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Nikon D600, Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens, UT-1 communication unit announcements

Nikon D600

Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon UT-1

    

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Nikon D600 product tour:

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Press release

Performance that Fuels the Passion: The New Nikon D600 Puts FX-Format in Focus for Photo Enthusiasts

As Nikon's Smallest, Lightest and Most Affordable Full-Frame HD-SLR, the D600 Packs in Powerful, Pro-Grade Photo and Video Features with Wireless Sharing and Capture Capabilities

MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 13, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the 24.3-megapixel (MP) D600, a camera that is designed to deliver the image quality and performance benefits of a full frame FX-format sensor to the enthusiast looking to take their dedication to the next level. The Nikon D600 offers a remarkable value, merging the perfect combination of a lightweight, compact form factor and superior image quality, making the leap into FX-format photography more attractive than ever.

Whether shooting stills or Full HD video, advanced features and Nikon technologies like the newly developed high resolution CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processing engine are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding creative vision. Additionally, Nikon's new optional WU-1b wireless adapter allows users to shoot high quality HD-SLR images and transfer them to their mobile device, making it easier to stay connected, without the need for wires.

"For many, image making is so much more than a hobby; it is a way of life that changes the way the world is perceived. The Nikon D600 represents a new category of camera for this user and demonstrates Nikon's devotion to the passionate photographer who is always looking for new ways to express their creativity through their photos and HD videos," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "By offering users the advanced FX-format and key features inherited from our professional cameras, along with new functions like optional wireless capabilities, Nikon is inspiring photographers by providing an imaging experience that satisfies like never before."

Superior Image Quality
Nikon's FX-format offers photographers exciting image quality possibilities, from dazzling dynamic range and exacting detail to stellar low-light ability. The D600 employs Nikon's newly developed, large 24.3 MP FX-format CMOS Sensor (35.9 x 24mm) to offer photographers a versatile camera that provides amazing image quality and sharpness, with ample resolution to tackle almost any project. Because the needs of the advanced amateur varies widely, the new CMOS sensor provides a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) to give photographers maximum low-light flexibility yielding clean images

with minimal noise and accurate color. The full ISO range can also be used while capturing HD video in challenging light. Nikon's exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine interprets the massive amount of image data flowing from the sensor to quickly process images and HD video. The result is striking images and impressive HD video that exhibits faithful color reproduction and tonal range throughout the frame.

Precision Technology Engineered for the Enthusiast
Enthusiasts of all types demand the best from their gear, and the Nikon D600 is a camera engineered with intuitive features that give photographers an edge in the field. Whether shooting lush landscapes, action sports or the elusive animals of the Serengeti, Nikon's Scene Recognition System and 2,016 pixel RGB sensor excels in any situation. By recognizing the scene prior to capture, the system meticulously analyzes factors such as color and brightness with extraordinary precision and compares all the data using Nikon's exclusive 30,000 image database. The result is enhanced AF performance and flattering exposures.

For precise AF performance in a wide variety of shooting conditions, the D600 features a 39 point AF system with the new MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. This AF array is well suited to a wide variety of shooting styles and disciplines, offering AF modes to let users select a single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject throughout the frame. Additionally, the system features nine cross type sensors for maximum accuracy, while seven AF points are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8 for extreme telephoto applications.

To keep up with action sports, active wildlife or the photo opportunity that unexpectedly arises, the D600 is ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds, with a 0.052 second shutter release. The camera emphasizes speed and performance, from overall operation and image processing, helped in part by the exceptional EXPEED 3 processing engine. The camera is also capable of bursts of images at 5.5 frames per second (fps) at full resolution with full AF, to capture decisive moments. To further enhance speed and workflow, images and video can also be rapidly transferred to dual SD card slots that are compatible with the latest SDXC and UHS-1 high speed standards.

Enthusiasts will also appreciate other thoughtful features made to appeal to more advanced photographers, such as the 100% frame coverage seen through optical viewfinder. The wide and bright view makes it easy to compose in a variety of conditions, and affords the ability to enjoy shooting for hours on end with minimal eye fatigue. Additionally, the D600 features several scene modes and features to enhance creativity, including one-touch access to Picture Control functions through a new dedicated button. Photographers can also shoot images in High Dynamic (HDR) mode for amazing highlights, and create awe-inspiring time lapses with ease.

