Nikon’s D600 is Finally Here: Basically A Full Frame Sensor in a D7000 Body

First off you guys want to know the price. Amazon and B&H have the body only for around the same price (With B&H being a bit more expensive) for around $2,096. Or you can get it with a lens from Amazon or B&H for $2,696 approximately. And can be pre-ordered!

And now the news: holy crap Batman! Nikon did it! They’ve announced the feature packed D600 DSLR: the world’s first entry level full frame DSLR. All the specs that you care about are after the jump.

Tech Specs

Taken from the B&H Photo Video listing of the camera.

Effective Pixels 24.3MP
Image Size (Pixels) FX (36 x 24)
L: 6016 x 4016
M: 4512 x 3008
S: 3008 x 2008
DX (24 x 16)
L: 3936 x 2624
M: 2944 x 1968
S: 3008 x 1688
Image Sensor FX-format 35.9 x 24mm CMOS sensor
Image Processor EXPEED 3
File Format NEF (RAW) 12 or 14-bit compressed, JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic), JPEG + NEF (RAW)
Movie Format 1920 x 1080/30p, 25p, 24p
1280 x 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
Movie File Format MOV
Video Compression H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-6400 in 1/3, 1/2, or 1 steps (expandable to ISO 50-25600)
Exposure Metering System 2016-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses)
Exposure Metering Types Center-weighted, Spot
Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 5.5 fps (full resolution)
Shutter-Release Lag 0.052 sec
Autofocus System 39-point with 9 cross-type points and 7 center points
LCD Monitor 3.2″ / 8.1cm 921K-dot VGA TFT (170° viewing angle, 100% frame coverage, automatic brightness control)
Storage Media Type 2 x SD/SDHC/SDXC
Lens Mount Nikon F-mount
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 1.6 lb / 725.75 g

Images

The camera can also deliver photos via Wifi with the WU-1b attachment. Oh, and there’s a new Nikon 1 lens.

Analysis

This camera seems to have the same sensor as the Sony A99 announced yesterday. However, it also seems to give a lot more to the consumer. You get 5.5 fps, the EXPEED 3 processor, high ISO results up to 25,600, lighter weight, video recording at 1080p 30p 24p and 720p 60p, DX mode built into the camera (which means that you can shoot at the 1.5x crop if you’d like), 14 Bit RAW files, a 2016 pixel RGB meter, 39 point autofocus system, and 2 SD card slots.

To be honest, this is what every consumer has wanted. And in a way, that’s what I’m afraid of. While I fully believe that it is the photographer that creates the images and that creative vision in the end will win the day; everyone, their mother, and Uncle Bob all think that they’re already a photographer. This camera can potentially add even more saturation to an already super saturated market.

Granted, those who go for the high end wedding photographers (just as an example) will still go for the high end, but this will make it even tougher for those that still want to get into the market. In a way, I feel that full frame isn’t just for professionals anymore and because of this, I predict that in maybe two to three years we’re going to start to see another shift in the photo industry.

We may indeed start to see things go backwards a bit: meaning that with full frame coming down to the masses, we may start to see medium format do the same. Wedding, portrait, and event photographers used to shoot with Medium Format all the time until digital came around and ate it up. I personally have stopped shooting 35mm film because of just how good my 5D Mk II is. I shoot 120 film and 3 x 4 Instant as well. And while the price may still be high for some, I still believe that we’re going to start to see another shift in the market. We already started to see it with premium mirrorless cameras and large sensor compacts (like wedding photographers and photojournalists picking up the X100 and X Pro 1 as second bodies.)

It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. But to be honest, it’s starting to feel a little cramped in here with all the people just shooting in Auto mode.

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