Nikon D600 teardown

The website published their detailed instructions and pictures on how to teardown a Nikon D600 camera. Here is their conclusion:

Nikon D600 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

  •   The battery can be easily replaced by opening the compartment with your thumbnail.
  •  The tripod mount comes off after removing four Phillips #00 screws.
  •   The D600 has several wires that need to be desoldered in order to take it apart.
  •   Many, many screws hold the device together.
  •   The LCD is fused to the rear case, and cannot be swapped without replacing the entire back of the camera.
  •   For absolute safety, you need to discharge the flash capacitor, otherwise you risk accidentally killing your camera.

Update: Chipworks published more details on the Sony IMX128 sensor inside the D600.

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  • Mansgame

    I was hoping it was like a vacuum cleaner with an easy way to dump the dust out.

    • All this time, did you not know you can simply plug in a standard vacuum cleaner hose to the Nikon F-Mount? I did this with my D3S and D4 and it sucks the dust right out of the sensor…

      (Just to be clear, this is sarcasm, I don’t want to be “responsible” for people scr*wing up their cameras!)

      • Steve

        Actually, I got a really good deal on an 80-200mm AFS once, and it had quite a bit of dust in it, I used a vacuum hose to suck dust out (maybe I just moved it to the sides?). It wasn’t perfect, but I was surprised at how much better the glass looked.

  • binarycodes

    its beautiful inside!

    • Jan F. Rasmussen

      Yeah it is a lot better looking undressed 🙂

  • gly

    I would have thought there’d be more parts to it. Not much metal to the D600 either.

  • MB

    All I can see here is plastic everywhere, where exactly is that lightweight magnesium alloy body?

    • yoy

      As I understand it, it’s under the top cover. I guess they decided that that’s the most bumped part.
      I also see that there is no solid support behind the lens mount. One bump on the tip of a 70-200 and it’ll rip right off. I guess it’s better to lose the $2k body than a $2.6k lens.

      • Nikon Shooter

        It’s better to invest in some insurance for both and not worry about losing anything.

        • Pablito R

          Or simply get a D800 for the D600+insurance money.

    • LarryC

      From the images in the link the insides of the top cover piece looks to be magnesim-gray, whereas every other part, including the prism/mirror box is clearly plastic. Plastics are very good these days, but flexible. I would think making the top out of plastic and using magnesium around the mirror/prism box would have made for a stronger, lower vibration, camera.

    • Fiatlux

      It is hard to tell magnesium alloy from plastic fantastic, especially on pictures. Had a Sigma DP1 which had a magnesium alloy body but looked and felt like plastic.

  • Gene

    Something seems to be missing… where’s the kitchen sink?

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      The kitchen sink is an optional extra. You can get nikon to install it into your camera for $9,000.

  • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

    Teardowns are fun aren’t they! (Not that I am going to do one on my own camera mind you).
    By way of comparison, the teardown of the D5100 also yielded a score of 2.
    In the teardown of the coolpix s1000pj, they revealed that the manual had a section titled “taking the camera out of the box.”

  • desmo

    great example of large scale integration especially ribbon cables that function as circuit boards

  • Mike

    Why – Oh Why ?!!

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      Same reason people climb mount Everest! Or push an orange 10 km with their noses!

    • Calibrator

      Still better than a drop test…

  • LarryC

    Look like there’s plenty of room for an internal GPS receiver.

    • Nikon Shooter

      There’s plenty of room to stick every type of radio that’s found in today’s smartphones. Unfortunately Nikon is yet to find a way to make more money from that than they make from selling overpriced accessories.

    • Neopulse

      Pretty sure they don’t do it because of interference the body causes. Engineers aren’t dumb when it comes to that. Even the wi-fi SD cards have a problem with interference caused by the lid alone. Imagine inside the body surrounded by circuits that produce small EM fields and surrounded by magnesium and polymer?

      • LarryC

        I agree there may be an engineering challenge, but I would think the WiFi transmitter issue is quite different than a GPS signal reception problem. Further, while cameras may be more complicated, they do manage to incorporate GPS into nearly all phones and tablets as well as fit tracking devices into all sorts of equipment (for security purposes). I would think the engineering problem is not that significant.

