Nikon D600 Camera Bundle
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Pros: Very sharp
Cons: Focus points all in the middle. Would like to see them spread out a little.
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Is there anything that can rival that arresting full-frame look? Something about the way a big sensor interacts with well-tuned, big aperture optics makes you stop and look at every image that's generated. The Nikon D600 combines the wonderful creative options of this pairing with an attractive price point. From the moment we saw all the value this product offers, we knew we were going to have a challenge keeping this bad boy in stock.
The Nikon D600 full-frame DSLR, shown with Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5 - 5.6 ED VR II lens
And now, this great camera is bundled with an incredibly versatile 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and a couple of great accessories: a roomy Nikon shoulder bag to help you carry it (and a small laptop) anywhere the image awaits, and a Sandisk 32GB SDHC memory card, so you've got plenty of space to store what you capture. The lens offers a 10.7X zoom range, and it's VR stabilized, so it's the perfect travel companion, able to snag close-up architectural detail and vast landscapes within the same ten-second period.
Let's start with an exciting feature video shooters will appreciate. Building on the success of this camera's big brother, the D800, Nikon chose to once again offer an uncompressed HDMI output on the D600. This gives you the ability to route a pristine broadcast-quality signal to an external recording device or to a high-end critical evaluation monitor. Add the on-board headphone output, audio metering, and external microphone in jack, and you're well on the way to directing your next film festival short.
At 24.3-megapixels, you'll have plenty of definition for even your most demanding subjects, and with a fast 5.5 frames per second continuous shooting rate at full resolution, you won't miss the perfect moment either. The D600 has twin SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card bays, so you'll be able to keep on shooting with media that's easy to find. And with the high-resolution, 3.2-inch LCD display, you'll be able to compose those shots with ease, especially with the incorporated electronic level keeping everything well-aligned.
You'll have more "keepers" as well, because the 39-area autofocus system will lock you in sync with your moving subject, even in low light. And while this camera is optimized for full-frame Nikkor lenses, if you've had an APS-C sensor camera in the past, this camera is compatible with Nikon's DX format lenses as well — using a special crop mode to keep your investment useful. It also has an in-body autofocus motor, so it can use older, non-AF-S lenses.
One of the exciting options available for this model is Wi-Fi® camera control and mobile sharing, made possible by the optional WU-1b wireless mobile adapter. Apps are available for your Android™ or Apple® smartphone or tablet. You can share your photos with any compatible Wi-Fi device. Essentially, this allows you to control your camera's shutter from a distance while you view what the camera is seeing, and share those files later. Not only is it awfully handy when you want to be in the picture, it's a big time saver when it's time to get your files in a safe place for storage.
Take a look at some of the bullets below. Now take a look at the price above. See if you don't agree that this is one of the best values the photography world has seen in a while, feature for feature. To make sure you get the full impact, come back and look at the "details" tab above when we've had a chance to get one in our labs to give it the real shakedown. Quite frankly, we can't wait. You probably shouldn't either.
Anonymous, Atwater, CA
Average Customer Review(s):
Pros: Very sharp
Cons: Focus points all in the middle. Would like to see them spread out a little.
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-300mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.3|
|Highest Resolution||6016 x 4016|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080/30p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||61.3|
|Parts Warranty||1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg|
|Labor Warranty||1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg|
Package Overview: The D600 is Nikon's new full-frame high resolution DSLR, but in a slightly smaller package than the D800 or D4. This D600 package includes the camera body with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and battery charger, and the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR high-quality telephoto zoom lens. It also includes a SanDisk 32GB Class 10 SDHC memory card and a Nikon D-SLR/Laptop Shoulder Bag. The bag is 17"W x 11"H x 6.5"D, and can hold the camera body, 2 lenses (including the 28-300mm), accessories, and a laptop computer (up to 15").
Image Sensor: The D600 is equipped with the Nikon FX-format, 35.9 x 24.0mm CMOS image sensor with 24.7 million total pixels (and 24.3 million effective pixels). The Nikon FX format enables photographers to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format, or switch to DX format.
Magnesium Alloy Body: The D600 features rugged, durable and lightweight magnesium alloy for the top and rear frames, to achieve better durability and lighter weight. Extensive weather sealing gives the D600 dust- and moisture-proof protection, allowing you to work in harsh environments.
