The camera is amazing. For the price, it's unbeatable. I own two, both had the "dust on the sensor" issue. Shot a few thousand rounds, cleaned the sensors. A couple thousand actuation a later, still clean. It's just NOT as big of a deal as the Internet is making it. I agree it would be if it continued...but it doesn't. It's been blown WAY out of proportion. The camera in my opinion is the best to date, for the size, and price point.
March 11, 2013
Superb images notwithstanding intial dirty sensor setback
FIRST THE SENSOR SPOTS,ETC: I purchased the Nikon D600 in Oct of 2012. I was aware of the sensor dust/oil problem but bought it knowing that the same experience with my D7000 cleared up after a couple thousand shots. Given the design of the D600 is basically the same as the D7000 I was confident that the sensor problem would simply go away. That said I still sent it to Nikon in November and they cleaned the mirror box which is the commonly accepted cause of this issue as well as the sensor which got rid of the problem straight-away. I ensure that I run the in-camera sensor clean function once before starting a day's shooting. If the sensor becomes contaminated such that my Giottos blower can't remove it then I use wet swabs which is very easy with a full frame sensor. I HIGHLY recommend all owners of this camera with this problem do the same. I am very disappointed at the seeming lack of quality control by Nikon in first releasing the D7000 with it's problems and then, apparently not learning a thing from that experience allowing the same type of blunder to occur upon releasing the D600 to market. I really like using Nikon equipment which offers outstanding performance but this QC issue could dramatically hurt their profits down the line since many people are intolerant of this kind of failure. New customers in particular.
NOW TO THE CAMERA: My specific requirement was a full frame camera with low ISO capability and exceptionally wide dynamic range without breaking the bank. The D600 offered it all at a price that was right for me. I paid full retail for the body only and even with all the subsequent discounts I am not disappointed in the least. The improvement in dynamic range with the D600 over the D7000, which was very good, is quite noticeable. Nature photography is my primary interest along with landscape images. In absolutely every respect I am more than satisfied with the image quality of the D600 and those images are everything that I had learned to expect from a first class full frame camera.
I considered the D800 but I was already used to the ergonomics of the D7000 which are nearly identical in the D600 so the more professional controls on the D800 did not interest me. The 36 megapixels would have been nice but after considerable inspection of photos take with the D800 and the D600 under virtually identical circumstances with the same lenses I could not discern enough of a difference to warrant the additional price of the D800.
After dealing with the sensor problem I can still confidently recommend the D600 to anyone ALSO willing to do the same. Once past the sensor brouhaha the images the D600 produces are nothing short of awe inspiring.
February 23, 2013
Superb full frame camera. Video so-so
I have been holding out on a dslr until a full frame Canon or Nikon came within the realm of amateur useful / somewhat affordable - and advanced enough to be relevant for 5 years. I looked at the 5d mark ii, as my sister in law had them. it was ok. my brother in law had the D7000 with the FX-ED 28-70 mm lense - and the pictures were amazing. But no full frame.
The D800 was exciting, but still a bit intimidating for my skill level and was a pricey risk to take.
The D600 was perfect! I have read all of the dust spots and oil complaints and had some reservations. I have had the camera since late December 2012 and must say I have not seen any issues, although I have not changed out the lens once (i have the 28-300 nikon fx-ed lens that came in a kit, which is pretty darn good, and an older nikon speedlight which works quite well) and I store the camera in a clean area. I am also not a professional, exposing my camera to the somewhat abusive environments many professionals operate within.
The pictures are amazing. Outdoor, indoor - day and night, all superb. Focus and natural color is fantastic. Compare to any lesser dslr, smaller - but still expensive point and shoots, the d600 will make you wish you had the camera for all important events. The standard flash integrated in the unit is actually not bad for smaller scale photos. I have nothing but happiness about the photos.
The video, on the other hand leaves much to be desired, and should only be used if you don't feel like lugging a camcorder.
The video is good, but it is resolution without any handy features most camcorders have. Also, the microphone picks up all of the autofocus and lens movements. It is annoying - really annoying.
If you want a dslr for video - unless I have an unusual case - this camera is no good at all. You will not be happy with the sound - as all you will be hearing is a metallic pinging every second of the video - if there is focus adjustment, which there normally will be. I thought the feature would be useful - so I was happy to have it and took the video as a freebie benefit. It turns out I am still thrilled with the photos and the video proves the freebie is getting what you pay for!!
As a camera - unless you are a true pro - I can't imagine a much better camera on the market. My sister-in-law is a pro and has Canon 5D Mark II's. I feel canon/nikon loyalties are like Chevy/ford loyalties. But, objectively speaking, I do not like the Canon as much as the D600. It just seems photo quality is a step beneath. People can say it is an older technology, but to me, a full frame and optics - should reflect similar photo quality. I suppose I am wrong as I feel the Nikon is much closer to my 35mm film Nikon SLR, which is amazing.
Knowing full well I would buy all new lenses, body, speedlight (although I am still using my old one as it works very well), I figured I was getting a Canon or Nikon. I had very bad experiences with Nikon point and shoots, and I have loved every small Canon I bought, including the G11 for my wife. So I was a bit disappointed in Nikon. The D600 was a risk I took from reading magazine reviews. Plus, I found the 5D mark II to be good, but an outdated product about to be replaced by a newer camera that was even more than the D800!! I trusted the magazine reviews and got the d600 and it was worth every penny and is phenomenal. I love it. Get a couple high speed sandisk 32gb sdcards. Awesome camera / tons of storage - 2 slots. You'll love it too.
February 22, 2013
Best Camera Yet
I upgraded from a D5000. When this camera first came out I knew it was for me. It was exactly what I was looking for. The dust issue was a little unsettling. I waited a good six months to purchase hoping that it would be resolved. It was worth the wait and I have not had any problems.
It has far exceeded my expectations. Pairing it with the 85 mm lens makes it a dream combination.
February 21, 2013
This is my fist full-frame camera and I absolutely love it. The image quality is stunning. Very good in low light conditions, and I really have nothing bad to say!
February 19, 2013
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