Dust or solid particles on sensor
The D600 offers a great image quality and superb low light capability that is hard to find among the DSLRs. Initially, I was very excited about my D600 and started taking pictures and was amazed by the quality of the images (See my earlier review on Oct 23). Unfortunately, after shooting 500 or so pictures, I noticed dark spots on the upper and left hand side of all pictures which are easily visible in high aperture settings.
I have been using Nikon for almost thirty years and very familiar with the quality of the product. I also have engineering background. After spending some time analyzing the issue, I concluded that these particles are either dust that due to weak dust sealing pass through the gaps between the internal components of the camera, or possibly chipped off paint or metal from inside of the camera that find their way to the surface of the sensor.
Bottom line is that this is a fantastic camera; however, it has a serious problem with the quality and/or design. It is not acceptable for a new camera to have such issue.
Nikon should admit to this problem and take immediate corrective action for three reasons.
1) It is unacceptable for a new camera to have such issue
2) We have paid over $2,000 for this camera
3) Nikon’s brand loyalty will fade
Nikon, please admit to this issue and offer a solution.
November 14, 2012
Dots all over the sensor
I bought my D600 the first week it went out and was very happy about it.
Great camera all over EXCEPT that when I do long exposures at f16 or so, I can see some spots all over the picture, especially on the top left corner.
This is not acceptable from the best brand of cameras ever, and at more than 2000$.
Nikon acknowledge this please, there are so many complains - and it seems that the dots come back even after a sensor cleaning...
November 11, 2012
Many Spots on sensor, Nikon refuses to acknowledge or fix problem.
I have shot with Nikon for many years. I've also owned 2 other digital bodies, been around many professional photographers, stay in touch with the latest news, and overall consider myself a serious amateur photographer. I was looking forward to the D600 even before the release and spent $2095 buying the body which I coupled with Nikon's best lenses in the world - namely the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 .
The first thing I noticed was that the Auto Focus points were too close to the center to the point where I could not shoot anything off center without doing some focusing and recomposing. I could live with that. I also noticed in low light, even with those fine lenses, the camera had a very hard time focusing and a few times even the center point could not focus. Again, I could live with that though disappointing.
The unforgivable thing however is that after a shoot on a beautiful day at ISO 100 f/8-f/16, I got home and loaded up the giant raw files in lightroom and right away noticed very visible spots (looked like oil to me) on the sensor. I tried blowing them off and took a few more pictures, and they were still there.
I also noticed many other people on flickr and various other blogs and photography sites had the exact same problem. I would say about a 100 people. Most people aren't savvy enough to check for this so the number is probably much much higher than that.
I thought Nikon would stand behind their product, but a very rude person on the phone told me that there were no widespread problems and basically that it's my imagination. It took her about 10 seconds to look at the 5 pictures i had uploaded (nobody answered the email) and judge that there was nothing wrong and if I FELT that there is an issue, she would be nice enough to give me the link to send the camera in. I asked about a shipping label, and she said no. So a camera that owned less than 5 days and had spent $2095 on, (in addition to the other $6000 in lenses and lights) was defective, and Nikon wants me to spend $50 to insure and mail it in so they can take a look at it!
I decided to send it for a replacement to the dealer but I have been told by many others that it won't help. Nikon needs to:
1. acknowledge there is a problem
2. offer a free solution.
Before you apologists and fanboys jump in and minimize the issue, this is not regular dust. there are dozens of dust specs in a new camera. My D90 had no such issues and it's 4 years old!
November 4, 2012
Great Camera but Fatally Flawed
I bought this camera with great expectations back in late December 2012. It produces excellent images and performs very well in lower light. With a full frame sensor I was able to use my FX lenses to their full potential. Compared to my old D80 it was a huge step up.
Within a couple of months I realized that I had a lemon. By late April 2013(4 months) the sensor was so dirty with dust spots and oil blobs that images with any sort of blue sky required extensive work in Lightroom to make them useable. See image below.
At this point I sent the camera into Nikon Canada for servicing under warranty. The return time was quick and I was hopeful that the oil and dust problem was resolved. According to the invoice the shutter (defective?) was replaced. Initial images looked good.
Fast forward to September 2013 (4 months later) - noticeable spotting in images with blue sky or white water (I do a lot of slow exposure work with water). I did a couple of sky tests and lo and behold - spots and blobs. I've attached two images, one at f/5.6 which shows a mostly clean sky with some large round blobs. The second image at f/22 shows the blobs but also significant spotting along the left side of the frame.
Needless to say the camera is going back to Nikon Canada a second time for more servicing this week.
