Great Full Frame but.....
The D600 is an exceptional camera. This is my first FX body and was ecstatic to finally move into the full frame sensor. The low light capabilities are astonishing. Color rendering and dynamic range are phenomenal. Very light weight which some might view as a negative, but I see that as a positive. I'm not a professional by any means, but a passionate enthusiast. I have 2 lenses currently (50mm 1.8 g and the 28-300 VRII). Great image quality from both. I ordered the camera with the 50mm and later purchased the 28-300. I am amazed at the sharpness and clarity of the images from the 28-300. I haven't found a reason yet to take it off the camera. In fact, I have only changed the lens once since receiving the 28-300. That's why I am perplexed why I have dust/oil spots on my images. I have maybe 1,000 shutter clicks and I need to clean my sensor? I previously owned a D5000 and have taken thousands of pictures. I have never saw this issue and never cleaned the sensor? I paid around $500 for that body. Now I spend $2100 and get this? I'm quite disappointed.
November 16, 2012
not an upgrade from the d300s
I have been shooting with Nikon for a while now. I have been using the D300s for the past couple years and decided to upgrade to a full frame. I bought the d600 a few days ago and was extremely disappointed. The body felt like a child's camera, I ended up returning it and buying a D800. This camera is definitely a step up for those shooting with a d7000 but i would suggest those who have a d300s buy the d800.
October 4, 2012
Great features, I guess, in an ugly package
I received the D600 last Tuesday afternoon. The only thing I have done with this camera is to take it out of the box and hold it in my hands. I really hate the way it feels and looks: the hand grab is not large enough, the camara could have been a little wider in order to keep a pleasent look and balance since it is so thick. I am sure it will look worse if you attach the vertical handle and battery pack. This camara really looks and feels like the D7000 and the rest of the less expensive cameras. So I have not even tried or connected this camera, and if I have not returned it yet it is because everyone so far says that this is going to be a great camera and I am waiting to see if I get used to the way it looks. If I keep it, I will replace it as soon as something with similar characteristics and better looks comes out. I am hoping for a digital camera with the looks of the old SLRs, but with a full size processor. Olympus and Fujifilm have already starting this trend, but unfortunately they do not have a full size processor. I do not know why Nikon did not use the body of the Nikon F6, which they are still making or something similar. I think their designers need to be more aware of new trends, The DSLRs have, up to now, beeing just ugly and oversized. I can recommed this product to those who you can overlook its looks and cheap feel.
September 28, 2012
Amazing Camera, ......but
I have owned D70, D200, D300, D7000, Nikon 1 V1, and D600.
The D600 is almost identical in size and feel as the D7000 although the grip isn't as comfortable.
Images are really amazing....but
I also have problem with oil spatter on sensor from shutter.
Seems there are a lot of reports of this online. This should have been caught in QC
Problem is currently in the hands of Dealer and Nikon Service
October 22, 2012
Super Images With Design Flaw
I purchased this camera body like many others as my first FX sensor. I needed a body while I sent my D7000 in for oil spots (another story). The high ISO capabilities are super and blow away my D7100 that I use for wildlife. I have 25,000 actuations on this body and still have to wet clean the sensor every few hundred shots which has cost several hundred dollars in cleaning supplies. Nikon refuses to admit to their design flaw yet has released the D610 with identical specs but with a new shutter mechanism to correct this issue. Nikon Service will not acknowledge this flaw and offers no support for those of us stuck with this issue. Also the MB-D14 does not fit as securely as the MB-D15 on my D7100. So for anybody considering using this at apertures smaller than f/8 (Landscapes and Macro) I suggest you avoid this camera.
October 17, 2013
Sensor dust and dirt?
So I debated long and hard over this or Canon. Took the Nikon plunge. Here I am about 300 shots later with.... (dust?) (dirt?), (oil?) spots on the sensor. This from Nikon? It is back to the camera shop too see what my options are.
June 19, 2013
4-star camera but for the spots and Nikon's attitude to this issue
I bought my Nikon D600 in November 2012 and haven't done a lot of exposures yet. Probably less than 1,000. Last weekend, I took a shot with a lot of sky and noticed three or four spots. I was aware when I bought the camera that some proportion of the cameras were afflicted with spots on the sensor, but hoped that I'd delayed buying the camera long enough. Nikon has not been forthright on what that proportion has been over the months since the camera's release, and I kidded myself I'd waited long enough for the problem to be fixed. No such luck it seems. The attached test shot shows about 15 spots mostly on the left side of the image, some fairly sharp and some blotchy and larger. I change my lenses in the house and also in about five years of owning a D70, only had the camera cleaned twice when just a few spots appeared. Looks like I'm going to have to buy a cleaning kit and learn from a friend who was a professional photographer to clean this camera myself.