Experience Full HD
The Nikon D600 has advanced video features that are ideal for those ready to embrace the world of HD-SLR video, as well as those already enjoying its benefits such as manual control, depth of field, low-light ability and lensing options. This camera gives users the ability to record Full HD at varying frame rates and resolutions including 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p, and 720p video at 60, 50 and 30p. When shooting HD video at the highest quality setting, up to 20 minutes can be recorded, or up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in normal quality for added convenience when shooting static shots such as interviews and events. The large 3.2-inch 921K dot LCD screen makes it easy to preview images or video captured, navigate the menu system or confirm critical HD focus, while automatic brightness control adapts seamlessly to changing lighting conditions.

Sophisticated video features help to increase the production value on any project, including full manual control of exposure, and the ability to switch between FX and DX-format (1.5X) at Full HD for a telephoto boost and alter depth of field. Users can opt to focus manually or can take advantage of the full-time AF while recording to help ensure faces are in focus or track a moving subject. Additionally, videographers have the ability to capture audio with the onboard microphone or record stereo audio externally using the mic input. Audio can be monitored through the headphone jack and levels can be displayed on the LCD with peaking.

In addition to the ability to play back HD video and images through the HDMI terminal, users are also able to experience pro-grade video features in the Nikon D600. For monitoring and streaming applications, the image can be displayed on the LCD screen while simultaneously shown on another monitor through the HDMI, with or without shooting data. What's more, the D600 adds the ability to transfer uncompressed video via the HDMI connection, which can then be routed to a digital recorder or similar device.

Remote Sharing and Capture
Photography is a form of expression, which can now be shared more ways than ever before through social networks and online communities. To accompany the D600, Nikon has also announced the optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter that allows users to connect wirelessly to the camera. A companion Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™ based mobile devices is also available at no additional cost. 1 Furthermore, an application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital devices will be available on September 15, 2012.2

When connected, users are able to share their images taken with the D600 through their mobile device to their social circles, as well as send and download images from their camera to a compatible device.3 The adapter also allows users to remotely fire the D600's shutter from up to 50 feet from the camera, which is ideal for capturing photos from unique vantage points.

NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
Supporting the D600 is Nikon's heritage in optical excellence, more than 70 NIKKOR AF and AF-S compatible lenses for maximum versatility. Those with DX-format lenses will also be happy to know that these lenses can also be used on the camera as well as the ability to set DX crop for stills or video to extend the reach of telephoto or telephoto zoom lenses.

The new Nikon HD-SLR is also a gateway to Nikon's renowned Creative Lighting System (CLS) which illuminates a whole new world of creative image making using multiple Speedlights. A built-in Speedlight commander can control multiple Speedlights such as Nikon's SB-700, SB-910 or Wireless Close Up Speedlight System, and the camera can also control up to two individual speedlight groups for further creative control.

Constructed to Inspire
Built to withstand the wide variety of shooting conditions enthusiasts face, the body of the D600 is sealed and gasketed against dirt and moisture. The camera uses magnesium alloy top and rear construction to provide a lightweight camera with maximum durability. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles, and sensor cleaning is also employed. The battery is rated for approximately 900 shots, affording photographers the ability to shoot all day. Additionally, the optional MB-D14 Multi Power

Battery Pack extends the grip for comfort and can effectively double the battery capacity when using two batteries.

The D600 is also built with an emphasis on handling with thoughtful ergonomics and button placement, in a body that is compact enough to carry comfortably on any excursion. The hand grip has been improved for comfort, while the overall impression from using the camera is reassuringly solid. To avoid accidental engagement, the shutter button has been recessed, while the Mode Dial can be locked.

Price and Availability 
The Nikon D600 will be available on September 18, 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,099.95*, for body only, or with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR for the SRP of $2,699.95*. The WU-1b will be also available on September 18, 2012 for an SRP of $59.95*. The MB-D14 Multi Power Battery Pack will be available in late September for an SRP of $322.00*. For more information on the new Nikon D600 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

New 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Offers Nikon 1 System Shooters Compact Performance and Creative Control

Nikon Expands 1 NIKKOR Lens System with an Affordable Fast Aperture Prime Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 13, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to the Nikon 1 system, the compact and lightweight 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8, a fixed focal length addition to the 1 NIKKOR family of lenses. The 18.5mm f/1.8 gives Nikon 1 System shooters a fast prime lens that is consistently able to deliver outstanding image quality and sharpness for stills and HD video, whether shooting awe-inspiring landscapes, flattering portraits or documenting the family vacation in glorious HD video.

