. Thanks Nikon for the insight to keep the same lens mount through the years. I haven't tried to print from the D600 captured files yet. That will be the ultimate test. I like the feel of the camera in my hands. I still have a ways to go before I am fully comfortable with the D600 as a creative tool. To date I've just shot in auto focus and exposure (aperture priority). It has been pretty right on. The auto lock is convenient but still a bit awkward. I'll get used to it. I'm excited to continue learning the things I need to learn and to become competent in the mechanics of the D600 to allow me to think more about what I am shooting instead of how I am shooting it.
January 23, 2013
Excellent FX camera!
This is my first FX camera. I have used the D7000 and the D90 in the past and find this one to be much better. I have had no problems with dust or oil, and though I have been using now for over a month, there are no problems at all.
Especially good for portrait and macro photography. Though the AF field is not as large as some FX cameras, this is not a problem with the D600 as many have stated.
Highly recommend this camera!
January 18, 2013
Captures Color perfectly!
My main complait with other cameras was that they didn't capture any form of red exactly. The D600 captures any form of red (skin tones, shirts, leaves) perfectly!
This is an ideal Camera for a portrait, wedding or engagemt photographer, like me.
The ISO has virtually no noise even at 6400. I LOVE this camera and would recomend it to anyone wanting to enter the world of FX Cameras.
January 11, 2013
Great deal! Excellent FX camera
This camera feels great in my hands. I have started using features like multiple exposures and time lapse photography. The pictures look great. I was able to get the "kit" version which included the AF-S 24-85mm VR lens for free. This has always been my favorite lens. So it was a great bargin. I have had NO problems with dirt/oil on the sensors.
January 10, 2013
Great move-up from D90
My D90 was getting near its "use-by" date and I knew I wanted an upgrade. The D600 is just that. I bought with the 28-300 and got an SB700 to complete the package. I've been using this camera since the end of October, have more than 5000 clicks with no dust problems at all. Low light is amazing, it's wonderful with my older 35-70 f2.8 push/pull and my 180 f.28 prime lenses as well as the 28-300. It's definitely heavier than my older cameras but the balance with the 28-300 is just right. I shoot lots of motorsports, including drag racing and have zero dust problems. I customarily change lenses with care so that's not a problem at this time. I will have it professionally cleaned at least every other race, as I have with the D90 and with the D300S I had for a bit.
While I might have liked a D800, at less than 5' tall and about 100 lbs, the D600 is sized right for me and does everything I need. It's not just the camera that makes the photo, it's the artistry involved, but the right equipment sure helps.
January 9, 2013
Best all-around Full Frame DSLR for the money.
This is currently the best all-around full frame DSLR form either Nikon or Canon. Excellent fast performance and high ISO capabilities. Feels great in hands with its ergonomic design. Have used this camera in varying paid assignments from portraits to indoor sporting events, and will continue to do so. Highly recommend this to others looking to move to FX DSLRs.
Dust on sensor has not been an issue. Cleaning and keeping a DSLR sensor clean is par for the course. Eventually they all need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Full frame sensors have a larger surface area so naturally they will gather more dust than the DX cameras. Plus all lenses suck in dust - the zoom or focus mechanisms do not move in a vacuum. The air has to go somewhere, and all air have dust particles.
January 9, 2013
My best camera ever. I have used almost all Nikon's since Nikon F, up to D700, as well as H3DII, M8, SLR/n, S5 Pro, 5DII, etc.
The D600 is perfect for me. Best AF yet, excellent colors, fine viewfinder, good battery life, all combined in a small body (not so light as it seems though.).
BTW, I can't get any oil on my sensor, despite my serious efforts. It seems that Nikon has done something about that.
