Dpreview confirms the dust spots issue on the Nikon D600 sensor

Sensor residue on the Nikon D600 (source: dpreview)

In their just published review of the Nikon D600, dpreview did mention the sensor residue issue that was reported also by many [NR] readers:

"An issue that has been reported widely on the web concerns the unusual frequency with which the D600 attracts dust and/or residue on its sensor, particularly in the upper left area of an image, which of course corresponds to the bottom right portion of the actual sensor. And sure enough, shortly after we received our review sample and began our studio testing we found we had to conduct a rudimentary non-invasive sensor cleaning.

We can only speculate at this point as to the cause of the issue. What we can say is that simply blowing air did not remove all of the debris; a wet clean was required, suggesting that some contaminant may have found its way onto the sensor. We are of course, pursuing this issue with Nikon directly, and will update this review as more information comes to light."

Do not expect Nikon to make an official statement on this issue . The first D800 cameras also had an unusually high amount of oil/dust spots on the sensor and the problem was resolved with later shipments.

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  • ejg1890

    I actually had the exact same problem with the D800. Got the D800 prior to vacation took a few photos but not much. Once I got back and loaded the photos noticed photos had dust spots in the upper right corner. Most noticable in photos with blue sky. Rocket blower didnt work so I had to order the wet cleaning supplies to clean the sensor.

    • lorenzo

      It is inevitable with DSLR (if one ever changes the lens) to eventually catch specks on the sensor. On the average, despite I am careful when and where switch lenses I do have to clean sensors of any of my cameras at least every two months – which is not that bad.

      • Slow Gin

        It’s a fact: some cameras are dust-suckers, some are not. I hate change lenses in the field, but do it often. My D5000 received just one massive spot in wind storm. After 2+ years of usage there were many situations in which my camera could cover with dust, but it didn’t happen. Maybe it was luck, maybe automatic sensor-cleaning helped — dunno.

      • Raz

        This is true of course, but there seems to be some specific issue with Nikon’s latest batch of cameras that concentrates dust, oil and god knows what else in specific corners of people’s sensors. You’d expect a random distribution of particles if they were just getting blown in when changing lenses.

    • Aldo

      I did have and I still have this problem, there are a few small particles of dust in the sensor, noticeable specially when doing long exposures. I’ve sent the camera to clean twice at Nikon, and I’ll be doing it as much as I can before the warranty expires. I never had that problem with my formers D90 and D7000 cameras…

  • Mark

    The only thing their review says is that after 4 weeks, their single sample of a D600 had dust, and it was cleaned away with no issue. Sounds to me like every other DSLR I’ve ever owned, Nikon or not.

    • krsnapixels

      Mine was Brand New to have dust spots

    • I do not remember dpreview mentioning this as an issue with any other DSLR review. The spots also appear in the same area of the sensor which is not normal.

      • Mark

        Have you ever seen DPreview test for it before? I sure haven’t, and certainly not to this degree. They took a small aperture shot of a white wall and pumped the exposure, then took before/after cleaning shots. None of their other reviews show that.

        • Raz

          For most cameras you wouldn’t expect this level of ‘dust’ to appear on the sensor after a few weeks of what’s likely to be very light use. The thing is supposed to automatically shake dry dust off the sensor anyway, clearly something is abnormal here.

          • Mark

            How would you classify running a camera through it’s paces, taking thousands of images, and testing literally every feature in every possible way in a short period of time “light use”? No camera’s anti-dust system can get everything, that is why it’s normal procedure to clean your sensor which takes under 60 seconds. It’s not uncommon (depending on shooting conditions) to clean your sensor daily with any brand of camera. There are also Leica and Canon users reporting dust and oil…it is the same for all brands but when people go out of their way to shoot F22 white walls and raise exposure, it’s going to be more noticeable regardless of brand. Unfortunately everyone is doing that with their Nikons thinking it’s a brand specific issue, and grossly exaggerating the issue.

