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