Other than this issue, the camera is a big step up for me with so many creative features I will be learning to use it to its maximum capability for years. Resolution is terrific compared with that from the D70.
I also own an older Panasonic G2 micro-four thirds format camera. Much smaller and lighter but still capable of very good images for the amateur photography enthusiast, and both Panasonic and Olympus continue to improve their cameras with this shared format. While the images may not be quite as good, my Panasonic G2 is relatively light and unobtrusive and also offers lots of creative control. I still tend to pick it up when I leave the house rather than the newer, chunkier D600.
If Nikon were serious about my business, they'd be sending me and all other Nikon D600 owners a few certificates for free one-day cleaning with overnight FedEx each way, and being open about the issue. Their one public statement on the issue was far too little, too late.
This camera is likely to be my last DSLR and my last Nikon.
April 30, 2013
Great Features, Low Build Quality
For the first three months that I owned this camera I was very pleased. It is feature-rich and produces very high quality images. The low weight is fantastic and it really just feels good in my hands, though they are somewhat large. I shoot mostly outdoors and tote my camera along on hikes and plane rides, so it gets shaken and bumped around inevitably. Long story short, after a very minor impact which was not even enough to make a scratch on the outside of my 70-200 lens or the camera body, the frame on the inside of the body broke and cannot be repaired. This sort of treatment wasn't anything that ever effected any of the other 3 Nikon DSLR's that I've owned. To top things off, Nikon's service and support has been no help whatsoever. I truly would have expected better customer service after spending so much money on one of their highest-end products.
I would have given the D600 (and Nikon's customer service) one star, but I'll give it two since I enjoyed it so much before it broke. Overall, very disappointed. Anyone wishing to travel outside of your home with this camera, be wary. I've certainly had a very unpleasant experience with this camera and I've heard of plenty of similar stories from others as well.
April 22, 2013
Give us D700 body with D600's sensor!
I am gonna wait until Nikon fixed this oil spot problem or Give us D700 body with D600's sensor!
Do not buy D600!!!
March 25, 2013
So good but so flawed
The Good: Super light weight for a FX. I could not tell the difference in weight between my D7000 and the D600.
The Bad: Dust and spots on the left side after 25 shots. I blew them out put my 50mm prime on the camera and began shooting again. I could see the dust accumulating on the left side while shooting another 75 pictures. This dust is coming from within the camera. I did not change lenses. The dust lessened over the next 500 shots. Then I get the dreaded oil residue in the top left corner after about 850 shots. I am returning and keeping my D7000 until Nikon can correct the problem.
March 5, 2013
Not what I expected...
Having owned a D2x, D300s and D700, the D600 falls way behind in build quality. It feels cheap in your hands and looks like nothing more than an overpirced D7000. I expected a PRO quality camera for my $2K and the more I use it the less I like it. It has adopted the 39 point D7000 autofocus system which doesn't cover the FX frame sufficiently. Color balance is on the cold side favoring blues & greens which does nothing for skin tones. You must customize the color balance for accurate color reproduction. On auto white balance your color tonesvary from pic to pic so make sure you set correctly and not leave it to the camera. I had high expectations for the D600, now I'm just dissapointed....
February 13, 2013
Nikon color shift?
I was set on purchasing this camera moving up from the D90 but i decided to rent it first to be sure I would be happy with it. Two things I noticed, the focus are all group in the center, not entirely a deal breaker but the main issue is the newer Nikon's have a problem with color produced, slightly green. I shoot raw & have never had an issue with the D90. I am very concerned with the quality control from Nikon. So I am looking for a used D700, beautiful color, or switching to Canon. So Nikon, please consider taking a step back, not sure what the change is but it's not a good one.
February 7, 2013
Good pics of dust/oil
Got camera on first day of release, been waiting for month for it. First one, tons of black dots on pics. Second one, same thing in same area(ul corner). Third one was good until after about 500 shots, then same thing. Tried it one more time and after 1000 shot repeat of same issue. Finally returned and will wait and see. I wouldn't have been concerned if spot were random but they were All in around the same area for all 4 d600. Considering selling all gear and switch sides. Camera is gret over all except a few things: Nikon went cheap on AF coverage and low light focusing, some inconsistent wb in low light situations. Not sure why Nikon has not stepped up and say something about dust/oil issue even if it is only a small percentage has the problem. Give us the confidence in your product!!! I would NOT recommend d600 at the present time until this issue is evaluated and addressed.