            Remember the D800 hysteria? Forums would have you believe 90% of cameras were affected, but actual numbers are around 2% of early production. Remember Thom Hogan’s emails? He received hundreds upon hundreds of emails from people claiming to have D800 AF issues, of which he said fewer than 20% were legitimate.

            Anyways, I just urge people to look at the bigger picture when determining if there is an “issue” and not just forums where people only come to complain rather than say “hey guys my camera is perfect”.

            • Adam

              Pretty much every review of D600 said the same thing about abnormal oil and dust problem. Are you working for Nikon or simply upset when people say bad things about your camera? I loved my D600, but had to return it because oil problem was really bad. I will buy it again when I know Nikon fixed this problem.

            • Mark

              Neither ,actually, but I understand statistical relevance along with how internet paranoia spreads. Please see the above D800 comments for why these clearly aren’t widespread issues. Do some people have the problem? Yes, of course, and it sucks, but that is why the camera comes with a warranty. The vast majority of users will go about their business with no issues. I can’t think of any consumer products that don’t have a couple percent of defective units, that’s why the warranty exists. Best of luck with your next D600, chances are you will be in the 90+% of perfect units when you buy.

            • Adam

              How do you know the issue is not widespread? Maybe you are working for Nikon after all? Outside of Nikon, all we can do is speculate, but you are somehow sure it’s no more than a coupe percent?

            • Raz

              I seriously doubt a site like DPReview which tests hundreds of cameras takes 1000s of images with a single camera. They’re certainly not going to be swapping lenses constantly in highly dusty places and they’re probably going to know how to minimise the risk of the sensor getting dusty when swapping lenses. All the studio scene photos use a 50mm I believe and they generally do what, one day where they walk around New York or London taking pictures with one lens on the body, usually the kit one. That kind of use shouldn’t see the sensor plastered with crap. Especially a sensor designed to shake off dust particles every time the camera is powered on!

              As someone who has had a host of problems with a Nikon camera I get sick to death of people denying these issues exist or that it’s some how normal for tons of oil and dust to appear in a specific corner of the sensor after light use (in my case the sensor needed cleaning after less than 50 shots at a time!). You shouldn’t need to constantly clean your sensor with wet wipes.

              Nikon have QC issues at the moment, stop making excuses for them. If you get a perfect camera with no faults then that’s wonderful but we’re not all that lucky and when Nikon denies these problems exist it makes getting them repaired adequately really difficult. I was without my D7000 for over a month before they finally fixed it. I wouldn’t stand for that level of down time with anything I paid over £1000 for frankly.

            • Ben Dover

              Hey Guys, my D600 is perfect! The best DSLR I’ve ever purchased (no dust and no sarcasm :-))

        • Mansgame

          Mark, go back to the shallow end. People are having an obvious issue with this model. You’re just being a troll.

    • My D70 (9 years old, no built-in sensor cleaning) has less dust on it’s sensor than the D600 I played with at Nikon’s booth at the photography expo.
      This issue has me worried. The 600 is on my list for next camera, but I don’t want to be fighting dust the whole time.

      • P man

        I am just like you! I have a D70s and now I am having second thoughts on buying the D600. My D70s has almost no dust.

        • Padders

          I also have a D70s. But I went and got a D600. After a couple of weeks I saw a couple of large spots on the sensor (only having taken around 700 shutter presses). Then the articles came out about it as a potenital problem. So I did a test. I took a test shot against my plain kitchen wall. Then I fired off around 400 shots at the maximum burst speed and then took another test shot. There was a significant increase in the amount of ‘stuff’ (be that dust or noise) on the sensor. Mainly on the left had side of the image and also mostly in the top portion. To be fair after a further 400 shots the increase was not anywhere near as much as after the first set.

          Note: I didn’t change the lens at all during the whole process.

          However, I’d saved for four years before upgrading and I felt very uncomfortable. Thankfully I was within the return period so I did. I thought the camera took fantastic images and I was sad to return it. But I have only had to have the D70s’ sensor cleaned about 3 or 4 times in 7 years and it doesn’t have a cleaning function. This level of dust/oil doesn’t seem acceptable.