"Nikon's new 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm offers extremely fast performance alongside the accuracy and image quality that photographers have come to expect from a NIKKOR lens," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "With the continuing expansion of the 1 NIKKOR line of lenses, Nikon is committed to ensuring every moment is captured with tremendous speed and amazing clarity."

1 NIKKOR Speed and Versatility
The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens features the popular yet versatile focal length of approximately 50mm (35mm equivalent) and a large f/1.8 aperture, making it ideal for portraiture and everyday shooting. With the large aperture, consumers can create a dramatic depth of field with beautiful image blur, or shoot with confidence in challenging lighting conditions.

Conveniently compact and crafted with eight optical elements in six groups, the 18.5mm fulfills the promise of NIKKOR quality with solid handling and optical excellence. The lens is lightweight, weighing in at a mere 2.5 ounces to further complement the portability of the Nikon 1 System. Seven aperture blades help to create a pleasing circular bokeh for a natural separation between subject and background.

Price and Availability
Compatible with the Nikon 1 J1, J2 and V1, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 will be available in early November 2012 in Black, White and Silver and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $189.95*. For
more information on this and other 1 NIKKOR lenses and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

             

The New Nikon UT-1 Offers D-SLR Users Powerful Connectivity for an Efficient Workflow

Nikon Continues to Develop and Redefine How Photographers of All Levels Share Their Content

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the release of the new UT-1 adapter, enabling image transfer and remote camera operation when connected via Ethernet cable or wirelessly with in conjunction with the WT-5a wireless transmitter.  When the UT-1 is connected to a Nikon D-SLR camera, an Ethernet network (wired network) can be used to transfer images directly from the camera to a computer or FTP server. The new device will also allow photographers to control the camera remotely from a computer.The new UT-1 will be compatible with several Nikon D-SLR cameras, including the Nikon D4, Nikon D800, Nikon D800E as well as the Nikon D7000. With an Ethernet network connection, images can  be automatically transferred as they are captured, while data can also be stored on a memory card or can be transferred and saved to a computer or FTP server.“Connectivity continues to be a very important part of workflow for many photographers. Nikon continues to develop and redefine how digital cameras achieve connectivity and share content more efficiently,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The new UT-1 will allow users to transfer photos seamlessly from a selection of Nikon D-SLR cameras, while also providing the means to control the camera remotely from a computer if desired.”More Efficient Workflow with the UT-1When used with Nikon’s Camera Control Pro 2 software that has been developed for studio and remote photography in the field, remote control over a variety of Nikon D-SLR camera functions from a computer is possible. Camera Control Pro 2 allows users to specify and adjust not only basic shooting settings like exposure mode, shutter speed and aperture setting, but also allows them to adjust white balance, use live view and even record video remotely. With remote control of camera operations in various situations such as a studio setting, a photo shoot or video production, images or video can be transferred directly to the computer, enabling immediate verification as they are captured. These communication functions significantly increase on-site work efficiency as clients and support staff can view the content as it is being captured.Primary Features of the New Nikon UT-1

  • Wireless Network Support When Used in Combination with the Wireless Transmitter WT-5a

When used with the Wireless Transmitter WT-5a (sold separately), the UT-1’s networking functions can be used over wireless networks. Nikon will also market an UT-1/WT-5a bundle that provides networking functions over both Ethernet and wireless networks.

  • Image Transfer

Still images can be transferred as they are captured, while still images and video already stored on a memory card can be saved to a computer or FTP server. 

  • Transfer of Images to an FTP Server

Still images and video can be automatically uploaded and saved to an FTP server as they are captured, enabling transfer of a high volume of high-resolution image data captured by select D-SLR cameras. This option will allow for the verification of images from a remote location by those individuals not in the immediate vicinity of the camera. 

  • Remote Camera Control from a Computer

When used with Camera Control Pro 2, remote control over a wide variety of Nikon

D-SLR camera functions from a computer are possible. Camera Control Pro 2 allows users to specify and adjust shooting settings such as exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture,  white balance, use live view photography and even record movies remotely. In addition, still images and video can be saved directly to the computer as they are recorded with remote shooting using Camera Control Pro 2.