January 6, 2013
Great D7000 Upgrade
I came from a D7000, the D600 is my first full frame body. With my D7000 experience the D600 was easy to use right out of the box, except for the reversed zoom in/out buttons. It's also nice that the both these cameras use the same batteries. It's so much easier to get good images in difficult scenarios with the D600, and the D600 captures so much fine detail. The camera really shines with speedlights and off camera flash, the colors, exposure, and dynamic range are great. As for the dust issue, the only dust I've had after 3000 shots has been easily removed with an air blower and the in camera cleaning function. Here's the rest of my observations:
-Low ISO of 50 is helpful for getting long shutter speeds in long exposures
-the ISO performance is striking and clean through 4000
-coming from a DX camera, the viewfinder is huge and shows more information
-the locking mode dial is convenient
-the U1 and U2 setting banks are great
-the ergonomics are great, it's easy to hold and use the controls
-the auto white balance is usually dead on
-there are several more options that you can assign to the function and preview buttons
-the automatic LCD brightness is helpful
-the center bunch of AF points work very well in low light
-playback and menus often lag, displaying a small yellow hourglass for a few seconds
-the multi selector on the back is small and mushy
-the dedicated in camera editing button isn't useful to me (but as a dedicated picture control button it is)
-the location of the record button is strange
-the rubber portion of the grip is harder and seems thinner than it is on the D7000
-the command dials seem hard and small, they're a bit uncomfortable on occasion
-Sometimes images on the LCD seem greener than on prints and computer screens
-the battery life is several hundred shots less than that of my D7000
-Autofocus: the 39 points are rather tightly gathered in the center of the viewfinder, but this isn't as big of a hinderance as I had imagined.
January 5, 2013
Great FX Body
I've had my D600 for two weeks and have taken close to 2000 shots. I was well aware of the dust stories when I purchased the camera so I have been regularly checking for dust by taking some shots of a white background at f22. I have encountered a few dust spots, but they have been easily removed using a blower. I absolutely love the photos I'm getting.
December 30, 2012
Right out of the box I was very impressed with the image quality! I absoloutely love this camera. In this review I would like to address the most common complaint, dust / oil spots. I would like to say that all DSLR's suffer with dust on the sensor, it's a given. I have 4 DSLR's and this one is no different. Upon opening the box, I charged the battery and put on the 24-85mm lens. The first pictue I took was of a white peice of paper (out of focus) and at f/22. I went into lightroom and viewed the entire image at 100%. I found 3 dust spots. I used my rocket blower, and was able to remove all but 1 of the spots. After 800 pictures and several lens changes I did another test and found numerous dust spots. I got out my gitzo rocket blower and really went at it for about a minute. This time I was able to get rid of all the spots! I still have 3 spots on my D7000 that I can't get rid of. Will have to take it in to have it professionally cleaned. I have not experienced any oil spots with the D600. I am wondering if some people mistake a stubburn dust spot for what they think is oil. Anyway, thankfully my D600 has no oil spot issues! I highly recommend this quality camera!
December 24, 2012
I just purchased the D-600 with the 28-300 mm f 3.5-5.6 lens. The first sample pictures were very sharp for the most part. I did crop some of the pictures because the subject's distance was too far away to view complete detail. The results were excellent. Some simple post processing was done, however, not much.
December 24, 2012
This is my 3rd Nikon body. The D7000 was great but this one is just awesome. Perfect for night photography with excellent shots. The D600 is a combination of the mighty D700 and D7000. Regardless of the issues this is the best entry level FX body.
December 20, 2012
Excellent Beginners full frame
Great camera with great features, if you are looking to get into the world of full frame photography but don't want to spend upwards of 3k this is a great option. I have been using it for a month now, the only two faults i have found are, autofocusing in low light can be slow and dim witted, and some settings with video recording cannot be changed in live view. Most people out there are not looking for a SLR for its video capability. Its a great well rounded camera, if you want a SLR and you need full frame go for the Nikon D600.
December 13, 2012
AWESOME! Worth IT!
I love this camera!! I upgraded from the D5000 which is an amazing learning camera! But I felt i had outgrown the D5000 and wanted to upgrade, I had planned for the D800, but it was ALOT more expensive and i didnt need 36MP. The first time I shot a sunset picture, it was exhilarating! The 24-85mm kit lens is pretty amazing as well, even for a kit lens. The focusing is really fast and low light ISO noise is practically non-existent up until 6400!
I love the time-lapse feature! It saves me so much post editing work. And the videos come out really amazing!
All in all, this is definitely the camera for someone who's outgrown the DX-format! Just a great Camera!