          Anyway that’s my story. Thought worth sharing for the benefit of others.

    • Antonio

      I went through three different D600, all three collected oil/dust on sensor every 100 shots or so. Never seen anything this bad on any other DSLR. I know how to wet clean sensors, I clean them on my other DSLRs, but I can’t do it every 100 shots!

      • Morbius

        A lot of people on the D7000 forums say that you HAVE to use AF fine-tune to calibrate every new lens… Can’t expect them just to work, it’s a precision instrument, takes some care to use! It’s a position that I find baffling when older Nikon cameras “just worked.”

        I hope that we do not see that opinion extended to oil on the sensor. If constant AF tweaking and wet sensor cleaning are the “new normal” then I am going to need a new hobby.

        I have been a Nikon guy for a long time but after getting my own dud D7000 and seeing the focus/sensor issues on other cameras I am quite wary of new models. I do not remember this many complaints in the past.

        • Raz

          This, a thousand times this. Honestly my D7000 will be the last camera I ever buy from Nikon the way things are going. Oil spots, hopeless light metering, randomly failing auto focus. The thing has driven me nuts. I wish I’d never parted with my D90, as you say Nikon gear used to ‘just work’. There’s not something magical about an extra 4 megapixels on the sensor that suddenly makes everything else about the camera not work like it should anymore.

          • Michael Choong

            My d7000 after 10k sc have af problem too, yes it’s randomly focus accurate, but half of time it back focus, it’s turn better when I pair it with 24-70 later on, while at July I moved to d800, this nightmare continue following me after 10k sc. To pay so much money to get an always accurate focus system seems is hard on this days.

            • Raz

              My AF issues is even worse than that, sometimes the camera won’t focus on anything at all until I remove and remount the lens. For a while I had an even weirder problem where it would focus fine through the view finder but not at all in live view. It’s like the damn thing is possessed. So sad it’s out of warranty >_<

    • Mansgame

      Shut up mark. If you don’t have this camera,then don’t ASSume it’s something routine. Really? all your other cameras had a cluster of dust in the upper left hand corner?

  • krsnapixels

    I returned back my D600 to Samys. Toni at Samys was very nice to understand the issue and accepted it back.
    Nikon as a recognized brand should proactively admit to this issue and rectify on new and existing D600.

    • gt

      I don’t understand why they think that NOT addressing issues is good for the brand. Obviously, we’d trust them more if they responded quickly and openly to the defects — and ultimately it would improve their sales.

      just silly.

      • you obviously never had to deal with Japan … failing is not an option … thats why when they fail they fail big.

        Hope Nikon works with their approaches and changes their strategy

        • Raz

          Well there may be something to that, but other camera manufacturers who are Japanese seem more willing to own up to and fix problems. Canon acknowledged and repaired cameras with this same issue (http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/EOS_oil_spots.do) and Fuji acknowledged and repaired X100s with sticky aperture blades for example.

      • Raz

        This is a recurring issue with Nikon cameras since at least the D7000. Their terrible customer service and increasingly poor quality control has totally put me off the brand.

  • quickfix

    nikon partnered with sony to manufacture sensors. why not team up with DYSON to get rid of dust?

    • HotDuckZ

      What’s DYSON? The Son is Die, right??

      • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

        Dyson = vaccume cleaner company!

      • quickfix
      • ronadair

        @HotDuckZ:disqus I don’t think people got it.

        And Dyson? Psshht. Danielson. He can apply an anti-static wax coat.

        Wax on, wax off. Very important.

      • gly

        Miles Dyson, the original inventor of the neural-net processor which would lead to the development of Skynet and a camera that can clean itself of dust.

    • Stup

      hahahha.. yeh! ^_^

    • Fry

      they said wet process was required – Dyson manufactures only dry vacuum cleaners..

    • RamesesThe2nd

      They should team up with iRobot to make Nikonoomba. You program it; it get’s into your DSLR every night and cleans it.

