First Nikon D600 price drop ($100)

Update: Amazon has now also reduced the price of the Nikon D600 camera.

Adorama currently offers several free accessories with the purchase of a Nikon D600 body:

If you remove those accessories from your cart and enter coupon code S123456789 during checkout, you will get $100 off the total price (this is on top of the current $100 instant savings - total $1,896.95 instead of $1,996.95 with free shipping and 4% in rewards):


The coupon code should work for all available D600 kits.

Nikon no longer enforces their MAP policy for the D600 and I expect the camera to be officially discontinued soon.

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  • skaarj

    The first but not the last. I still can’t believe people are paying anything for this automatic oil and dust splatting device.

    • AM

      Because the D600 is a great camera which you can take stunning pictures with.
      Sorry to disappoint you, but not all of the D600 owners have seen the issue you’re describing. I must say that I wasn’t an early adopter though, so whatever Nikon did to correct the issue, did it right.

      • skaarj

        Not all D600 owners are admitting the problem or don’t bother to check for the problem. All D600 owners should go outside and take a shot at a small aperture like f 16 or smaller against a blue sky or inside with a flash against a white background. I would love to see those pics on flickr or whatever posting sight they choose.

        • AM

          Why don’t you get a life instead of looking at pictures of blue skies or white walls?

          • skaarj

            Why dont you do this simple task and show the world your D600 does not have oil or dust issues.

            • AM

              Why do I need to waste my time to show people that my camera doesn’t have a problem when they already made their minds? No matter how many pictures you show to those people, they will always believe that all D600’s have that problem. They will say, “oh, you just cleaned the sensor and that’s why the issue is not there,” or whatever lame excuse they will find.
              Again, sorry to disappoint you, but my camera doesn’t have that problem. I check it once in a while with a f/16 picture, and have never seen any issue.

        • Andrew

          Most people who spend $2,000 on an item are likely to “admit” a problem such as a few oil spots on the sensor – which accumulates slowly, unlike your sensational description suggests! But on the whole, the problem soon goes away as lab reports indicates after 2,000 shots which you can achieve if you have a busy weekend of shooting.

          Now at the same time that there are some legitimate owners who have temporarily experienced the problem, there are certainly people who never bought the D600 who are going around the web claiming that they bought it and experienced the problem. And I suspect a few of them have landed here at NikonRumors.

          So, unlike what you would like to believe, a lot of people have not experienced the problem. And many who experienced the problem considered it a minor inconvenience for such a great camera (but still not the perfect camera in my opinion!). Cleaning your camera’s sensor is a normal thing anyway if you have an interchangeable lens camera which can accumulate dust by simply changing the lens.

          So sure, the problem should never have occurred in the first place, and Nikon may also have fixed the problem months ago. But the good news is that they are releasing the D610 which is exciting. And hopefully it will incorporate a lot of enhancements.

          • Cyrille Berger

            I suspect there are also a few people who see a few spots on the image and think they are affected. by the problem, forgetting that having a few spots on the sensor is something that happen in every camera.
            I am actually wondering how nikon will handle the release of the D610 PR-wise, because people are bound to check their D610 sensor very carefully for spots, and they will find spots. So we are bound to see blogs saying “D610 is as much a QA disaster than D600”.

            • Abhishek

              that’s the first thing I checked when I received my D600 on 9/19/2012 (pre ordered on 9/13/2012) and returned it next day because I did not check my D7000 and it too late to return it. My D7000 still has those spots and I tried wet cleaning but it’s not going away. The spots in D7000 shows up starting only at F14-16 hence 99% of time I am fine with that. My D600 was hinting of spots right from F5.6 and was clearly visible from F7.1.

            • R!

              I noticed the same isue with the D7000 spots are appearing very fast,at the opposite my D90 and my D300s waited a around a year before the sensor turned dirty.I also own Canons and Lumix that never had this problem ,even with my 60D that spended 2 years in Africa on some dirty condition that my Nikons never saw!?
              I sincerly think that Nikon sensor has a ELECTROSTATIC problem,accentued with the cheapest manufacturing of this past years,and probably a change in oil kind and shutter conception end up at this accentuation of the problem that is Obvious and officially recognized right now by Nikon.

              PS: I am not a troll ,I love my F6 and my 28 F1.4


            • Andrew

              Even if there are no spots, we will see blogs claiming that there are spots. But those types for false reports will soon be revealed to be false. Truth has a way of triumphing over falsehood.