January 26, 2013
On second body
Overall this camera is magnificent and is really the best camera out of the box I have ever used. The images are crisp, the camera is ergonomically sound and the image quality is outstanding. Unfortunately oil spots appeared in the upper corners after about 300 shutter clicks. This is especially noticeable in the sky of low aperture shots, but basically the spots are in every shot and became more numerous with time. The camera was a present from my wife for Christmas, and I returned it under the store's 90 day return policy. We will see how the new body works out. I am afraid of having to ultimately send it back to Nikon as I hear that it is returned at the customer's expense and it is usually gone for 6 weeks. The Nikon website says that this is "dust" and that the sensor needs to be cleaned periodically. However, 300 shutter releases (all with the same lens that was attached at first use) seems to be a little beyond the Pale. all of the spots are circular and translucent, appear in the corners and multiply over time. They are easily removed in Photoshop with the cloning tool. This seems to be a VERY common problem - I wish Nikon would make an announcement about it along with a permanent fix. if the spots were not there, this would be the best camera on the market.
January 13, 2013
Excellent camera without the dust / oil
I upgraded to this camera from my 10 year old D100. Love it! Great color, resolution, sharpness.
However, the oil/dust spots spoil the fun after a while. I ended up returning the camera and will wait until Nikon fixes the issue. Nikon, this camera is to brilliant to mess it up with such a minor QC issue.
December 5, 2012
Great camera - once the oil spot issue has been resolved
This is a great full-frame camera in terms of image quality, weight/size/handling. However, I also have noticed the oil spot problem, visible as multiple spots on the upper left quadrant of my images (at small apertures). My posting on the Product Forum asking for advice (should I return my D600 or hope for a fix by sending it in?) has been removed. I am hoping Nikon will finally publicly acknowledge this as a problem and reassure us that they are working on fixing it and that the fix (or, if needed, replacement of the camera) will be offered to all owners of D600s with this problem. Without this reassurance, I am planning to return my D600 to the seller next week.
December 1, 2012
Great pictures of dust spots.
Over decent camera. Low light focus could be a lot better for 2k range. -1ev is not the best for low light focusing. Aperture issue is a problem but I read the firmware is coming so hopefully it will be fixed. Auto focus is better than d7k but coverage area is too small and requires more recomposing. DR is great. Extra functions could be better like HDR and bracketing. Button layout is not the best(iso button is still hard to get to but that can be over come). May gripe I have is the amount of dust this camera gets!! I'm on my third body now and have to return it again. May just have to do without a camera until Nikon fixes issue that they do not see or just switch system I have been eyeing on. But if dust issue is corrected then it is a decent camera for the price.
November 18, 2012
Oil spots only after 1000 shots
After 1000 shots, I discovered there are patches of gray spots on the upper left of my picture. Googled the problem and found out that lots of D600 users have similar problem with oil and dust spots. It is really disappointing. Otherwise, I love the camera's ability to handle low light. I got fantastic pictures at ISO 6400.
November 1, 2012
Orange gradient on images
I purchased D600 3 days ago, love it but I saw some unexpected orange gradient on my images, I took 6 consecutive shots with same settings and uploaded it for you to see. It's on manual and the white balance is on K5260, the un even gradient will be visible at iso 200 and above ( you can see a big difference in images 2,3 & 4, it's un acceptable for portraits ). I also went to the shop where I bought this camera and the people there can't answer my problem, we also tried some d600 and its having the same issue. Hope that Nikon can fix this thing and please advise me what to do.
October 2, 2012
Purchased this camera as an upgrade from my D90 for a 2 month trip to Africa. The dust/oil problem on the sensor completely turned me away from using the camera. Any pictures with slow shutter speeds and any landscape photos were completely destroyed by the dust spots. The camera sat in my bag for most of the trip.
March 16, 2013
Also problems with oil spots.
I also have problems with oil spots when shooting at smaller apertures. When I contacted Nikon they said they would look after it but I am responsible for shipping costs. This is very poor considering this is an out of the box problem. I guess I have to buy an extended warranty in order for my dealer to look after me. I like the quality of the full format pictures but am annoyed with this situation!!! I would wait some time for Nikon to resolve this problem before buying this camera.
December 7, 2012
3rd time / Oil/Dust on Sensor continues at 1 year !
