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
Oil spots render this camera useless
Took this camera out of the box 4 days ago and there are spots on all my pictures. Nikon just shrugs and says its not their fault contrary to the tens of thousands of posts online with the same problem.
December 29, 2012
But Nikon service has not heard of any problems with the D600
New Nikon D600. Child's Christmas Show. Priceless opportunity. The child will never be this age again.
Funny spots on the photos when reviewed. The show is over. Thanks for the priceless memory Nikon. Of course, the customer service people have never heard of any problems with this camera. We get offered a chance to send it in to be cleaned. Reading posts at some of the photography sites, there are people who have sent their cameras to Nikon and they are still having the junk appearing in the photos right after getting the camera back.
Reading the other postings on here makes me cringe. Nikon will not acknowledge the problem. Thank goodness for return policies. Of course, the photos are likely ruined at this point unless I find someone to clean up some of the photos with Photoshop.
December 24, 2012
So much potenial for a great camera, however....
I am so very sad to report that after less than 500 shots, I experienced a horrible version of the dust or oil (or whatever it is) on the sensor of this D600. There were hundreds of spots (see attached image), visible even from the camera's display, even though I didn't change the lens from the brand new kit lens that came with it. I read all the reviews before purchasing, but hoped I would get lucky with one that did not have the issues. So, after a week, I returned the camera. I bought a second body from another camera shop who is very aware of this problem and people coming back over and over with this problem, and so they are doing free sensor cleanings on this camera. I haven't tested my 2nd body yet, and will do so after the holiday in case I need to return it again. My family and I have used Nikon and Nikkor Lenses for over 35 years and never had anything close to this problem, even when never cleaning a sensor. More soon, and Nikon, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix this problem, or recall this camera, so you can keep your loyal customers from switching to a different company.
December 24, 2012
Dust on the sensor
Got the dust on the sensor on the brand new unit. The serial # is 305XXXX. Very disappointed.
December 23, 2012
Image sensor contamination
Ordered the D600 24-85mm VR Kit from Amazon.com and saw noticable image sensor debris contamination in less than 70 shutter actuations. Nikon Customer Service woud offer no explanation or information other than directing me to contact Nikon Service for repair. On a $2000 DSLR with less than 70 shutter actuations, and no explanation or aopolgy from Nikon to customers affected? Not acceptable. I returned the camera and bought another brand's new full frame DSLR. One positive note; the new 24-85mm VR kit lens is excellent with great center sharpness.
December 22, 2012
I have shot with Nikon for many years (since 1976). I've also owned 3 other digital bodies and 3 film, I consider myself a very serious amateur photographer. I was looking forward to the full frame D600 even before the release and spent $2095 buying the body which I paired with Nikon's new 28 - 85 mm lens
The first thing I noticed was that after a long shooting day (over 500 images#, when I downloaded files in bridge was very visible spots #appeared to be oil) on the sensor. The dust spots continued to get worse and at the point of my images were impossible to use I returned my camera to the store where I purchased the store cleaned my sensors and reported that all was well. In less than 500 shots the dust returned. I again returned the camera to the store and was told there was nothing else they could do except return the camera back to Nikon for service. Now, I am without a camera for a minimum of six weeks and have no grantee that the problem will be resolved.
I have called Nikon customer service and was told that these isolated cases are being handled case by case and that what you read on the internet are not necessary true.
There seems to me a manufacturing issue which is causing the spots to appear in the pictures after 150+ or so shots. At this point I am not recommending to anyone that they purchase this or any other Nikon product.
I am very disappointed the product and have been told that there were no widespread problems. So a camera that owned less than three months and spent $2095 on, in addition to $600 for a lens is defective.
Nikon needs to: offer a free solution and acknowledge there is a problem.
December 21, 2012
Very Disapointed with the product
I just got my Nikon D600, and I was so excited to use it. Althought I didnt beleive first from other reviewer that there were a dust on the sensor. Fair enough I used my camera for 3 days and found out small black spots on the sensor.