  • hahahahah

    Nikon sucks.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      Yes! Fckng price drops! Shame on you, you bad Nikon!

  • tertius_decimus

    Refurbished item is better purchase. At least, cameras certainly were under QC maintenance.

    • mikegorton

      I’ve read of a few nightmares with Refurbished cameras from Nikon, I’ll steer clear.

      Best bet is to buy brand new four months after a model is out. By then they have most of the production bugs worked out or at least know how to fix them. Never buy a Nikon camera upon release.

      • Never buy ANYTHING upon release

        • robert

          buying at the end of its life production is also a problem. the manufacturing quality is not the same because they just want to move on to the next product and in many products you can see they just do a half ass job cause they want to get it over with.

          I personally never buy the first year of anything, unless I REALLY need it.

          • David Kasman

            I’ve never heard that buying a product at the end of a long production cycle is likely to result in a poorly constructed unit. It is, however, buying old technology. We all know, at least those who will admit it, that digital camera performance is still improving at a healthy clip. The D610 would seem to be addressing a design problem, not a problem that is the result of poor workmanship, QC or outdated technology.

    • Yup

      I figured that would be the case, too.

      My refurb D600 was a bit of a disaster with the famous oil issues as well as a problem stopping lenses down properly. It was enough to scare me away entirely and get a d7100 as a backup.

      • tertius_decimus

        Sorry to hear that.

  • Joseph Li

    “expect d600 officially discontinued soon”?? my gosh it took d700 several years to get discontinued…d600 is getting it within a year…what is WRONG with it LOL

    ok $1900 is not very tempting yet…that adorama refurbished with kit lens for $1600 or the nikon rebate of $2000 new with free kit lens were still better. We’ll see how low it drops, like a bearish stock

    • Andrew

      Well we can nearly say the same thing about the D5200, why so soon with an upgrade. But it is likely (and I hope I am correct) that Nikon has realized that the D600 fills an important niche in that they do not have to dumb down its features in order not to take away sales from the D800. Personally, I would love the D800 in a D610 body with the D7100’s autofocus system for great low light focusing. And yes, pack in it the D800’s 36 MP sensor and its video performance. If the D610 comes with the same 24 MP sensor, I will not complain so long as they do not sacrifice any of the D800’s video features.

      • js200022

        It is clear that Nikon is replacing the D600 due to production issues, not only for minor enhancements.

        • Andrew

          May be true and likely, but not necessarily. They needed to distance themselves a little bit from the D600 for marketing reasons since some may not be convinced that the issues have been resolved satisfactorily. Secondly, after the specs of the D600 was released, even before Nikon started shipping the cameras, a lot of people were disappointed. At the rumored price of $1,599, Nikon would not have had no problem selling a boatload of the cameras. But at $2,099, the features had to be impressive for the cameras to sell – which they were not. It was simply a competent camera which in this era is considered “boring”.

  • robert

    ~First Nikon D600 price drop ($100)~

    slowly but surely all will follow suit. and when the new one is in, it will drop much more

    • Andrew

      I think most consumers purchase a DSLR camera once every 5 years or more. So once you purchase your camera, just walk away and start taking great pictures. Newer cameras will surely come with greater features but your camera will still stay competitive in its ability to take great pictures.

      If you are a professional, then the camera is a business expense. Find more ways to earn more money and the camera will pay for itself. My advice to anyone who does not want their camera to lose its value is not to buy one in the first place.

      • Jorge

        You know just because we are professionals doesn’t mean we like to waste money (and time) on a new product. I don’t know where many of you get the idea that just because we shoot professionally that we “must have” the latest and the greatest. Keep in mind we still have to PAY for the item. Granted we can write it off as a section 179 in a very good year or spread it out over the life of the product. Still, we have to BUY it and PAY for it just like you. With that said I still shoot with my D300, D700 even though I have a D800. I also shoot with the Fuji X-E1. And yes they all were business expenses. Many of us also do not have the time to sit there like a bunch of newbs and read a manual in front of the TV. We have to work. When not shooting — we are editing, marketing, billing, or trying to collect on billing. It’s a never ending job quite honestly and I would never, ever want to do anything else!

      • robert

        Im waiting for the D610 so I can buy the D600 at a discount. if you work a lot (professional), no camera will hold for 5 years. the shutter will go way before. and with the mack diamond warranty, I couldnt give a rats ass because I plan on killing the shutter (with work, not physically, although I could just throw it off a building and they would repair it) and let them deal with repair.