        • Neopulse

          Well, you are right. Nikon for instance has a GPS transmitter already incorporated in their P&S (eg: AW100) and it works well. Polite reply on your part, was expecting a bombardment of vulgar words of sorts, guess I’m too used to these forums already.

  • artk

    basically a box with some high tech wires on it. not sexy at all…

    • AlphaTed

      If it can perform in the dark, who cares what it looks like?

      • DX Upgrader

        Bit like the missus… 😉

  • LeadWrist

    This gave me an oyster in my pants… 🙂

  • bjrichus

    And then they tried to put it all back together again but after 20 minutes of lost screws and breaking bits of flimsy plastic, decided to toss it all in the trash can. HAHAHAHA!!!!! 🙁

    • The plastic is polycarbonate, not exactly a cheap flimsy material.

      Try to snap a CD in half. It’s stronger than you think. And a CD is most likely a cheaper grade of polycarbonate. Cameras are probably made using PC with a higher molecular mass, and therefore, much greater strength.

      • bjrichus

        IT WAS A JOKE … Did you see the “HAHAHAHA”?

  • DX Upgrader

    Looking at that lens mount (that mounts to plastic?) is a bit worrysome.

    I wonder if the D400 will get a full metal body like the D800 and ‘old’ D300?
    Ha, tangent side-thought, will the next Terminator have black HD thermoplastic combat chassis?

    Compare to D800:

    Compare to D300:×337.jpg


    • Scott M.

      Wow, what a difference. D600 looks fragile next to other two. Feeling pretty good about my D800.

  • Marc Skinner

    Gee whiz! Where does the film canister go, LOL?

  • CJ

    what’s the GD point?

  • I did the same with my camera. Can someone help me put it back together again?

    • AlphaTed

      Sure, send it in, include a check for $2,500.

  • F200

    It’s pretty messy inside.

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  • j v

    Interesting to see the components… A bit surprised by the low repair score, as I would guess almost all modern devices would be so integrated as to make repairs too complicated. The biggest comment could be on the screen, as that might be one to suffer on consumer cameras…

    (and testing the new comment system)

  • Iam_Full_in

    Shows the D600 is quiet “plasticky” … for 2000euros…

    • Calibrator

      *** Nikon developed the first unsinkable full-frame DSLR! ***

  • timon_comment

    you expended cost US $ 2,000 will get a lot plastics in the d600.

    after next 3 years, the D800 price might still over US $ 2,000, but the d600 will be fell into US $ 1,200 – 1,300.

    Nikon d600 is very much more plastics!

    The metal ratio descending:
    1. Nikon d3x
    2. Nikon d700
    3. Nikon d800
    4. Canon 5d/5d2/5d3
    5. Nikon d600

    • Pablito R

      You got the order wrong buddy…3 before the 2.
      Google the photos, see for yourself.

      • timon_comment


        did you disassemble the d700?

        I have carefully seen several teardown Nikon d700,
        The mirror box is the die-casting alloyed of the front and rear, —– the front (mount base and prism base), the rear (fixed shutter and sensor as well as internal framework).
        The sides of the mirror box are with steel plates.
        The shutter unit outline border is metal.

  • Stefan

    Guys (And girls).
    There is plastic and there is HQ plastic and I do hope that the D600 is made out of the later type of plastic.
    if it is then I will feel quite confident with the quality since in some respect it is a material that even outperform metal since it is light, strong, thermally stable and cuts production costs to give customers a product at a nice price.
    In fact plastic vs metal has nothing to do with quality!


  • Struggling to understand how seeing under the hood has helped me apart from knowing that there are people out there far more interested in the workings of a fine camera than using the tool for what it is intended. Well done you engineers and boffins. I’ll keep my magic image boxes the way they are for now and use them to capture people’s souls, as nature intended.

  • joeschmore

    But does it shred?

  • hungrycat

    Can haz leftover parts?

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