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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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Automatic Features

A fully automatic "green" mode is available on the mode dial, and it removes some—though not all—of the choice and control from photography. This is still your best option for handing off the camera to non-experts, though you'll probably need to tweak one or two basic settings before doing so.

Buttons & Dials

Logically, the D600's control scheme is typical Nikon. A cluster of dual-purpose buttons are arranged vertically along the left side of the monitor, while the right side of the rear panel is reserved for buttons within reach of the right thumb, including AE-L, Live View, the directional pad, as well as the rear control dial (one of two found on the D600).

Menu

While many of us here at the office are partial to Canon menu interfaces, those with Nikon allegiance will be pleased by the D600's control style. Nikon's DSLR menus are more expert-oriented than their Canon counterparts. They're more closely based on buttons, more physical, and therefore require a much steeper learning curve. The tradeoff comes once you finally get a hang of the menus, and start to remember where options are, at which time you'll find most shooting options are fast at hand, without the need to navigate through any menus at all.

When the main menu is necessary, you'll find the same horizontal tab-based orientation that Nikon has been using for years. The location of a given setting isn't always intuitive, so here again a learning is in place for those that don't already own a Nikon DSLR. Navigation is accomplished primarily with the directional pad, which is adequate.

Instruction Manual

The D600 ships with a thick, comprehensive user's manual that features both a table of contents and index. Each section is tabbed on the outside edge of each page, so the huge document is easy to thumb through quickly. Plus, there's two of them, one in English and one in Spanish.

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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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