Play, Print and Edit Features
Overview: The D600 is Nikon's new full-frame high resolution
DSLR, but in a slightly smaller package than the D800 or D4. The camera has the
Nikon F bayonet mount, and is compatible with Nikon AF NIKKOR lenses, including
Type G and D lenses, as well as DX lenses. No lenses are included with this
"body only" kit.
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. No memory card
is supplied with the camera. When two cards are used, you can choose the role
played by the card in slot 2:
- Overflow: Card in Slot 2 is used only when the card in Slot 1 is
- Backup: Each picture is recorded onto cards in both slots
- RAW/JPEG: NEF/RAW images are recorded only to the card in Slot 1
while JPEG images are recorded only to the card in Slot 2.
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
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
|Format (Image Area)
|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:
||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:
- Single-Point AF: The camera will focus on the subject
in the selected focus point only.
- Dynamic Area AF:
The camera offers a choice of three different size areas to match the movement of the
subject, using groups of 9, 21 or all 39 focus points.
3D-Tracking: In AF-C focus mode, the camera will track subjects
that leave the selected focus point and select new focus points as required.
- Auto Area AF: The camera automatically detects
subject and selects focus point. If a face is detected, the camera will give
priority to the portrait subject.
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:
- Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): camera focuses
automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The focus
remains locked while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The
picture will only be taken when the in-focus indicator is displayed.
Recommended for stationary subjects.
- Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): camera focuses
continuously while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
Photographs can be taken whether or not the camera is in focus. Recommended
for moving subjects.
- Auto-servo Autofocus (AF-A): camera automatically
selects single servo autofocus if staionary, continuous servo autofocus if
subject is moving.
- Manual (MF): focus must be adjusted manually using the
lens focusing ring
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:
- Single Frame: camera takes
one photograph each time the shutter-release button is pressed
- Continuous Low Speed: while shutter-release button is
held down, the camera records at 1-5 frames per second.
- Continuous High Speed: while the shutter-release button is held
down, the camera records up to 5.5 frames per second.
- Quiet Shutter-Release: during single frame shooting,
noise is reduced by disabling the beeps and minimizing the sound produced
when the mirror drops back into place.
- Self-Timer: use self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce
blurring caused by camera shake; you can set the self-timer to 2, 5, 10 or
- Remote Control: shutter is controlled using the
shutter-release button on the optional
ML-L3 remote control
- Mirror Up: choose this mode to minimize camera shake in telephoto
or close-up photography or in other situations in which the slightest camera
movement can result in blurred photographs
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.
- Programmed Auto (P): camera sets shutter speed and aperture for
optimal exposure according to a built-in program; recommended for snapshots
and other situations in which there is little time to adjust camera settings
- Shutter-Priority Auto (S): user chooses shutter speed while camera sets aperture for best results;
use to freeze or blur motion. The shutter speed can be set from 30 to 1/4000
- Aperture-Priority Auto (A):
user chooses aperture while camera sets shutter speed for best results; use
to blur background for portraits or bring both foreground and background into
focus for landscape shots
- Manual (M): user controls
both shutter speed and aperture for complete control over exposure
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
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.
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
- 3D Color Matrix II: If using a type G or D lens, you
can utilize 3D Color Matrix Metering II (or Color Matrix Metering II with
other CPU lenses). The camera meters a wide area of the frame and sets exposure according to distribution of
brightness, color, distance, and composition for natural results
camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight (75%) to the area in
the center of the frame. The diameter of the circle can be set to 8, 15,
or 20mm, or weighting can be based on the average of the entire frame.
(Non-CPU lenses use a 12mm circle or average of entire frame.)
- Spot: The camera
meters inside a 4mm diameter circle (approximately 1.5% of frame). The circle is centered on
the selected focus
area, making it possible to meter off-center subjects.
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:
- Auto: Choose from Auto, Normal, or Keep Warm Lighting Colors
- Fluorescent: Choose from Sodium-Vapor lamps, Warm-White
Fluorescent, White Fluorescent, Cool-White Fluorescent, Day White
Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, and High-temperature Mercury Vapor
- Direct Sunlight
- Color Temperature: Choose a color temperature from a list of
- Preset Manual: manually set the white balance using the
subject, light source, or existing photograph in the memory card as
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
- Standard: standard processing for balanced results; recommended
for most situations
- Neutral: minimal processing for natural results; recommended for
photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched
- Vivid: pictures are enhanced for a vivid, photo-print effect;
recommended for photos that emphasize primary colors
- Monochrome: takes monochrome photographs
- Portrait: process portrait for skin with natural
texture and a rounded feel
- Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes
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:
- Quick Adjust: allows you to reduce or
exaggerate the effect of the selected Picture Control Preset from -2 to +2
- Sharpening: controls the sharpness of
outlines from 0 to 9; you can also select Auto which adjust the sharpness
automatically according to the scene
- Contrast: adjust contrast automatically
according to the type of scene or chose from values between -3 to +3 to
increase or decrease the contrast of your subject
- Brightness: reduce or enhanced brightness
level from -1 to +1; this does not affect exposure
- Saturation (for non-monochrome): automatically adjust saturation
according to the type of scene or choose from values between -3 to +3 to
lower or increase your subject's saturation
- Hue (for non-monochrome): adjust your subject's hue from -3 to
+3 to change the level of Hue
- Filter Effects (for monochrome): simulate the effect of
color filters on monochrome photographs from yellow, orange, red, green or
- Toning (for monochrome): choose the tint used in monochrome
photographs from B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue Green, Blue,
Purple Blue, or Red Purple.
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:
- Auto Flash: When lighting is poor or subject is
backlit, the flash pops up automatically when the shutter-release button is
pressed halfway, and fires as required.
- Red-Eye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp lights
for approximately one second before the flash fires to reduce the red-eye effect.
- Slow Sync: Flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both
subject and background at night or under dim light. (Tripod recommended)
- Rear-Curtain Sync: The flash fires just
before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following
moving subjects. In programmed auto and aperture-priority auto, slow
rear-curtain sync is used to capture both subject and background. (Tripod
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
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.
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-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 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
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-1A GPS Unit: The Nikon GP-1A GPS unit allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be
recorded with each photograph taken.
Play, Print and Edit
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
Delete: allows you to delete the current image or all
the images in the selected folder or folders
Playback Folder: allows you to play back the images
in the current folder, all folders created with the D600, or all folders on
the memory card
Hide Image: allows you to hide and reveal selected
pictures. Hidden images can only be deleted by formatting the memory card.
Display Options: choose from either a detailed display
of information or a basic display of information
Copy Images: copy pictures from one memory card to another
Image Review: When
this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after
the picture is taken.
After Delete: choose the picture displayed after an
image is deleted (next, previous, continue)
Rotate Tall: portrait photos are displayed in tall
orientation during playback
Slide Show: allows you to play back images one after
the other in a slide-show fashion. You can select the type of images to
display, and how long each photo will be displayed.
Print Set (DPOF): used to create a digital "print
order" that lists the photographs to be printed, the number of copies, and
the information to be included on each print for use with
PictBridge-compatible computers or devices that support DPOF.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
- Windows: Pre-installed version of:
- Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise,
Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
- Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise,
Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
- Windows XP: 32-bit versions of Home Edition, Professional
(Service Pack 3)
Note: All installed programs run as 32-bit
applications in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Macintosh: Mac OS X version 10.5.8, 10.6.8, or 10.7.2