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
Great resolution -- when it focuses properly. Not pro grade with some features, which is disappointing at the price.
Problems with inconsistent focusing. I would therefore not recommend this camera for that reason alone. I did not experience the spots on the sensor issue though.
I should not have to fine-tune the focusing of every lens I attach to the camera. This is a new and unwelcome experience.
I found the focus points concentrated in the middle to be a problem for me since I had gotten used to the D700/D3 and even the D300 which all seem to have 51 points spread out a bit more.
Also, why did the flash synchronization change from 1/250 sec to 1/200 sec? Not to my liking. I have also found that the flash sync setting does not always stay and appeared to change on its own at times.
The hit-and-miss focusing on a camera I paid $2000 for is a definite game changer for me. I am seriously considering a move to Canon after this fiasco.
April 16, 2014
Disappointed with how Nikon has handled the dust issues.
It has all been said already, I have the dust issues many others have had. The most disappointing aspect is that the Nikon service center refuses to do anything but clean it. It takes great photos, just be prepared to clean it often.
January 13, 2014
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
I traded it in
I traded in my Nikon d600 because of the oil spot issue. Last summer it ruined hundreds of photos that I took while vacationing in Italy with my family. I will never be able to get those moments back. I brought it in to where I bought it for service and it was sent to Nikon. It took several weeks to return. I was told that the shutter box was repaired/replaced. Within a four month period the problem recurred, always in the same location of the photograph (upper left hand corner), and this time ruined photos taken when vacationing on St. John, US Virgin Islands with my family. I am disappointed that Nikon did not recall the d600 and either repair them definitively or give the owners a free d610. I bit the bullet and traded in a camera body that I bought only 18 months ago for $2,000, for only $550. I instead purchased a new d610. Lets hope I have better luck. I hope that Nikon will consider reimbursing me the $1,450 that I lost in the trade in, or giving me a $1,450 credit toward new lenses.
March 9, 2014
Returned due to sensor spots
As long as Nikon requires that owners return the camera for cleaning, this camera was not worth the hassle. Returned for full refund. The sensor spots are really too bad, because it's a beautiful camera.
March 4, 2014
Not worth the $3500, especially when company does not stand behind it's product
After a lot of research I switched my main camera from Canon to Nikon. As of today I would not recommend any Nikon to a friend, nor will my next camera be a Nikon.
The good, the bad, and the ugly -
The camera itself was great, it's got quick focus, relatively quiet, and has ability to refocus on subject during live video shooting. Refocus in video was the single most important reason for me to switch from Canon to Nikon.
As so many others have reported, something inside the camera is leaking, causing visible spotting on the sensor. However, I am not a professional, so I learned about this just recently by an unhappy coincidence. Just a year after purchasing the camera, the charger accompanying it broke. Research on the charger lead me to a slew of articles reporting sensor spotting issues. After confirming that I infact had this problem, I contacted Nikon to seek resolution.
Customer support rep. I spoke with was quiet rude, almost immediately, without listening to anything I said, stated that it's my fault and that no repairs will be covered. To insult to injury, the rep failed to follow up as promised with a link to upload sample photos.
Bottom line: I paid over $3500 for this camera, and within a year, both the camera and accompanying charger are experiencing issues. And my biggest disappointment came when I found that D600 had so many issues, it was discontinued within a year of being released and price has been reduced by over $1000.
So what you have is a premium product which was released broken to the market, and a company which doesn't seem to stand behind it. Why would you ever put yourself in this situation?
January 18, 2014
I would give this camera a great review if it didn't have this huge disappointing defect.
I have had this camera for over a year, so unfortunately the warranty is expired. :/ Have done a ton of shooting with it, and occasionally noticed some spots, but figured that I just needed to clean it.
Today I was shooting in the studio on a white background, and discovered SO MANY dust spots on my images. Carefully and meticulously cleaned the camera, mirror, image sensor (with air only) and still have the exact same spots. Did some research online and discovered that the camera generates oil spots internally and apparently there is no fix for it.