At the cost of $2000 I'd expect a camera that doesn't need cleaning an a shutter replacement every 4 months. This is a defective camera and should no longer be sold. Avoid it at all cost, regardless of the price.
November 15, 2013
Oil spot issue ruined everything
I've been a long-time Nikon user for the past 20+ years. The D600 was my first move from film to DSLR. I was absolutely disappointed when my sensor was splattered with oil spots. This is not an issue blown out of proportion ... I hear some cameras don't have this problem, and that is a good thing, but here's my experience: purchased a brand new D600, read about the oil spot issue, and discovered I had one of the defective bodies. I sent my camera in to Nikon Canada, they repaired it, and within a few hundred frames, the spots were back. I sent the camera back to Nikon Canada, they replaced the shutter mechanism, and within a few hundred frames, the oil spots were back. Nikon then sent me a brand new D600 body. Within 200 actuations, the spots returned, and I received a full refund. This was a deeply disappointing experience, but Nikon did honour my two-year warranty, and provided a full refund for the defective product. I might switch to Canon or another camera company, but I'm waiting to see how the D610 functions before I make another investment.
October 28, 2013
4TH D600 WITH DUST / OIL SPOTS
This is an amazing camera. The images are great. The features are great. The DUST / OIL SPOTS, not so great. I decided to take the plunge into a FX camera, and the D600 is the perfect camera for me. The only problem that I have is that this is now my 4th D600 in 3 weeks! 1st camera noticed spots at approx. 250 shots. 2nd camera at approx. 300 shots. 3rd camera at 41 shots! YES 41 SHOTS!! I couldn't believe it! 4th (and last# camera at approx. 110 shots. The number of spots varied from each camera. The average number is approx. 12 very noticeable spots and several smaller and lighter in color spots. Most of the spots are on the top left of the images and a few on the centre and bottom of the images.
I am really disappointed with Nikon's poor handling of this problem. I think that they should pull all D600's off the shelves until they correct this problem. If this was like most other products that cost $2000, there would have been a recall by now.
Again, this is a great camera with a very serious problem.
The competitors equivalent camera is starting to look better and better with every D600 return!
Please Nikon, don't make me turn to the dark #Canon) side!
June 9, 2013
dust on the sensor
I bought this camera before i read the reviews - I wish I had. One month in, used the camera a total of 4 times, dust on the sensor. Why is it only this camera?
May 26, 2013
Over 60,000 cycles and still dust everywhere
I, like many people, have been experiencing the dust or oil issue with the D600. I have had the camera for 4 months and have been taking a lot of time lapse photos. After noticing dust spots I cleaned the sensor (I did it myself because I was in France and could not find an authorized dealer anywhere). The spots came back almost immediately. I have since cleaned it twice more and the spots keep coming back. I have over 60,000 shutter cycles and am still experiencing the issue. If I could return this camera I would and go back to Canon, this has been a very disappointing experience.
March 16, 2013
Same Problem! Dust Dust Dust!!!
I have same problem as rest of the people here, less than 800 actuation and I have dust on mu sensor!!
Too late to return it. do not buy this camera until Nikon will admit and fix the problem!!!
December 17, 2012
Oil spots just after 100 shots !
Very dissappointed. The problem exists, I cant believe this got past a standard Quality control without Nikon noticing it.
Unfortunately Henrys does not allow returns of camera equipment valued at over $1995 so I am stuck with ithoping the problem doesnt get worse.
Don't buy this camera until Nikon fixes the issue.
Personally I think its the shutter assembly shredding itself with each shutter click. The dust can be blown out with a blower. However oil spots require full sensor cleaning.
November 25, 2012
Dommage il est sortie trop tôt.
J'ai acheté un d600 car je voulait passer dans la gamme de grand capteur .J'ai été déçu de voir que la poussière ou graisse soit apparue après seulement 5o photos bien sur le service technique m'offre de le nettoyé sans frais mais le marchand qui ma vendue l'appareil ma dit qu'il l'avait déjà fait faire avant de me le vendre.J'ai décidé de le retourné car je ne veut pas d'un appareil qui a plus de tache après 50 photos que mon d80 après 5 années.Dommage J'aurais bien aime si le capteur n'avait accumule des taches le d600 serait un appareil fantastique.
March 9, 2013
D600 Oily spots and big dots in the sensor
Very disappointed after 3 days of use. This 'amazing' camera has the potential expected by professionals and serious amateurs, however the unpleasant low quality encounter at early stage is really pulling down this model.
I'll take it tomorrow morning to the shop to be replaced (hopefully), but now I seriously doubt that the following camera could work properly, based on all negative reviews and own experience.
By the way, I live in Thailand, where this camera was made.
December 26, 2012