  • Superior Handling for Efficient Studio and Field Photography

The UT-1 can be mounted on the camera's accessory shoe or on a tripod. When another accessory such as a Speedlight is mounted on the accessory shoe, the camera and the UT-1 can be mounted on a tripod using the optional SK-7 bracket for smooth handling.

Continuing to Connect Photographers

Nikon continues to make photography more efficient and connected for all levels of photographers, as evidenced by the Nikon D4 with its built-in Ethernet network functions, the Wireless Transmitter WT-5a and the new UT-1. What’s more, the WU-1a and new WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapters can be used to easily transfer high-quality images captured with cameras like the Nikon D3200 and the new Nikon D600 to smart devices or to control the camera remotely, though remote control over movie recording is not supported. With the new Nikon COOLPIX S800c, Nikon has even developed a way for users to connect wirelessly to the Internet using operations similar to those found in smartphone devices. By continuously working to increase wireless network functionality and support for all of its digital cameras, from high-end D-SLR to compact digital cameras, Nikon strives to make connecting a simple and effortless task for users.

Price and Availability

The Nikon UT-1 Communications Unit will be available in late October 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $470.00*, in addition to the UT-1 Communications Unit Set with WT-5a bundle for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,299.00*. For more information about the UT-1 or other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • ericnl

    well, at least it won’t have the far left autofocus problems, because the AF points don’t reach out that far :)

    it’s a shame that the only high iso sample in the link has its focus on the sky instead of the rocks in the foreground, not easy to see how much you lose to noise that way. but then again: iso 3200 is not really considered high iso anymore these days.

    now the sample pictures at engadget are showing a little bit more. and even though they say that “things certainly look clean up to 6400, but then they fall away rapidly once you head into Hi1 and Hi2 territory”, looking at the 100% crop samples I’d say that the HI1 (12800 iso) is very workable. especially considering that one would generally use such a high iso in a dark situation (not for a cactus on a well lit table).

    if I shoot in low light, it is usually for street shots at night, and I would put my exposure compensation down any way, to reflect that the photo was actually taken at night. you don’t want it to be exposed as if it was daylight (something that always baffled me when looking at test shots and test videos: when shooting in the dark I really want it to look like I was shooting in the dark, not as if it was daylight).

    anyway. I will wait for some review and handons on youtube that will show the exact speed and accuracy of the AF system, but also to see if it outperforms the D800 when it comes to low-light high-iso video (which I’m expecting it will do).
    if these things are acceptable I’m buying one for sure.

    I once switched from a D90 system to the 5Dmk2 because I wanted full frame and the occasional video option, but disliked the camera so much that I sold it after a year and bought a D7000 as an in-between camera, to hold me over until Nikon would release a full frame camera that was up to par with my expectations for its functioning. that time is now.

    • ericnl

      I just made a comparison between the focus points of the D600 vs D7000 and I find it shocking!
      http://img542.imageshack.us/img542/743/d600.jpg

      whereas the D7000 has a coverage of 60% across the width, the D600 only has 40% coverage. which means that compared to the D7000 I will be missing TWO focus points on each side when shooting with the D600!!

      I use the far left or far right focus points A LOT, and this is something I will need to take in consideration, as I don’t really want to focus and reposition all the time, because that will result in a BIG time-loss when it comes to using the auto-focus feature…

      hmmmm….

      • Rob

        You realize the full frame cameras have a wider FOV right? The D800′s focus points have more coverage than the D7000 and the D600 has the same coverage as the D7000. The D7000 just has a cropped viewfinder (and cropped sensor) since it is DX.

        • ericnl

          no? maybe you can explain?

          I basically looked at the diagrams that Nikon has up on their main site and compared them.
          I double checked their diagram of the D7000 to the one that I can see in the viewfinder of mine, and they are an exact match, so I’m assuming the same goes for the other two

          the only way I can see it having more coverage, is if you use the D800 or D600 in DX crop mode, which I am not planning to do. ever.

      • Richard

        Agreed. I do not understand the 1/4000 shutter speed either. I find it difficult to believe that limiting the shutter speed is anything other than a marketing decision…a poke in the eye.

        While I suspect Nikon will sell more than a few D600s. despite the price being higher than early rumors, I am disappointed that it is not fully the equal of the D7000 with a full frame sensor.