  • Screw the D800, D600 and the D4 (and possibly the D7000). I’m buying a Nikon 1 V2. Obviously more care and attention has been put into the 1 line than the pro DSLRs. What a gong show! Nikon QQ & QA has plummeted in this latest generation of cameras.

  • lorenzo

    If I can say it here is my last experience regarding the D800E:

    A professional store salesman here in CA Palo Alto told me today that the
    Nikon Rep said that only 2% of the D800/E were affected buy the LT AF issue and only initially; the problem is now fixed at the factory, HOWEVER those with serial ending in “051” or “101” might still have this bug.

    So HAS it been fixed or HASN’T it?

    If the serial was a progressive the statement should have been “All those starting with “xxx”” not “ending with “yyy or zzz””, unless the serial is made by a progressive + a number indicating some h/w used.

    I asked Nikon because I would like to know if this salesman made it up or if it is true. For sure they will never answer 🙁

    Not trolling, please I will buy a D800E one day… believe me!

    • Vin

      My “E” ends in 071. No bugs, or left focus issues.

      • lorenzo

        I am happy for you. It would confirm that weird rule of the 051 and 101 – I still think they made it up – no response from Nikon yet; if they do will there be any violation posting it?.

        Providing no lies it could be interesting if one that returned the unit several times remembers to have had one of those numbers.

        I thought that 2% is not a big number but then applied to 500,000 sold worldwide gives a total of 10,000… yuck! It might explain the trolls? Anyway, better not to think about it, I will get one of the other 98% at Christmas! 🙂

  • canonfanboy

    all the more reason to switch to canon

    • lorenzo

      Never! Are trolls still here???

      • nikonfanboy


        • gly

          Apparently, lorenzo and nikonfanboy rather stick their heads in the sand then find a solution for themselves….

    • IslandNature

      All the more reason to switch to film : )

      • Fisheyland


      • LeadWrist

        Ken, is that you?

        • IslandNature

          @LeadWrist:disqus Nope – but I used to use film back in the day.

  • Bella

  • Stefan

    The D7000 has the same issue, only it is mostly the upper right corner of the image. Mine is going in for the third time now, last time Nikon replaced the mirror box (under warranty). Surprised that it rarely gets mentioned, though.

    • Fry

      my D7000 was from the first european batch, and I haven’t cleaned the sensor in those 2 years (25k shots) that I have the camera. I’ve just blown off the dust 2 or 3 times..

    • Raz

      It took 3 trips to Nikon service for my D7000 to have this fault fixed too. Good luck getting your camera repaired!

  • R!

    Nikons sensors static problem still going on… I never had any problem of dust on the sensor with panasonics or very few with Canons,but all my Nikons do have an elctrostatic problem that atract the dust on the sensor more often,I hope they’ll fix it some days.

  • “Do not expect Nikon to make an official statement on this issue.”
    no comment!

  • Mato34

    The weird thing here is that dust (or oil, or debris, or whatever…) is always located in the upper left corner. Being “normal” dust it would be located randomly all over the sensor, not just mainly in the same small position in a lot of folks.

    I think it’s a symptom that something’s going wrong there: that dust isn’t “natural” dust as on any other DSLR, but it may be due to something specific.

    BTW, I have a 2nd D600 now, with my first one getting notable dust every 500 photos or so, and developing the famous scratch in the mirror box.


  • Ben

    That’s why I switched to Olympus E-M5. Never had any dust or focus problem at all.

  • Kyle

    I really cannot understand. What’s the problem with “official statement”? Would it be the last day of the world for Nikon? Common Nikon! Show us your statement.

  • d
  • Cchi

    I have a reply from Nikon Switzerland on this issue. Dont mind to post the actual email from them here if you would like.

    • Chrille

      Please do!

      • Cchi

        I will send to them first, and wait til the camera comes back. Basically, they said, they know of this issue. Send to them, they will fix, and send back. They offered even to pay postage when I asked them to pay it.