December 8, 2012
Nikon D600 FX
This is a great camera for its size, and it has a lot of muscle. I like its full frame, CMOS, dual SD cards and 24.3 mp. also like that it works with both DX and FX lenses, so its not a lot of money being spent. I have already put a lot of time already and it has been great so far. I like to thank Nikon for putting a Full Frame at this price that can be reach. Now a shout out to Paul's Photo thats a great store, very friendly and smart about this product. Once again thanks Nikon for the D600 it a lot of fun. I call it my DFX.
December 3, 2012
Wonderful tool for stills and 1080 p video with audio monitoring in-camera
I've previously raved about the D3s and D7000, both of which I sold to obtain this camera and other AV gear- specifically to gain several features important to my work. These included 1080p with onboard audio monitoring via headphones, very useful for field video, and a small modular FX body to match my array of mostly FX lenses. This was important to enable me to take full advantage of the super wide-angle 14-24 f/2.8 and 16 f/2.8 fisheye lenses.
Bonuses : in-camera HDR and timelapse, which I've already integrated into my workflow as well as tethered stills and video from Camera Control Pro2. Dual SD slots are very helpful in orgamnizing video and still images, as well as RAW/JPEG. I'm very happy with the image quality.
Summary: Do I miss 11 FPS from the D3s? Whenever I shoot sports, yes. Do I miss the D7000? Not really. Overall, the D600 allows me to execute most of the stills and video projects which I encounter at a very reasonable price.
I anticipate that Adobe will someday soon also allow tethering in Lightroom 4????
December 2, 2012
no oil no nothing excellent camera did not miss a single penny .
November 30, 2012
Awesome Full Frame Ingenuity in a Smaller Package
A great full frame camera with superior resolution and noise control to the D700 and the D7000. It is a great start for more affordable full frame cameras. It feels like it is a part of my hand when shooting because of its lightweight but durable feel. I could care less about the shutter speed or the sync speed or the ISO capabilities in this camera. It does what I need it to and more. Awesome camera.
November 14, 2012
Great Job Nikon
Right out of the box this camera is ready to rock. I own many nikon products but the D600 is the camera that I will have by my side going forward. This camera is amazing. The pictures that are being produced are crisp, the colors are energizing and the look and feel of this body is perfect. Thank you NIKON
November 6, 2012
Great features in a small package
Wow! I just recently upgraded from my D7000 to the D600. What a difference overall with this camera. With all the wonderful features it offers, you can't beat the price.
October 31, 2012
My 1st fx Nikon
Excelent camera for the price,had it for 3weeks and can't complain..
October 30, 2012
I recently upgraded from a D70 to the D600. Holy cow! What a camera. Auto-ISO to 6400 and I have yet to have a problem shooting indoors at f3.5. The images are amazing. They are even good with the D70 kit lense. Grain at 6400 is better than the D70 at 400. Looking forward to getting a nice 50mm prime and seeing what this baby can do.
Love the on camera editing capabilities; the dual slot sd card functionality; the speed (5.5fps may not be sports pro level, but it is quick); the video quality; the built-in AF motor; the wifi option; the active-D lighting; the selective color temperature; the 2 custom user defined modes; the lockable mode dial and lockable release dial; the customizable FN button; etc etc. I could probably keep going, but I'll limit myself.
October 24, 2012
This is a winner!
I finally made the move to a Full Frame camera moving up from my D7000. That camera was, and is, a great camera but this camera is simply amazing. I could go into details that you have probably already read so I won't bother with that. Instead I would like to give advice to those thinking of buying this camera. I love photography and want anyone that decides to get into photography to have a great experience. With that being said the important thing is to pass useful information on. If you are thinking of getting this camera then you are thinking about getting serious with photography. If that is the case then you need to realize that it is not the cost of the camera that is the expensive part. To get the most out of this camera, or any serious camera, you need good lenses. Otherwise it is like cheap tires on a Ferrari. Ultimately you will will need to spend the price of this camera more than a few times over to get a complete set of pro lenses. If you are willing to do that than you will not go wrong with this camera. The artistic part of photography is still up to you but with this camera and the right lenses you will have the ability to capture some truly amazing photos.
October 24, 2012