      • http://www.kandrsmith.org/RJS rjs3273

        Interesting comparison. It is easy to see why it ends up that way from a technical perspective, but it is certainly disappointing. For my shooting style, far fewer focus points (even just half a dozen) over a larger area would be more use, but they are not designing a camera just for me!

        It is interesting how rapidly one adapts to these things though. Like you I was shocked when I saw your comparison, but I just checked the camera I was using until just six months ago (F100) and that has five points covering only about 40% of the field width (same as D600) and I never found that a problem.

      • Zeke

        They all do that. FX cameras, I mean.

        Compare the D3 and the D300, which have the same AF module. On the large sensor D3, the 51 points appear clustered in the center. On the crop-frame D300, they stretch nearly from edge to edge.

    • ericnl

      the D800 sits right in the middle of those two with 50% coverage.

  • ericnl

    a sample video is up on the NikonAsia youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1arahAKtx0

    • Geoff

      Holy shit! Video is amazing!

    • krr

      great footage!

    • Richard

      Great video, but I don’t think they actually said it was shot with the D600.

      It is just a promo that is supposed to make you somehow think that you will take pictures/video like this.

      • Pay attention

        Except that the VERY FIRST thing you see says it was shot exclusively with the D600

        • Richard

          Thx. I stand corrected. I must have looked away a second while waiting for the video to load on my phone.

  • Simon

    I contacted Nikon about their UK pricing telling them it was a joke, and was told that they actually have not released an RRP for the D600, the websites are speculating.

    It does make me wonder where the £1950 price came from.

    The email I received:

    Thank you for your reply,

    Unfortunately I can not comment on the prices listed on other companies websites.

    We do not yet have the RRP for the D600. Once it is announced it will be posted top the Nikon website in the price list.

    If you have any other queries please do not hesitate to contact us again.

    Kind regards,

  • rotebro

    Wow, Nikon seeks a very aggressive price on a $1500 camera! I don’t know if I want it for the price.

    • Richard

      Yea!

  • Kev

    You can bet we’ll get ripped off in the UK!
    The WEX site has body only pre-order at £1955, ($3214 at today’s exchange rate).
    I’ll bet we don’t get close to the US price

    • Christobella

      My thoughts exactly. UK prices are always over-inflated in instances like this. I’m gonna wait this one out.

    • Plug

      Early adopters always suffer here in the UK. Wait a few months and the price will improve significantly, and early faults are likely to be sorted too.

  • Plug

    Am I the first to comment on the 18.5 f1.8? The MTF charts suggest a strong performance and I would like one, if the price will naturally drop. A new sensor, akin to the Sony RX100 in a V2, and then there would be a useful set-up.

  • freakout

    For those with plenty of old AI/AI-S glass still shooting film with their FE/FM/F3/… this is the first time to go digital around $2k. For them the D600 is a bargain.

    • Geoff

      D7000 supports AI/AI-s

      • freakout

        But DX shifts all lenses to tele – this was never an option for all those with a working AI-glass collection.

  • Hazem

    Was hoping to buy this camera (as an update to the D7000) but the price is too high for me (not for the camera)…
    I just want to ask 2 questions:
    Where does the D600 fall in the product line-up?
    Is it the successor for the D7000 or shall I wait for an update??
    I checked the “Nikon Buying Guide” in this website and it says on the D7000 “wait update expected” but I’m not sure if this page is updated or not yet..

    • Pablo Ricasso

      I think you should wait. I think there will be a D710 with a D4 like sensor.

  • Erik

    Still only 3 shot AEB :(
    Otherwise it’s just what I need.

  • dollareuro

    nikon D800 BHphoto: $2,999.95
    in Europe: € 2,599

    nikon D600 BHphoto: $2,099.95
    in Europe: €2,150

    ????

    • krr

      press release of nikon germany says rrp is 2149€
      real price will be lower i guess.

  • Niktard

    Wow. Nikon has intentionally crippled this camera. That’s a lot of stuff missing for a price this high. I am going to call this one a Nikon failure.

    • Lanskymob

      really? intentionally crippled? in what way? what does that even mean? and what “stuff” is missing? Do you think that they would take their D4 and just make a mini version for 2/3 less $$? I’m confused.