        • Aldo

          I think the lowest prices are when the next camera gets announced, but not available. I saw this with the d7000. They sold for lower when the d7100 was announced, but then went back up once the d7100 was available.

    • Cyrille Berger

      I would suspect Nikon to get rid of the D600 stock before releasing the D610. Price drop will depend how quickly they can get ride of their current stock.

  • koenshaku

    Want to see Nikon D610

  • Clarence

    I purchased the D600 full price ($2099) on release day. It was two hundred dollars more than today’s price and I had to wet clean the oil spots three times myself. But I have a GREAT camera and many fantastic pictures to show for. Will do it again in a heart beat.

    • js200022

      I am very happy for you. Unfortunately I didn’t have the same luck. I had to return my D600 due to dust/oil on the sensor after two weeks. It wasn’t a great experience. I hope the new D610 won’t have the same problems.

      • Aldo

        You did have the same luck.. just a different approach.

        • js200022

          You mean, different results, right? I use my camera for work and it is extremely frustrating to have to clean up the sensor every 300 shots. I like Nikon but I am not a fan boy. Nikon should be replacing the D700 and not the D600.

          • Spy Black

            I bought a D600 fully acknowledging it had a problem. Had oil on it right out of the box! Bought a sensor cleaning kit, and never looked back…

            • Spy Black

              …by the way, js200022, take whatever camera you have now and take some shots at a plain surface at F/16/22/32 and have a look at you images. You may be surprised at what you see.

          • Mr. Mamiya

            What would be your approach if your new car is dirty? Return to manufacturer and complain loudly on every online forum you can find? I’d visit a car wash.

            • Mike

              If it was only a few weeks old and had an oil leak I would.

            • js200022
            • Aldo
            • js200022

              Aldo, thanks for sharing the link.

              The post also confirms that the D600 dust/oil was a real issue: “Nikon Tokyo have a solution in the works that involve fitting new parts into the camera to solve the issue”.

            • Aldo

              I don’t think many argue that the issue is out there (at least in some bodies). The idea is that you still have a powerful capable camera at your hands despite of its shortcomings. I’m not trying to excuse nikon, but rather salvage the key point the top comment has.

            • The D600 problem must have been big enough for Nikon to discontinue the camera one year after it was announced and replace it with D610 (if the rumors are true of course).

            • Spy Black

              No doubt. They’re gonna have to throw in a few bones to create the illusion that there were other reasons for the update, hopefully that’ll be no AA filter, stereo mics, perhaps some video options, and if we’re lucky, more AF control points.

            • Mr. Mamiya

              Don’t get me wrong, I would not be super happy, too, if I had this issue. But on the other hand it takes you a few bucks for some sensor cleaner and a few minutes of your precious time to get rid of the problem. Keeping my car clean takes more time and money! The issue goes away after a few thousand shots and the problem the D600 had apparently has been fixed by Nikon long time ago, How many months are you going to complain about the dust spots of the past?

            • Justkiddin

              “There OIL in my cars engine!! What is this!!”


          • Aldo

            For some, the issue isn’t that big of a deal. There is a work around. 2k is a lot moolah I agree, but you are getting arguably the second best sensor out there. I hope nikon has learned the lesson so that we have happier nikonians in the future.

  • One More Thought

    Nikon is smart to come out with a new D610. Right now the current D600 is tainted as the camera with oil/dust splatter problems. Whether that’s fair or not, it is the perception and perception is reality in the marketplace.

    Nikon would be smart to upgrade the AF to the 51 point AF module. They even use that in the D7100, so it can’t cost that much to do so. Nikon would really be smart to offer some other higher end leapfrog type feature in a new D610, like a new EXPEED processor, to jumpstart sales.

    Heading into the holiday season, it is crucial for Nikon to be competitive with their lower priced FF model. I am sure as it is that the problems with the D600 have resulted in quite a few Canon 6D sales.

    In fact, if Nikon really wanted to clear the air they could release the D600 replacement as a D710.

    • KT

      and while at it, why not expand the buffer so people are not limited to a burst of 15 RAW shots before the buffer is full and add a CF slot to save all these RAW files, just thinking out loud here.

      • Maji

        Maybe because it will cost more and no longer be an entry level camera.