This last YEAR has been a nightmare with this camera. It's been in for repairs three times because within a month of getting the camera back, the same problem comes up again. If you want to clean your own sensor every few weeks and don't mind putting up with post processing removal of these spots, this camera is for you. I hate this camera right now. They replaced the shutter but that didn't help at all. The spots showed up just as fast (grouped in the upper left hand corner) as any of the other times it has been in. Nikon says they will just keep "fixing" the problem" because "when it leaves their shop, everything is okay." No explanation has ever been given even though I have asked many times. My friend just bought a new D600 and noticed the dust/oil spots on day number 1, so it would appear even new D600 have the same issue. If spots on your pictures aren't a problem, it's a great camera otherwise.
November 21, 2013
Dust issue and Nikon's response
This has to be the worse camera Nikon has put out. Not for the picture quality... for that it ranks almost #1`
But to have a camera loose half its value in a year... due to the fix release of the D610 and a lot of ticked off consumers and pros out there with this camera... because of all the chatter on the internet about this issue.
Nikon should have had better customer relations and in my situation... better customer service and repair. It would have been cheaper for them to refund or recall D600s and actually came up with a fix for those cameras instead of throwing D600 owners under the bus. Owners only have one recourse now and that is give negative reviews which reach millions of prospective buyers.
If you are in the market for a new DSLR... please wait for a year to choose any new Nikon body. Either that or get a used D300s or D700. They are better cameras.
November 18, 2013
It might be a good camera, but
I am going to hold off writing a full review.
I am sending my D600 back to Nikon Repair. I am not very confident that it will be returned in any better condition than what it is now without the Shutter assembly and sensor being replaced.
When it is returned, I will come back and write a review.
November 8, 2013
Dust Oil Spot continues for a year despite repair.
Had this camera for a year and Nikon hasn't been able to repair it, the spots on the sensor continue. A friend bought a NEW D600 camera several months ago, he is having the same issue. Buyer beware, you've been warned.
October 9, 2013
Great camera design ruined by poor workmanship
This is an example of a great design and concept ruined by poor workmanship. My D600 started showing spots on the sensor after three weeks, and after four weeks the spots were massive and the camera was useless. See an example of the problem with my D600 in the attached image. The upper left corner is covered with spots, and the self-cleaning feature of the camera does nothing to reduce the spots.
August 26, 2013
3rd time back for oil/dust issues
I absolutely love this camera except for the continuing issues with oil spots on the sensor. This is unacceptable to me. The camera is less than a year old and this is the 3rd time back to be cleaned. they have replaced the shutter twice but the problem keeps coming back. Each time it comes back from the factory repair the oil spots return within 500 shots. This has caused me much down time and post processing time eliminating these spots. I can not in good conscience give this camera more than 1 star at this time. I hope they can resolve this issue soon. I have attached a photo of a blank white wall processed in View NX2 to illustrate this problem. Most of the spots are in the upper left quadrant of the frame although they appear in other areas as well.
August 1, 2013
Terrible issues with sensor dust
I have had this camera for approximately 8 months (4000 shots) and there is a buildup of dust, oil and grease on the sensor that now accumulates on a monthly basis.
Although this is a commonly recognized fault of the camera, I cannot get it serviced overseas. even though the camera is still under warranty. I'm travelling a lot but an expected to ship it home each time even though Nikon has offices everywhere!
Its understandable that faults do happen, but a real pity that Nikon won't accept responsibility for it.
July 10, 2013
Too much oil spots
I had the Nikon d3100, Nikon d7000 and I decided to move to the d600... a $2k FX camera.. It is an incredible camera BUT the oil spots on its sensor area a serious big problem... I am Ecuador (south America) and there is no NIKON Support Service so I cannot do anything to solve this problem... Every 500 shoots I must clear the oil spots.. Now I decided to sell this camera and move to the D7100 (downgrade) I hope this camera have no problem
June 24, 2013
Oil spots on sensor within first month
After only a few hundred shots we noticed spots on our images. Used a Rocket to blow off any dust, as we had changed lenses a few times. That removed all but two of the spots, which we suspected to be the dreaded D600 oil spotting issue. Interestingly, the spots were not in the upper left as many have reported. One was upper center, the other lower right.
Called Nikon. After verifying the problem with our submitted images they sent us a mailing label as local service Nikon service centers are not qualified to do the repair. It's been two weeks and we have yet to see a notification of shipment back to us.
We're very disappointed, Nikon. You've had plenty of time to address this issue with a redesign of the D600. It would be an awesome tool if not for this problem.
June 14, 2013