      • Andrew

        I do not agree on this one. A product must be evaluated on its own merits and not justified by the merits or pricing of another product. If you are going to make a comparison of the D600, why not with the D800 that sells for $3,000? The D600 is notable not just by what it includes, but by what it omits. I think the choices Nikon has made makes this camera fall short of being great. Sure it is likely to perform great in most situations, but people expect premium features at a premium price. Maybe a year from now when the price drops to $1,695 (body), the conversation will change.

    • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

      I agree. The tiny AF matrix is laughable. May as well give us just one point. This camera is focus and recompose only. If it’s anything like the D7000 that it apes, the focus is a dog in low light. That, and the limitations of shutter speed and flash sync (which I don’t think otherwise is a real problem) plus missing AF-On, other usability issues and extensive use of plastics makes this camera feel cheap, but – its NOT cheap. Depending on where you live, it’s just a bit less expensive than a D800.

      I have no doubt that the sensor will be typically Nikon awesomeness, but at $1500, it was a win, and worthy backup to a FX user like me.

      Over $2000, LOL, forget it. This is the Yugo of full frame cameras.

  • BC

    I don’t know if it’s been said yet but some were claiming it has no autofocus fine tune. The Nikon website specs say:

    Autofocus Fine Tune Yes

    • http://www.fotografiranje-vjencanja-split.com/ Bare

      Dpreview claims that D600 don’t have AF micro adjust. Their preview is based on production model.

  • Sol Arnu

    Let’s not forget: Well done Peter!!! Might as well rename this site “nikon early announcements” as you do a great job in getting out the info early.

  • Andrew_Toronto

    With every product announcement there are screams that it’s too expensive. It’s no wonder why China is called on to manufacture everything! Will it give you $2,100.00 worth of value and enjoyment, if yes, then buy it. The Western economies will never recover as long as consumers demand the lowest price for everything at the cost of their own local economy!

    I will buy a D600, it will make an excellent travel camera!

    Andrew

    • Chewie bacca

      +1

    • Karen G.

      +1

  • Rythm

    Just expensive bullshit. Bye-Bye DSLR technology and old big dying out dinosaurs.

  • S

    that image is ISO 100

  • David K

    The D600 might not have all of the professional convenience and ruggedness features of a D700 (though it does have features that the D700 does not – video for starters. Also, for me, the convenient ability to live view and review images on an I-Pad is a huge plus – those little camera screens ALL absolutely suck by comparison), but I would be very surprised if this new D600 body camera doesn’t generate much higher quality images than the D700. Isn’t image quality THE key feature? Once that becomes obvious, people won’t be quite so smugly satisfied with their old D700 bodies.

  • Simon A.

    Fantastic camera as promise. The only deception is about a 1/200 flash sync. That’s a steal for flash power compare to all other nikon models. Must be a writing error ?? ; )

  • ericnl

    hmmm, according to one of the bigger camera shops here in the Netherlands these are going to be the prices for body only:

    D600 = €2149,-
    D800 = €2599,-

    that’s only a €450,- difference.

  • http://blog.dafyddowen.com Daf

    Right – so connectivity:
    Correct me if I’m wrong

    WT-5a (D4 only)
    : Ethernet -> Wireless

    WU-1A/B (D3200/600 only)
    : USB -> Wireless
    Just to mobile devices? No Computers ?

    UT-1
    : USB -> Ethernet

    So to get wireless on my D800 I need a UT-1 AND WT-5A ?

    Hmm think I’ll skip that.
    Would be a LOT better to get WU-1B working with D800 and connect to computers.

    • http://vimlig.se Jon

      …or just insert an Eyefi in the SD slot :-)

      UT-1 IS a joke, repeate after me, UT-1 MUST be a bad joke!

      If you want to connect the D800 to the computer just use the USB 3.0-cable!

  • Simon A.
  • bluerags

    My two cents…
    (Assuming that you wanna stick to Nikon and D600 quality is comparable to the D3s). A pro that has not already upgraded to the D800 can think about the D600, mostly if it’s on the low end of the pro segment. The difference is 900$. Surely is a perfect backup body.
    For an advanced amateur going for the first FF body, like me, a used D700 at ~1350$ can be a much better deal, specially now that a lot of people are giving theirs away upgrading to a D800. Here few hundred of $ makes the difference. Here’s the point: an introductory price close to 1500$ would have pushed more people making the jump from DX to FX to buy a new D600 instead of a used D700.
    I’m with the used D700. Nice camera but not enough to get outstanding sells.