I am going to return back my camera and I am hoping that Nikon will stands up and say something about this terrible issue
December 20, 2012
vidoe mode doesn't work, have to send my new camera to repair!
Images are good but I bought this for my both video and photography projects but once i was done with my photography and started shooting video i noticed that in video mode my screen is all black, i have voice and all other features but no image. This is so disappointing that the video mode doesn't work in a new camera. I really feel bad sending my new camera to repair. Producers are so busy with competition that simply overlook the quality!
December 11, 2012
Solid particles on the sensor
I've used DSLRs for a long time (for years# but this is my first time I see a $2000 plus camera fresh out of the box is having such a problem. I love the quality of the pictures and the camera’s features. This camera has one of the best sensors ever built. Unfortunately my D600 started having the dust particles issue after a couple hundred shots. I continued shooting pictures and was around 1000 when I decided to return it and get my money back as the problem is not going away. I don’t think it’ll go away even after taking 3000 shots. Why should a relatively expensive camera have a problem like this to begin with? I am well aware of the DSLRs sensor cleaning process and have done it for many years. The DSLR sensors do collect dust once in a while, especially if they’re used for outdoors photography and with different lenses for which you have to remove and install different lenses constantly. I have never seen a new camera collect dust within the first few hundred shots without having the lens replaced. That is why; I am thinking that this so called dust spots might be tiny particles coming off of the camera's internal delicate parts. If this is true then it is well possible that these moving parts inside of the camera are not lining up correctly or chafing against each other. In which case the life of these components will be short and it won't be a surprise, if the camera breaks down after a while #after one, two, or … years?). We have to wait and see as D600 was introduced just a few months ago.
Regardless, I think that Nikon should admit to this serious issue and instead of asking their customers to send their new cameras back to Nikon for cleaning #Nikon had asked customers experiencing this issue to consult their local Nikon service centers), to find a permanent solution. It is ridiculous to keep returning the camera for cleaning. I didn’t pay over $2000 to keep sending my new camera back to Nikon for service. I bought this camera to enjoy it and to take pictures with it.
Nikon stop down playing. Have some respect for your customers. Instead of asking us to consult your service centers, find a permanent solution. Respond to the poor reviews on your website. Personally, I am not going to wait around too long.
December 7, 2012
Excessive dust on sensor
Really disappointing to have to deal with this issue of excessive dust collecting on my sensor. I've had the camera for a little over two months and i've had to Photoshop all of my recent landscapes to remove all the spots in the pictures. i've had my D90 for over 2 years and i've never had to deal with this. i'm not a Pro, i do this for fun so when i spend over $2000 on a camera i shouldn't have to deal with this. what's even more enraging is the fact that Nikon has not admitted that there is a problem. I may switch over to Canon in the future after this ordeal if my camera has the same problem again after it comes back from the service center.
December 7, 2012
It's going back ... to the store!
Luckily I bought my D600 at a store that will accept returns. My D600 is going back. Dust and oil on the sensor, just like all the other reports. Wow, disappointed.
The good news is once Nikon finally addresses and acknowledges this issue, the D600 will be a fantastic camera. So many great features. If you compare this camera to the Canon 6D, this one wins every time. But I can't accept that I have to deal with oil and dust on the señor after only 100 shots. Cleaned the sensor, and then the spots keep reappearing. Not acceptable. I've had mine for 4 weeks and the problem isn't getting any better.
I switched from Nikon to Canon when I went digital back in 2002. The D600 brought me back to Nikon. Guess I'm now going back to Canon and paying the $1500 up charge to get a Canon 5D MkIII. Canon's customer service has been exceptional to me with all 3 of the EOS DSLR's that I've owned. Even when the 5D MkIII was first introduced, it had a problem with light leaks. Canon acknowledged the problem and took care of their customers quickly.