So, so disappointed. I love this camera body in every way, but I am so annoyed that there is this problem with the body and Nikon has not solved it or compensated us for it yet. Nikon, PLEASE do something to compensate your D600 customers. I unfortunately can't recommend this product because of the issue I am experiencing.
January 8, 2014
I have spots, too
Wah, I have spots, too. Never changed the lens, seems to be from inside the camera...
December 9, 2013
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
Dust in sensor after 1000 shots
I own a D600 and notice dust after 1000 shots. I cleaned it with the built in cleaner sensor but dust came back. I would like an answer from Nikon. I would not recommend the product if there is no fix to this.
May 8, 2013
Stay Away from D600!
After getting this camera as a treat and upgrading from a D90, I found very disappointing experience the fact of the "evil" oil/dust spots. If I knew about it I wouldn't spend the money. I does not make sense to have a camera that has a potential to take great pictures if you have to spend time fixing it after. Nikon should be responsible and acknowledge the problem in order to practice good customer service. I'm seriously considering Canon from now on.
May 1, 2013
Don't buy this camera until Nikon addresses the oil spots on sensor
The camera shoots beautiful pictures but I too had issues with the camera kicking oil and dust on the image sensor. I knew it was an issue but I took my chances in hopes that Nikon addressed the issues at the production level.
I was horribly disappointed that they didn't. For me that's a deal breaker. Nikon dropped the ball with this one.
I returned the camera to Bestbuy and bought a Canon 6D. Great job Nikon for losing a loyal customer.
April 22, 2013
Poor Quality Control I would not purchase again!! Stay away from this camera
I have owned a D50, D80 and currently a D300. I thought this would be a good way to go to full frame but wow what a mistake this camera is. My D600 had 80 shutter action when I started getting oil spots on the sensor. I sent in a ticket and they said blow off the sensor. Now I have bigger smears. I sent the package in for repair but I get no notice of where it is. All I have is my UPS receipt showing that it was signed for. To top that off it cost me $60 to ship it in for Nikons horrible quality control. When you use your camera to make a living and all of a sudden you are out with no word on when they will return it... lets just say I am glad I still have my D300. If you are looking for a new full frame camera stay away from this one! In fact if I were not vested in lenses I would look at Canon over nikon. This has only proven that nikon has very poor support, quality control and customer service. Don't believe me? Well you can just google D600 sensor issue like I did when I noticed it and find 1000's of complaints. In fact I found several consumer publications that reported the issue. I wish I would have done my homework before I blew 2 grand.
April 1, 2013
Unbelievably Poor Quality Control
I purchased the D600 in spite of the negative reviews. I actually thought I would be one of the "lucky" ones that had no problems with dust/oil on the sensor. I was sorely mistaken.
After about 100 photos dust was visible in every photo. I had the camera cleaned by a professional photographer associate and that seemed to solve the problem for about another 300 photos. The dust returned so badly that I was spending more time removing specks in Photoshop than in doing all other editing combined. I refuse to have to clean the camera every month, so I returned it. Fortunately, I had purchased it from Costco, so there was no problem getting my money back.
Like other users, I'm totally turned off to Nikon for their lack of quality control and customer support on this camera. It's really too bad, because every professional review of the D600 rates the image quality as extraordinary. It's odd though that only dpreview.com commented on a dust problem. I wish other reviewers had commented on this. Perhaps a little national criticism would have forced Nikon to admit and correct their mistake.
I've used Nikon for all of my 40+ years of photography. In that time I've owned 9 Nikon bodies and dozens of Nikkor lenses. The D600 issue has turned me against Nikon, although it will be difficult to switch to a new system. What Nikon needs to remember is that they're not the only game in town. Twenty years ago you had to choose among Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, and Minolta film cameras. Now, besides those makes (well, Sony took over Minolta), there are other big players in the digital market. Nikon is in danger of losing a big chunk of the market by alienating LOYAL Nikon users. Not the smartest marketing decision.
I'd love a full frame DSLR. I couldn't afford the D800 and thought the D600 was the way to go. I'll take some time to decide if I even want to remain a Nikon user or switch to a Company that treats its customers with more respect.
March 25, 2013