Nikon D600 Digital Camera Review
Nikon's D600 is just a strong as the D800, minus the extra resolution.
The D600's recording speed of 30 frames per second producing much more trailing than what we've come to expect from 60p devices, however the motion test was otherwise free of issues. We noticed only minor compression artifacting and even fewer occurrences of poor overall smoothness. Frequency interference is nonexistent. More on how CamcorderInfo tests motion.
Under full studio illumination and while shooting video with the kit lens, the D800 is capable of resolving 750 lp/ph of detail both horizontally and vertically. Our sharpness test footage was surprisingly polluted by moire, despite the presence of an optical low pass filter. Ultimately this result places the D600 in line with the more expensive D800, but lagging behind the Canon 5D Mark III. More on how CamcorderInfo tests video sharpness.
Under low light, the camera's video sharpness performance dips a bit, but not by much. Image noise starts to affect the footage in dim lighting, so this time the D600 resolved 650 lp/ph both horizontally and vertically.
Low Light Sensitivity
Just like the D800, the D600 was able to produce a 50 IRE video image using only 4 lux of ambient illumination, making both of these models some of the most sensitive we've tested. Note the D600's auto-gain will not meter past ISO 6400, so for the sake of consistency, that's the maximum we tested. If you choose to manually increase sensitivity beyond the sensor's native range, to ISO 25600 equivalent, the D600 requires only 1 lux of illumination to gather 50 IRE.
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