      • robert

        id rather have 2 sd than 1 cf

  • roadie

    Not to hi-jack the thread, but I’d like to seek some advices here. This is an image showing the dust on my D800’s sensor. I’ve got 18k actuation on my camera and I’ve never cleaned the sensor. I’m planning to either clean it myself or take it to Nikon. But does it look kind of normal to you with this amount of dust? To be honest I never check for dusts with my previous cameras (from D70s, D200, D300) because they just won’t show in normal day-to-day pictures. I’ve sold them so I can’t compare….

    • Eric Calabos

      looks like sensor of a war photographer’s camera in Syria

    • Cyrille Berger

      It also depends how often you change lens, and if you are doing it in “dusty” environment. Otherwise, oil splater tend to be on the side of the sensor, your spots are spread everywhere on the image, which would indicate that it is dust getting in the camera.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      Thats looks pretty dusty, but still normal. Clean it and shoot on.

      Every DSLR needs a bit of cleaning from time to time. A Giottos Rocket Air is a quick and convenient way to get rid of most everyday dust, and a wet clean is required from time to time to get rid of the more nasty particles.

    • Spy Black

      The out-of-focus stuff there is a mystery, because it doesn’t look like something on your sensor, more like something on your lens. What lens did you use to take this shot? The streaks are weird too. If you’re going to clean it yourself, first hit your mirror chamber with air to blow it out with the mirror down, then with the mirror up. Then blow the sensor itself. Follow that with a fluid cleaning using a cleaner kit like this:
      Then perform this test again. You may need to wipe the sensor down a few times.

      • roadie

        I used the Samyang 35mm 1.4 for the shot. I am thinking I probably should bring it to Nikon for this clean-up because it’s really quite nasty. I better off doing future maintenance clean-up. I don’t want to scratch the low-pass filter while wiping it. I believe some of the spots might be tiny sand particles because I’ve changed the lens a few times in a windy and sandy environment (was doing astrophotography so didn’t notice how dusty it was until we’re done and turned on the bright flashlights on our way out.)

        • Spy Black

          Yeah, that’s probably a good idea. The Samyang is fantastic, especially for it’s price.

  • lorenzo

    Remember that French guy that tortured a D4, dropping it in water, freezing it and then burning it? I wonder why he didn’t think of dropping a D600/D800 in a solution of gasoline and acetone; it would have certainly dissolved any extra oil – LOL.

    • Aldo

      Wasnt a d3?

  • Andrew

    I suspect that once the refurbished cameras are sold out and the D610 is released at $2,099, the price of used D600 cameras will move back up a little bit.

  • Bob

    Oh, I thought the free accessories would be a some grease detergent and a wholesale box of wipes. At least throw in decent software for dust removal. Company really doesn’t know much about the products they are selling.

  • Javy

    I bought my D600 on Dec last year in Besbuy Canada. I paid for the kit (camera + kit lens) 1920$. I am planing to buy to D610 only if Nikon upgrades the focusing system and a better screen resolution. I relay would like to see some touch screen but i dont think nikon will deliver that yet.

  • Tags

    Too late Nikon… I was loyal Nikonian for 5 years but swapped when I went from crop Nikon to FF with Canon. The IQ difference is definitely there (nikon superior by a wide margin), but I can’t stand companies releasing a defective product and then initially telling customers it’s not actually a problem. I’m sure Canon could release the next amazing dust producing camera, however my fellow shooters have had an infinitely better customer service experience with Canon. Entry level or not, 2000 dollars is a lot of money, even for people like me who do shoot for pay. The canons are a lot like shooting slide film… if you know what you are doing the results are adequate for ANY shooting scenario but poor technique will cost you.

    • Joseph Li

      I am sure so many are tempted to go that route just like you, myself included…but i just love my nikon glass…dammit

      • Tags

        Truth be told I prefer Nikon glass (however this preference will vary depending on which manufacturer updates which lenses at any given time; both canon and nikon have great and mediocre lenses). The new 85mm 1.8 is a beast; I loved that lens. If you are satisfied with your Nikon body don’t switch! I was just at a juncture where I had to make a choice, and the lack of Nikon’s attention to the sensor issue made it an easy one for me. I wouldn’t personally care if I had to sensor clean every once in awhile, but it was the fact that Nikon simply tried to sweep the whole issue under the rug that bothered me. I’m just puzzled by how people keep saying frequent sensor cleaning is the norm… yet I’ve never had to sensor clean due to visible spots on photos shot at f11 or wider; and this is on cameras with 100k+ clicks and hundreds of lens changes. The fact that visible oil/dust showed up immediately gave me the sense that Nikon was sloppy. Stick with your Nikon glass unless you know you want FF right now and don’t want to experiment with the d600! In that case… the inferior (but reliable and ergonomically sound) canon 6d is waiting for you.