        • Chrille

          Thanks for the reply Cchi. Do you know if this “fix” is just a normal sensor clean up or something more?

  • Максим Ильченко

    No troubles with dry clean you just need a vacuum cleaner for sensor
    and it takes 1-2 min to clean it..
    Happy owner of d600.

  • Mike

    I had this problem on my D7000 once, had two oil spots on my sensor. Wiped it off with an optical cleaner kit and haven’t had problems since. Was that a stupid thing to do?

    • Raz

      No not stupid at all as long as you do it carefully, I cleaned my sensor a number of times before I gave up and sent it into Nikon for repair because the spots recurred so rapidly (less than 30-40 shots).

  • MikeV
  • N

    Since Lensrental confirmed the issue on their 20 cameras, I think it’s definitely settled that there is a problem.


    • BenS

      Definitely it is a problem with D600. 20 cameras is more than enough proof that there is an issue. Sigh, NIKON quality is garbage now. I am not a pro and have been using nothing but Nikon gear. Hope Nikon quickly fix their quality control issues soon.

  • kino13

    I can’t speak for the D600, but I have a D800 that got A LOT of suspicious spots at around 1000 actuations. They looked exactly like oil to me. In all the years I’ve had the D700, D200, D90 and D70s, I have never had issues like that. I admit I am a bit scared, I took it to Nikon and they cleaned it up for me, covered by the warranty (bit extrange if you ask me).

  • aimsj

    guys how long do i have to wait to make sure that they fixed this issue on the nikon d600? possibly this december???

    • P man

      I have this same question. I really do not want to buy the D600 with this issue on the camera. The question is will Nikon ever fix this issue??

      • WTF Nikon??

        I have the same question….

        • gly

          Answer : Probably not. I herad the end of the world was coming at the end of 2012 and Nikon was counting on that. lol!

      • The issue is likely related to either lubricant coming off from the gearing or dust being shed from shutter curtains themselves. My D7000 had the same issue for the first 10,000 or so exposures (requiring in a wet clean every 2000 or so shots) but then the issue slowly corrected itself to the point where 15000 shots in, I no longer have the issue.

        Nikon may opt to clean your sensor for free, but I’m just a tad doubtful that they’ll be able to resolve the issue completely for you. Still, cleaning your sensor is a very simple task so I certainly dont see it as a reason to hold back from buying a camera as capable as the D600.

  • George DeWolfe

    I found that if I turn on the automatic Dust Removal feature when the D600 is turned on AND off, that the dust problem goes away.

    • roy

      But some are saying that the dust is oily and sticky and is not going even with blower!

  • Lowe

    Of course this is sad news, but i have had my D600 since they released it and have had non of these problems.
    The thing i would like to know is: are the dirt there on the sensor when it gets out of the box? Is there some kind of residue from the factory, or do the dirt find it´s way in to the sensor more easily on this particular model?

    I have no need to clean my sensor yet, and hopefully i don´t need to do it to often. But still I think that if you own a DSLR camera and regard yourself as a enthusiast, you should not be afraid to clean your own sensor.

  • Shawn

    I certainly hope they figure out this problem, but I’ve never had a dust problem with my D5100 that I’ve had for 11 months and almost 20,000 shots. Then again, I don’t analyze the corners of my shots typically and don’t shoot landscapes. Still, I wouldn’t want this to happen on my camera or even the D600 which I eventually plan to buy.

  • LeadWrist

    Do worry, ya’ll. New firmware will fix the problem… /S

  • ericnl

    I just read this after I returned home with a brand new D600.
    I had rented a D600 over the weekend, shot around 2000 photos while changing lenses, didn’t find a dust issue on that one, so I decided to buy one today.
    I’ll testing the hell out of this one the coming week or so!!

    • Trevis

      Should only take one shot to see if it’s got a dirty sensor. I bought two back in Sept one was pretty much clean and the other was a dusty oily mess. A couple of passes with some wet cleaning solution and it was ready for prime time. It sucks to get a new camera and have this kind of easily avoidable issue but once you have the camera in hand it’s awfully easy to correct. It’s not like a hardware problem that needs a technical repair.