My question is this: Where are you Nikon? We're all waiting to love this camera! The D600 could be a real winner, if you would just address and take care of the dust and oil issues.
December 6, 2012
Spots on Sensor
I've ordered this model twice - once upon introduction to market and returned it for another ordered on November 1st. Both cameras had visible spots after 100 shots; extremely noticable at higher stops. Very disappointing because the features are outstanding. At this price point, we should not have to worry about spots on the sensor. Nikon, you need to make this a priority.
November 29, 2012
D600 Dust/Oil Issues Need to be addressed
This is my third attempt at a review. They have deleted my previous ones (interestingly).
I have been very unhappy with the purchase of the D600. Dust/Oil problems as many others are reporting, as well as a bad sensor even.. (Uniform data corrupted raw images anyway).\
I have been fighting with the front line service support team for about 2 weeks now, and they have been polite, but anything but intelligent, and helpful to my questions. It's been like talking to a wall.
I would not go through this process again if i wanted... I still don't have a resolution, and nikon is still ignoring my questions about the issue.. I paid them $2000 and this is how customers are treated? ..
0 stars? ..
November 27, 2012
Spots show up after 150+ shots
There seems to me a manufacturing issue which is causing the spots to appear in the pictures after 150+ or so shots.
Except this not so tiny problem, camera performs really well. But if I was thinking of buying this camera, I would wait until Nikon fixes this issue. or get the canon 6D.
November 26, 2012
Great Camera-Poor Craftsmanship
I bought the D600 twice actually. The first unit started to show the spots/dust/oil (I am not sure exactly what the spots were caused by) within the first 760 pictures. The unit only had one lens applied. There were no repetitive lens changes. I took the unit back. I got another unit that was within 150 units per the serial number. The spots started up within 540 shots.
While I can understand that dust can occur, in all of the years I have owned digital cameras, I have never had this level of dust/debris affecting the camera.
The camera was easy to use, took an excellent picture, and had great performance in low or limited light. I really believe this is a great camera, however, whatever is causing these spots/debris/dust to collect so readily needs to be addressed by Nikon. Nikon, please get this fixed. We should not have to send a brand new camera back for camera cleaning after 2-3 days of shooting.
I cannot recommend this camera until they get the debris/spots issue solved.
November 26, 2012
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
Love the camera, hate the spots
I bought this camera refurbished by Nikon. The spots were not long in appearing, so, obviously, refurbishment was ineffective. Nikon just announced that they would replace the shutter and clean the sensor free even if the warranty is expired, so I have shipped it to a repair centre. But so much for the value of a used D600 as no one will want to risk the Black Spot. Too bad, as the Camera would have been excellent otherwise.
March 1, 2014
Greater things come in a big package!
I Purchased this product about 10 months ago. Major dust and Oil issues to date. I had it professionally cleaned by a NIkon dealer and the oil and dust still appeared. These issues especially the oil ruined a lot of good photo's and also cost time and money. This is unacceptable and I hope changes are made. Sending it away for repairs this will be a inconvenience for sure. I would not recommend this product to anyone because I would not want anyone to experience that feeling of having good photos ruined by the camera mechanic's. However the design of this camera is one of the best of all the Nikon DSLR camera's. I truly waited 25 years for this technology to come out for a camera, for photography. Seeing Nikon had this camera that met my expectations, I purchased it along with some very nice Nikon lenses. To be disappointed by a oil and dust issue was heart breaking. I am caught in a difficult place after spending literally thousands on a camera, professional lenses and equipment including time and travel. Does anyone know how disappointing that will be? It called loss. Sending it back for repairs see what happens.
February 13, 2014
On the surface, a great camera. FX, right price, great features for what I do. But i have been hit with the oil spot problem. Cleaned by Nikon once, and now two months later (about 3000 shots), it needs another cleaning. The service crew has been great, but Nikon has not addressed the issue to my satisfaction.
December 16, 2013
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