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
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
I bought my D600 refurbished thinking that the infamous dirt/oil sensor issues would've been corrected. That was, unfortunately, not the case. This one shows about five sizable and fifteen small spots in the upper left corner of photos in post. I first noticed it at about 600 actuations and it's now worse at 1200.
The D600 is everything that I wanted out of a FX body. I will send this one back and hope (realizing that hope isn't really a plan) to get one that has a clean bill of health. The bigger and slower D800 is an alternative option but don't know how I feel about throwing Nikon more money if this cannot be resolved.
I would avoid buying a D600 until it's out-of-the-box reliability improves.
March 24, 2013
Poorest customer service, design quality and corrective action processes I have ever seen!
I continue to read about issues of oil spots on the sensors. I see Nikon doing NOTHING as to acknowledging there is a problem with the D600 and D7000. I will never use Nikon products again until they address these issues and Nikon changes their service culture for addressing design issues more proactively.
I continue to get responses from Nikon stating there is no know problem that their company is aware of. And they state that service item are not warranty issues. For those of you with this problem, it will not go away. Soon as you have the sensor cleaned, it will reoccur!!!!!
March 21, 2013
Brand new with spots on the sensor
I purchased the Nikon D600 kit from Costco last week with great expectation. The pictures had spots all over them especially in the left upper corner. I called Nikon and they simply said I can send the camera in for testing and repair, or I can go to the vendor and return it. After debating I'm choosing to return it. I don't have confidence in a product that has problems right out of the box. After looking more into the issue, which I didn't know is being called "oil spots" by many, apparently this is a wide spread problem that wasn't discussed in many excellent reviews I read about the camera - which lead me to consider and buy it in the first place.
I added two samples reduced to 72 dpi. The blue is a full frame shot of clear sky, and the other is a section of upper left frame section. Both show the spot. When you see them at high res @ 100% you really get upset.
I wish I had a direct communication possibility with Nikon. Not just a careless operator on the other side of a call doing her job.
All my life I used Canon products. 35 years shooting. I wanted to make this switch with this camera. I guess I stay with Canon for now.
March 5, 2013
My wife and I were very excited when the Nikon D600 came out since it offered the Full Frame option at an affordable price. We noticed that Cost-co was offering the camera for $2900 with the 24-85 VR Lens and the 70-300 VR Lens. When we took the camera through its paces we were not satisfied with the quality of the pictures in either the DX or FX mode. The picture quality did not seem to match with our Canon Rebel Xs 12 MP camera and was purchased a few years ago at a quarter of the price as that of the D600.
We returned the camera and since Costco had lowered the price $900 we decided to try again. The picture quality of this the new D600 was substantially better than the previous one. We figured we got a lemon the first time and were very happy with the new camera until we were taking pictures in Sedona. After we took pictures at one location I put the camera in the case until we arrived at the next location. When I took the camera out of the bag at the next place we stopped with a great overlook to my amazement the 24-85 mm autofocus had stopped working. I changed lenses to the 70-300 lens an it too would not autofocus. I changed lenses several times back and forth adjusting the lenses and the camera settings to see if some of the settings has changed and it did not appear that they had. All I did was set the camera in the bag between locations. I ended up taking the camera to a camera shop and they confirmed that for some reason the lenses were not working.
So off to Costco we went again to return the Camera and get a new one. We received a new camera and were getting ready to take it out to the botanical garden and in setting the camera up and running it through its paces immediately I realized that the viewfinder focus adjust dial would not focus at all so you could clearly see what you were shooting. I view this as a lack of quality control on Nikons part and since this was the third camera in three months we decided it was not worth the money and we returned it.
We are very disappointed and debated on trying a fourth but we decided we will wait for something better to come along. 3 tries, 3 problems not the quality you would expect in a professional camera.
March 3, 2013
Bought the "new" D600 after purchasing the D800 with the infamous left focus and oil problem that occurs in many of the early D800's.
Loved the IQ of the D600, had no clue that the higher the f/stop the more dirt shown on my images, so I set out on the trip of a lifetime, took some fabulous shots in the Southwestern U.S. only to find when I got back to Virginia that I was going to have to spend hours of laborious "cleaning" in Photoshop to make the NEF files presentable in any size above 4"X6" Obviously, the D600 and I have parted ways. I sold it at a bargain basement price with the disclosure that the camera was "trash."
I don't know what path Nikon is taking right now, but I think they need to rethink EVERYTHING they're doing. I understand about the Tsunami and the flooding in Thailand, but this is NOT what I think of when I think Nikon.
The worst note: I sold a wonderfully productive and weather sealed D3X to purchase these "lower-end" consumer-grade cameras. I will be much more careful in the future. I now own 2 D800's, both of which have been to Melville already. That's a first for me. I've NEVER had to send a camera body to Melville since I took up photography in 1975!
I DO NOT recommend the D600 to friends, relatives, enemies, or people I generally dislike for no reason.
January 25, 2013
OIL & DUST SPOTS!
I upgraded from my D90 to get the D600; I have about 1000 shots on my D600 and started recently seeing spots on the images when I loaded them to my laptop; I went into the camera settings and cleaned the sensor. I took it out for a few sunset shots yesterday Jan 20, 2013 and some images had 20-30 spots on them 'MANY MORE SPOTS'. I also purchased a new 24-120mm f4 lens to go with it and I haven't taken it off since I put it on the D600 body. Very disappointing!!!! and now I have to send it off to get the sensor cleaned because I can't return it to the store because I'm around 6 days past the 30 day store return policy! Besides the spots- I like the camera! Hopefully when I send it off and when I get it back that the problem will be resolved. I wouldn't recommend the D600 to anyone until they fix this issue.
January 21, 2013
After purchasing this camera from an authorized Nikon dealer, I noticed spots on the image sensor which seems to be a common occurrence. I decided to send the camera to Nikon for service, but they refused to service it, stating that it was "Gray Market" even though I provided a legitimate US warranty card from an authorized US seller. Additionally, they would not disclose to me how they determined it was "Gray Market", and the only way for me as a consumer to determine this is to send the camera in for service.
If you purchase this camera, I suggest you send it in to Nikon immediately so they can decide whether they plan to honor their warranty. Otherwise, you might get stuck with a dirty image sensor and NIkon won't lift a finger to help you.
January 19, 2013
Wait to buy
This potentially great camera has a serious flaw that Nikon refuses to acknowledge: the sensor issue. Fortunately I have a great retailer who agreed to exchange the body and hopefully I'll be luckier this time around.
However, I would caution potential buyers of this product to be very careful and buy only from a retailer that would accept a return/exchange. Or, wait until Nikon states the problem has been identified and fixed.
January 18, 2013
Great camera -- too bad that it develops dust in the sensor.
I got some great pictures out of this camera. I love the weight, handling, and the 24.3 MP. I am disappointed about the dust on sensor problem. I read some of the rumors but I thought that this was an isolated problem to a few cameras. It seems now a widespread problem. Two months into it, 2000 shots and some of the pictures are unusable because of spots around the upper corners of the sensor. Nikon's response was: send it for cleaning, 3 weeks later we might get your camera back. The retailer response was,: learn to clean your sensor. Don't like either. If I had not invested also in a lens collection, I would dump it and go for a different system. Don't buy unless you want to learn how to clean sensors.
January 9, 2013
With this many reports of the dust-oil issue why won't Nikon do something ? I sent one back already and will send the second one back if it develops the same issue.
January 3, 2013