  • Chaitanya

    My D7000 also has a issue where in oil from mirror box makes its way onto the sensor. I really have started hating Nikon because of the poor QC on their premium products.

  • BMahlz

    Ok it seems that this is a problem that will get fixed regardless (as it has in the past) the better question is what will be the best way to know? Is there a way to find out when the next production batch was/is released? Can you track serial numbers that way to figure that out or are there ways of knowing? I figure Nikon won’t ever come clean with this problem and rather just quietly fix it in production. That doesn’t really help me as someone who purchased (and since returned) a first production run D600 and had this problem. I don’t think Amazon will let me keep buying and returning models ever 30 days because I keep incurring this issue, but I also don’t want to wait like months before considering re-purchasing this camera model. I love the camera, I have a blast using it but I don’t want to worry about needing to send it in to Nikon Service hell every few months because those idiots can’t fix a problem publicly or issue a recall to address the problem.

    Anyone have any suggestions of getting to the bottom of this? Should I buy beore Xmas as I would really like a D600 to have while I am in Vegas, but again don’t want to run into the mirror grease issue…

  • Jamal

    if you guys want to wet clean sensors all the time and apologize for nikon, thats fine. I don’t spend 2k on a camera and expect to deal with this crap. I’ve shot events forever with almost every pro nikon body released (except d3x) for many years now with constant lens swaps. Wet cleans are needed sometimes (as it’s routine maintenance), but this is obviously a defect. I have examined the camera myself and witnessed oil, not just dust. There is a defect.

  • MB

    It is consumers fault

    D600 was never meant to be actually used, it was designed to seat on a bookshelf and look nice on paper.

    • gly

      No! It’s Godzilla’s fault.

      Nikon doesn’t care anymore. After all, the world will end in 2012 by Godzilla. …. ahhhhh godzillrrra!!!

      (did no one else get this memo?)

  • Michael Choong

    Im sorry i mean to comment in this post: So disappoint on nikon, my d800 start to focus fraud after sc10k, test with 85 1.8 and 50 1.8 the left side is obviously back focus, right side is front focus, now I can only use center point with fine tuned -5 to -8 to focus and recompose, and stop down to f/4 to get more depth, after shooting of this weekend will send to Nikon malaysia and provide sample fraud picture, will force them to do serious repair. Don’t ask me why as I have perfect focus at the first 10k pics…

  • Michael Choong

    I’m sorry I actually mean to comment in this post: So disappoint on nikon, my d800 start to focus fraud after sc10k, test with 85 1.8 and 50 1.8 the left side is obviously back focus, right side is front focus, now I can only use center point with fine tuned -5 to -8 to focus and recompose, and stop down to f/4 to get more depth, after shooting of this weekend will send to Nikon malaysia and provide sample fraud picture, will force them to do serious repair. Don’t ask me why as I have perfect focus at the first 10k pics…

  • The bigger story is that the D600 scored higher than any other camera in dPreview testing since the Nikon D3S/Canon EOS 1D MIV. The dust issues, small AF area, limited shutter speed, flash sync speed and ok button zooming not withstanding overall they thought it was a better value than the D800 or 5D MIII. This is good news in addition to the DXO mark results.

  • Steve_Photog

    I guess I was one of the lucky ones. My D600 did not have any dust or oil spots.

    • rroy

      when did you buy your d600?

    • krsnapixels

      What is the serial number on your camera?
      I understand thats some serial number do not have this issue

  • leebee

    I had the D7000 and never had a problem with dust or oil spots. Now I have the D600 and after taking a few hundred photos do not have a problem with dust or oil spot with it either. I did not like the auto-focus on the D7000 but love it on the D600. Just my $.02

  • I’ve had my d600 a month now. Had dust/oil when I got it. I cleaned. Shot a couple hundred shots, sensor is all spotty again.

    I went to bestbuy and looked at a floor model… it’s sensor was disgustingly FILTHY.

