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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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Speed and Timing

An entire locking dial is dedicated to drive modes, which include two continuous settings, a customizable self-timer, quiet shutter mode, mirror-up mode, and remote control mode.

Continuous burst speed is rated to a maximum for 5.5 frames per second in Continuous High, or anywhere from 1 to 5 frames per second in Continuous Low. Our tests confirmed Nikon's claim. We clocked the D600 at a peak speed of 5.72 frames per second in full resolution JPEG. The buffers fills up after around 30 shots, after which shooting speed drops down. Maximum burst is 100 consecutive shots.

The self-timer is fully customizable. Countdown time may be set to either 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, or 20 seconds; and number of shots may be set between 1 and 9. Even the interval between shots is user configurable, between a half second or three seconds.

All this is separate from the D600's built-in interval timer, which is exceptionally robust and a compelling feature for time-lapse photographers.

Focus Speed

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.

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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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