2 years ago – The Nikon D600

This blogpost is about the Nikon D600, which i got after returning the Nikon D800 in the same year 2013, see my blogpost about the Nikon D800 here

Now the D600 is a camera which i loved for its image quality and the amazing sony sensor in it which was available also for a good price, but then in the end i totally hated it because of the sensor dust issue.

To make this clear, this post is NOT against Nikon DLSRs, i love the images i got from this camera, but what i´m writing here are my honest experiences.

That sensor dust was all over the pictures, in the end and i spent more time cleaning the pictures then with processing them, which was totally annoying. I had to send it in 2 times and waited a month+ to get it back, just to find the same dust issue again and even had some hairs in the viewfinder after getting it back. Then i was so upset that i decided to sell it, and i was very happy that i could find someone who wanted to buy it.

There was a chance that i could probably get a Nikon D610 for exchange, when i would have sent it in again, but i just thought no thanks thats it with Nikon.

Nikon should really learn from their mistakes, improve their quality assurance and customner support!

It´s really a shame that this excellent camera had such a bad quality assurance, as i wrote i really loved it for the image quality and it had also very good dynamic range and ISO performance.

About the Nikon D600

  • 24.3 million effective pixel (24.7 megapixel raw) full-frame (35.9 mm × 24 mm) sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor.
  • ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
  • Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 39 focus points (including nine cross-type sensors)
  • Single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF modes or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject
  • Image formats: NEF (RAW): 12- or 14-bit; lossless compressed or compressed. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); optimal quality compression available. Also NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
  • Full HD movie mode 1,920 x 1,080 (progressive, 1080p) at 30p(29.97fps)/25p(25fps)/24p(23.976fps), 1,280 x 720 at 60p(59.94fps)/50p/30p/25p. File format: MOV: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Expeed video processor. Audio format: Linear PCM. Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable. HDMI HD video out with support of uncompressed video. Maximum film length of approx. 29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
  • Inbuilt time-lapse photography intervalometer
  • U1 and U2 user programmable modes to recall custom camera settings
  • Dual memory card slots, Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
  • Compatible with SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Eye-Fi WLAN compatible
  • 100% viewfinder coverage in FX, 97% viewfinder coverage in DX mode
  • 5.5 fps in CH (continuous high speed), approx. 1 to 5 fps (CL (continuous low speed)
  • Built-in High dynamic range imaging (HDR) mode
  • Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
  • Start up to shoot ready in 0.13 seconds
  • 0.052 second shutter release
  • Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body
  • GPS interface for direct geotagging supported by Nikon GP-1

Lenses i had at this time where the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 which has great IQ, the Tamron 70-300mm, and in the end the outstanding sharp and fast Sigma 35mm 1.4. Here are my favorite pictures i made with the D600:


As you can see you can get some nice images with this camera, you could try the successor the Nikon D610 which you can get for a good price now.


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