EXPEED 3 Image Processing: Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology provides superb image fidelity and reduced noise, even at high ISOs. EXPEED 3 can also handle data-intensive tasks, like Full HD video recording at broadcast quality 30p, with ease.
Dual Media Slots: The D600 has dual slots that can accommodate SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory cards, including UHS-1 cards for faster data transfer. Class 6 or higher write speeds are recommended for movie recording. A 32GB SDHC Class 10 memory card is supplied in this special bundle. When two cards are used, you can choose the role played by the card in slot 2:
Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 100 photographs can be taken in succession.
LCD Monitor: The Nikon D600 features 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot (VGA), color TFT LCD monitor with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100% frame coverage. The monitor has adjustable brightness control using an ambient brightness sensor. The D600 features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting.
Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the D600 has an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage in FX format (97% in DX format). It has a diopter adjustment knob so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.7x magnification. The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with superimposed AF brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject. The camera comes with the DK-5 eyepiece cover to prevent light from entering the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod.
Still Image Size/Quality: The D600 records still images in JPEG and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image sizes:
|Format (Image Area)||Large||Medium||Small|
|FX (36 x 24)||6016 x 4016||4512 x 3008||3008 x 2008|
|DX (24 x 16)||3936 x 2624||2944 x 1968||1968 x 1312|
(Movie Live View)
|6016 x 3376||4512 x 2528||3008 x 1688|
(Movie Live View)
|3936 x 2224||2944 x 1664||1968 x 1112|
* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the supplied ViewNX2 software.
Movies: The camera can record broadcast-quality movies in MOV format with MPEG-4/H.264 advanced video coding and Linear PCM audio. Audio is recorded using the built-in monaural microphone, or an external stereo microphone. Image quality can be set to High or Normal. The maximum length of movies are up to 29 min 59 sec (20 minutes for High Quality movies). The available movie options include:
|Frame Size||Frame Rate||Maximum Bit Rate|
|1920 x 1080||30p (progressive) (29.97 fps)
25p (25 fps)
24p (23.976 fps)
|High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
|1280 x 720||60p (59.94 fps)
50p (50 fps)
|High Quality: 24 Mbps
Normal Quality: 12 Mbps
|30p (29.97 fps)
25p (23.976 fps)
|High Quality: 12 Mbps
Normal Quality: 8 Mbps
39-Point Autofocus System: The D600 is equipped with the Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with 39 focus points, including 9 cross-type sensors. The center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8 while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8.
AF-Area Modes: The D600 offers a choice of four focus area modes that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:
Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.
Electronic Range Finder: If the connected lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster, the camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus (the focus point can be selected from any of the 39 focus points).
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. The illuminator has a range of approximately 1'-8" to 9'-10".
Release Modes: The release mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:
Interval Timer Photography: The D600 is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can select the number of intervals (up to 999), and the number of shots taken per interval (up to 9).
Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.
User Settings: The Mode Dial has two positions, U1 and U2, for assigning frequently-used settings. Settings can be saved in the following: flexible program (mode P), shutter speed (modes S and M), aperture (modes A and M), exposure and flash compensation, flash mode, focus point, metering, autofocus and AF-area modes, bracketing, and settings in the shooting and custom settings menus.
Scene Modes: When the Mode Dial is set to "Scene", you can choose a scene mode that automatically optimizes settings to suit the selected scene. You can choose from: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait, Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, and Low Key.
Long Time-Exposures: When Bulb shooting is selected, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks. An optional tripod and optional remote cord (MC-DC2) are recommended to prevent blur.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV.
Metering: The D600 utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering using the camera's 2,016-pixel RGB sensor. You can choose one of the following metering methods:
Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two or three exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.
White Balance: White balance ensures that colors are unaffected by the color of the light source. You can choose one of the following white balance options:
Bracketing (P, S, A, & M modes): Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, "bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment used and the number of shots. Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can manually select settings of ISO 100 to ISO 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV. For special occasions, expanded settings of Lo 0.3 (equivalent to ISO 80), Lo 1 (50), Hi 0.3 (8000) and Hi 2 (25600) are available.
Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers six preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene:
Picture Control Settings: The Preset Picture Controls listed above can be modified to suit a particular scene or your creative content. The following manual adjustments can be made:
Color Space: The color space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or retouched after leaving the camera.
Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Low, Normal, High, Extra High and Off.
Built-In Speedlight: The D600 has a pop-up flash that provides coverage for the angle of view of a 24mm lens (or 16mm lens in DX format). The available flash modes vary with the shooting mode. The following flash modes are supported:
Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.
FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.
Lens Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm, f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is a 10.7x zoom lens, ideal for travel, landscapes, portraits, and distant subjects. It is designed for use with FX/35mm format cameras, but has been optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced and equivalent focal length becomes approximately 42-450mm (see Lens Specifications below).
Super Integrated Coating: Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.
ED Elements: Two built-in Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest available aperture.
Aspherical Lens Elements: The lens has 3 aspherical lens elements, which virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.
Internal Focus: Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens, retaining working distance throughout the focus range.
Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.
Nikon VR II Image Stabilization: Engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, the Vibration Reduction II Image Stabilization enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible. Vibration Reduction is performed through a lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs). In addition, Vibration Reduction has a Normal and Active Mode switch:
Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.
Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-50 bayonet-type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 2-7/16" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.
Zoom Lock: To prevent the lens from extending during transport, the Zoom Lock Switch secures the lens barrel at its minimum focal length.
Lens Warranty: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.
Speedlights: The Nikon D600 supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units. Optional flash units, such as the SB-400, SB-700, and SB-910, can be attached directly to the camera accessory shoe.
WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter: The WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter supports two-way communication between the camera and smart devices running the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility. It allows your wireless LAN-equipped smart device to control your camera remotely. You can release the shutter, select a focus point, and shoot in Time mode. The WU-1b is compatible with devices using Android OS, and the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility can be downloaded from Google Play at no charge. (Compatibility with iOS devices will be available Fall 2012.)
ML-L3: The ML-L3 Infrared Wireless Remote Control allows you to trigger the camera's shutter remotely when using slower shutter speeds to prevent camera movement. It offers immediate release mode and two second delay mode, and has an operating range of approximately 16 feet.
MC-DC2 Wired Remote Control: The MC-DC2 Wired Remote Control is designed to wirelessly control the shutter-button of the camera. It features a 41" cord terminated by a proprietary connector which plugs into the camera's accessory terminal. The shutter-release button can be locked in the full-pressed position by sliding the lock to the "Hold" position.
ME-1 Stereo Microphone: The ME-1 can record stereo sound while shooting movies. Audio recorded with the ME-1 plays back in stereo when the camera is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable.
GP-1 GPS Unit: The Nikon GP-1 GPS unit allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be recorded with each photograph taken.
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically during playback, or when viewed using the supplied ViewNX 2 or optional CaptureNX 2 software.
Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72 (9 x 8) images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 38x for large images, up to 28x for medium images, and up to 19x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.
Retouch Menu: The Retouched Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Quick Retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Perspective control, Miniature effect, Selective color, Edit movie, and Side-by-side comparison.
Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be viewed in CaptureNX 2 (software available separately) or the supplied ViewNX 2 software.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
HDTV Playback: The camera features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV or other high-definition video device. The output resolution to Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, or 1080i. The camera does not have a composite video output.
Battery: The D600 is powered by the EN-EL15 Lithium-ion battery (7.0V/1900mAh/14Wh). A fully-charged EN-EL15 can provide enough power for approximately 900 shots. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes using the supplied MH-25 battery charger.
Optional AC Adapter: You can power the camera for extended periods on ordinary household current with the EP-5B power connector and EH-5B AC adapter.
Multi-Power Battery Pack: The MB-D14 Multi-Power Battery Pack attaches to the bottom of the camera body, and can accept a rechargeable EN-EL15 battery, or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or Lithium batteries. The MB-D14 also has a shutter-release button, AF-ON button, Multi-selector, and Main- and Sub-command dials for easier operation when shooting photographs in portrait (tall) orientation.
ViewNX 2: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains a Nikon Transfer 2 function for transferring pictures from the camera to the computer, where ViewNX 2 can be used to view and print selected images or to edit photographs and movies. ViewNX 2 is compatible with computers with the following Operating Systems:
Note: All installed programs run as 32-bit applications in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista
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