    • Maji

      hmmm… you are shooting Canon now but visiting and posting on Nikon related forums!!! I am sure Admin. loves to have more people reading this site, but to me it appears you have some deeper issues with Nikon. Perhaps a visit or a few visits, to a counselor can help you get over it.

      • Mabs

        Seems to me,it’s you in need of counselling.Bit fragile are we?

      • Tags

        I visit all the sites to stay abreast of any new gear on the horizon before I make investments for my shooting. I also enjoy seeing the technology move forward for my own curiosity even if I have no intention of making a purchase. Is this really a difficult concept for you to grasp on your own?

  • Shay

    The D600 has officially been taken off a few days ago.
    I’m happy I bought mine last month when there were only a few available cameras left. I love my D600!

  • Steph Cizmar

    To go D600 or used D700…that is the question????

    • Spy Black

      What do you need in a camera? That’s your answer.

      • Aldo

        performance vs mp and iq gains?

    • robert

      no contest d600. imo 2 memory slots is crucial

      • Steph Cizmar

        2 card slots isn’t enough for me to validate going D600. I want a camera that I’ll be able to keep for more than 1 year. I’ll be using it for newborn/kids, portraits, wedding etc…Can’t decide.

        • robert

          Youre setting yourself up for trouble with one slot a videographer worked for a friend and the critical bride groom meet had issues with corrupt files.

          Had he had another slot it would back it up to the other. Its the security the clients must have. D600/d3/d3s/d4/d800 whatever..two slots is a must. U owe the customers piece of mind otherwise ur setting yourself up for a possible lawsuit.

          And everything fails. Its only a matter of time. Everything has wear and tear.

          Do what u want. All i know is when one card decides to call in sick im covered.

          Im going with a d600 cause thats what i can afford right now. otherwise id get a used d3s or d3. D800 is not for me. D4..Id rather get more glass. The current cameras have enough mp.

  • Jon

    I’m interested that nobody seems to’ve mentioned that, whatever ‘improvements’ or additions may come in the rumoured D610, that it may come WITHOUT an AA filter going by current trends.
    Ps. Do wedding photogs like or dislike the ‘E’ version of the 800 as I would imagine moire being likely to show up in dress detail?

  • Global

    Its too expensive anyway. Nikon needs a $1600 camera in its lineup. And since there is still no D400 — the “entry level full-frame” should never have been $2000 bucks. That is still too much for an “entry level” full frame. We need a $1500 version of the D7200 with a full-frame sensor.

    • Global

      I wish for a Nikon lineup like this:

      D1100 –> Entry-level Mirrorless CX, cheap “Nikon 1”
      D2200 –> Mid-level Mirrorless CX, high MP & gimmicks
      D3300 –> Pro-level Mirrorless CX, high ISO & speed

      D6200 –> Entry-level DX, high MP, with gimmicks
      D7200 –> Mid-level DX, optimized for video features
      D8200 –> Pro-level DX, high ISO, highly advanced

      D400 —> Pro-level Mirrorless DX, high MP & gimmicks
      D500 —> Pro-level Mirrorless FX, high ISO & speed
      [And a whole series of awesome pancake FX lenses.]

      D610 —-> Entry-level D7200 shaped FX
      D710 —-> Mid-level FX, extremely high ISO & speed
      D810 —-> Pro-level FX, integrated grip, bells & whistles

      D5 ——-> Pro-level, high ISO, medium-format MX format

  • Rock Kenwell

    D610 = D600 + Oil Sealer – Anti-Aliasing filter + $200

  • Alexis

    It’s down to $1,899.99 on Amazon now.

  • Jon Ingram

    Not sure how much over-stock is left, but I would expect bigger discounts to come in the future, especially if any of the major retailers have overlapping stock with the two versions.

  • Miss.Bridget

    My dad gave me the money to buy a D600 but after these reports I am now going toput it towards a Kawasaki 250cc Ninja motor bike instead,he will go off ‘ís brain.

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