  • ben

    My big question was whether or not the D600 is exactly the same size as the D7000 and after looking at the Nikon website I am happy to find out that the D600 is slightly bigger!

    D600
    Approx. Dimensions Width: 5.6 in. (141mm)
    Height: 4.4 in. (113mm)
    Depth: 3.2 in. (82mm)

    D7000
    Approx. Dimensions Width: 5.2 in. (132mm)
    Height: 4.1 in. (103mm)
    Depth: 3.0 in. (77mm)

    My last big question is how much smaller is the viewfinder in the D600 compared to the D800? Or how much bigger is it compared to the D7000? A bigger viewfinder is a main reason why I would want to go FX and I hope to get some info on that.

  • 120-300 OS for Nikon

    Congratulations peter very good job looks nice this one wait for real live tests and than Canon boys react again as always.

  • Poof

    The diference between ‘as low as 1500′ and actual MSRP is enough for a 85mm 1.8g and a used F100. Which is where my funds are going until it drops in price. And it will.
    They must be bracing for a future price war when Canon introduces theirs. I am not wanting everything for a nothing price, I just don’t think it’s worth the equal of 3 used D7000s. I can wait. Just sayin

  • Sam the Tsosie

    The camera looks pretty solid, and the specs are right on. I use the d700, which is a fantastic camera. Although I wish it had dual slots, and that’s probably the only reason I would purchase the d600. Limiting the shutter speed to 1/4000 is crippling, don’t get me wrong, that’s plenty fast, but sometimes I find myself pushing the 1/8000 on the D700 (I live in the high desert, too much sun). I like the small size. It is just a tool though, a tool to get the job done. 12MPX is still plenty for the work I do. I considered the D800, for about 5 seconds, then I realized I couldn’t store the huge files.

    • jeff

      The minimum ISO on the D700 is 100 and on the D600 is 50. So, assuming you need the shutter speed to shoot wide open in bright light, 1/4000 @ ISO 50 = 1/8000 @ ISO 100. Right?

    • Scott M

      @Sam
      D800 has a variety of file sizes, not just the 70mb one.
      Check the free online manual. http://www.nikonusa.com

  • krr

    Just have a look:
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d600/nikon-d600GALLERY.HTM
    IQ is good even at ISO 6400

    It’s a good camera guys, stop complaining!

    • Pablo Ricasso

      I believe that the snotty Pewee Herman sounding ones are actually someone working in the food chain of the Canon marketing department. I recognize the voice.

      But let’s see what we can compare this to…

      D3x has ISO 100-1600, gets to 6400 in boost mode and 5 frames per second. The only obvious advantage is 51 points for all of you who don’t like to focus. (I don’t give a damn about video, so read your own stats.) For about twice the price of this you can get a used one of these with no warranty. You decide which is better.

      Sony A900 has ISO 200-3200 expandable to 100-6400 and 5 frames per second. It has 9 focus points and ten assist points, so no advantage anywhere. It also has a buffer that fills up very rapidly. Fortunately for it I don’t care about video. The A850 has the same specs but with a smaller buffer, allowing only 3 frames per second. It also has the viewfinder covering only 98 percent, so the buyers of the other camera can feel better about themselves. Since these can be had for less than two grand used without warranty they might be looked on as a bargain, if you feel like searching for good glass to fit. The shutter being twice as fast is of limited advantage because the native ISO is in a narrow range. The lower frame rate and the lack of high ISO performance indicates that it is not much of a choice for action or low light photography.

      Then there is the 5D2, offering the same said ISO with 3.9 frames per second, nine auto focus points, six assist points, and 98 percent viewfinder coverage. The price at this point is approximately the same, but the only advantage that I see is a faster shutter, and apparently a bit more magnesium, for whatever that is worth. It also has only 21 megapixels. I cannot imagine that it is comparable to the D600 at high ISO or even at 100. But you can get a used one without warranty and save a few hundred dollars. Of course, there are no real bargains on old lenses…

      That leaves the 5D3 at 1 and 2/3 the price. It has more auto focus points, a higher range and the faster shutter It also has six frames per second, a bump up all the way to 22 megapixels, (at a said slight loss of ISO 100 resolution), and a greatly expanded high ISO range. For what that range is worth, we are going to have to wait for comparisons, but this seems to be the camera that the D600 is going after, and at a much lower price point. I believe that the D600 will best this at ISO 100 and time will tell how much above that. Obviously the 1/2 frame per second is important to the same people who are concerned about the number of auto focus points, and it will take a D710 to completely answer this more expensive camera. I’ve a feeling that the video capabilities of this and the D600 are probably comparable, and I think that was Nikon’s aim, but you should do your own investigation because I don’t care about video.

