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Nikon D600 Digital Camera Review

Nikon's D600 is just a strong as the D800, minus the extra resolution.

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Shooting Modes

The locking mode dial, found at the upper left side of the body, features all the classic "PASM" shooting modes, a fully automatic "green" mode, a similar automatic mode without flash, plus two customizable modes, and a setting for Scene modes.

Manual Controls

All variables may be set to manual control, and even the behavior of automatic features may be configured manually, like ISO range. Manual focus is on each lens, and autofocus may be configured to single, continuous, or auto (that's right: auto-autofocus). There's even an option to fine-tune each of the three metering modes to your liking. Basically, this is a really deep camera. You want manual controls? You got 'em.

Focus

We detected no differences in the focus speed of the D600 versus the D800 in a side-by-side comparison. Both cameras lock on quietly, precisely, and almost instantaneously. This alleviates one of our chief fears concerning the D600: that the camera's different autofocus system, which features only 39 AF points to the D800's 51, would be inferior. Thankfully, it's not.

Recording Options

Images may be captured in full sized FX format, or cropped down to DX for lenses intended for smaller sensors. Beyond that, three settings of varying size are available for each format.

By the way, you could also use any FX lens in DX crop mode as a way of increasing focal length.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Hardware
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Video Features
  21. Specs & Ratings
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