    I’m a little worried.

  • jasard81

    I saw this same issue on a D700, it was sent back to Nikon twice before the replace the camera on the third return. It wasn’t dust but turned out to be oil on the sensore caused by grap around the sensor that shouldn’t have been there.

  • Daryl

    Leica M9 ($7000.00) had the same issue. Complain all you want, I am going out and shooting with my Nikons, I’ll clean them and shoot again, about 10 minutes of my time.

  • C_QQ_C

    I was told by a nikon repair technician that the cause for is known , and that is , if i understand well, that parts of the shutter touch eachother in a way that causes parts to get “shaved” causing particals of the black coating to get spread into the shutter box. These particles are the so called dust. In the upper left corner of the frame around the sensor there is a kind of vent opening through which thes particle land on the hot mirror in front of the sensor.
    This is how i understood the issue from him, not sure if its the whole story though…

    • surfisup

      This sounds similar to what my nikon tech guy said (in new zealand).

  • nikkor guy

    My D600 also has this problem, found 2 specs of dust.

    Body is less than 1 week old, 200 clicks, SN series 5,xxx,xxx

    thing is I am worried it’s not the dust but the plastic housing holding
    the shutter blade assembly, I have a feeling that it’s disintegrating /
    shredding itself.

    Maybe Nikon will replace the whole shutter assemblies under warranty ?

  • Nougatine3110

    It’s the case for my D600 🙁

  • Mansgame

    Maybe it’s time to hit Nikon with social media embarrassments. Make sure and give a review of this problem on amazon and other sites. When the camera stops selling, maybe they’ll do something about it.

  • Ready to spend my money

    I am very much in the market for a DSLR. I have Nikkor lenses from my film cameras that I want to continue to use. I have tried out the D600 and absolutely fell in love with it. However, I will not be buying it for now because of these oil and dust reports. I will be watching sites like this one to see if there has been a fix, and if I hear of a real fix, I will definitely reconsider.

    I will be watching for reports like this one from Thom Hogan about the D800 autofocus issue: “…I’ve now seen enough just delivered D800’s without the left sensor problem that I’ll probably revise my D800 review back to Recommended later this week (applies to US serial numbers 3050000 and higher).”

    I am willing to be a bit patient with a new product, perhaps more than most, but if I hope to hear of such a fix from Nikon or more likely from other, trusted sources by the end of this year or early next year. If not, Nikon is likely to lose a customer.

    On a side, but somewhat related, note, the reviews on the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter and its accompanying iPhone/iPad apps are very, very disappointing. They don’t even seem to be ready for beta testing let alone prime time. When I first heard about the option to be able to take a photograph with the D600 and zap it to my iPhone to upload it directly to social media platforms like Facebook, for example, I thought it would be an extremely useful feature for my work, but it does not sound like it is functional at this point. Another reason to delay my possible purchase of a camera whose feature set is otherwise so appealing.

    Hopefully, Nikon will work hard to improve upon these flaws, but there is no indication that this will be the case, is there?

  • Tony

    D600, I am the dust

  • nougatine3110

    Don’t talk about dust, this is oil …

  • Rahkshi007

    I guess most problem occurred when the camera is not made in japan, but is made in thailand.

  • MatzeB

    To put some pressure on Nikon you can also sign this petition:


  • fstopper

    Nikon Rumors had a posting today that said the problem appears to self-correct after about 3,000 shutter cycles. That agrees with my own experience with my D600. I cleaned the sensor myself using a flat lens-cleaning swab and cleaner after about 2,500 images had been taken. I’ve now taken an addition 1,000 or so images and the spot problem is almost non-existant. I plan one more cleaning and believe that will be all it takes to resolve the issue.

  • Fanny

    I bought a Nikon D600 with kit lens 24-85mm in Hong Kong. The 10th pictures already found a lots of black color dots. After replacement for the send camera D600, same problem exist after 80 pictures were taken. The retailer did not willing for the second replacement. Waiting to fo to the court to claim the refund.

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