      The other alternative is the D800 and I believe that at this point everyone in the whole world knows the strengths and weaknesses of that camera. I think it is the best bargain of any that I have mentioned. We could also compare to the flagship cameras or to medium format…

      • Pablo Ricasso

        I forgot to add that the D3x does have a faster shutter, so that gives it an advantage in daylight at low ISO.
        I also forgot to talk about the flash synch. I suppose these must not be Canon guys doing the complaining about this, because in looking I note that both the 5D2 and 5D3 are also limited to 1/200. How nice it is to be spoiled… Further investigation reveals that the Sony cameras can synch at 1/250, but are limited to 1/200 with the “steady shot” on. And that reminds me of the other thing that I had meant to mention. That the vibe reduction is built in to the camera does compensate for the low performance at higher ISO to some degree. But I think that a person looking to exploit that should probably seek a newer or translucent camera with high frame rate and improved ISO performance rather than use one of the old full frames. And That brings me to the new camera that Sony announced…

        I think that it should be a winner at high ISO, but the point at which that camera will win will vary according to your style of shooting and whether or not you spring for the VR lenses that are available. If you use a tripod, have steady hands, or buy the latest lenses, then we’ll have to see how the new cameras perform. But I can’t imagine it being any better or even as good at ISO 100 or 200, where I usually shoot, and I have very steady hands…And you do have to find good glass.
        That said, I have been assembling a small assortment of Minolta fitting lenses…

  • Photosultan

    Im confused on the UT-1. how do i use my Cybersync or Pocketwizard and this?

  • http://www.oliver-ruskovic.net/ Oliver
  • http://photosynthesis.gr GfK

    “The UT-1 is compatible with the Nikon D4, D800, and D800E cameras for professional”
    wtf does it add to D4 ?

    • shadowfoto

      now you can use your D4 as a home router :)

  • Jorge

    So in DX Mode is a 10.3 Mpixel Rigth?

  • http://marksternphoto.com Mark

    1/200th Flash sync speed???? WTF Nikon!?! So disappointed. That’s a deal breaker for me.

  • Alan

    WTF is UT-1? I know others have been asking this, but I just have to ask again. I keep expecting to find out it’s a joke. It’s huge, awkward, mostly useless, and crazy expensive?

    It kind of gives you the feeling that Nikon has been reading the forum posts of everybody saying “if you were a professional, you’d just buy it and write it off” and realized that “pros” will buy anything Nikon puts out there and bill it to the government…

  • Alberto T.

    I think I have an idea what the UT-1 is about. IMO it’s a battery pack to mount the WT-5A away from the camera, so it doesn’t drain the camera’s own battery. Ouch, a $470 battery pack for the WT-5A… and I thought the MB-D12 was a rip off!

  • Alwyn

    Here in SA this thing will cost me R23 000. That’s not cheap. The 5dmk2 just went out at R18 800 and the D700 at R24 500. I would have liked to have seen 1/8000 instead of 1/4000 AND A PRICE THAT ACTUALLY WARRANT THE USE OF THE WORD ‘CHEAP’.

  • anon

    i bought the d800 because i didn’t want to wait for a less expensive FX body. Seeing this d600 price makes me even happier with my decision. Mine has no focus point problems or color problems so i guess i lucked out. i don’t see a need for a small form FX camera. just my opinion. You buy FX to take advantage of the great FX glass which normally is 2.8 or better which gets heavy quickly. Why buy a 2000 dollar camera then put cheap lenses on it, with the exception of the 1.8 primes which are great. So the smaller body saves you little size/weight when taking into consideration lenses too. I don’t think the d800 is a bad travel camera. I just flew to maine with a d800, d300 and 5 lenses. And if anyone has flown to maine, you’ll know that those planes fit about 10 people max.

  • PP

    Anyone knows if there are NEF files available for download anywhere?
    ISO 1600 or higher.

    Pretty Please?

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