Normally we leave camera rumors alone until the actual real thing is launched. But the stories whirling around the internet regarding the Nikon D600 are too much to resist.
The D600 is said to be an entry-level full-frame DSLR, coming in at a price way below the new D800, and also the amazing D700. This is a big deal as full-frame (35mm film sized) DSLRs have always been reserved for the high (and expensive) end of manufacturers’ lineups. And now, we have (purported) photos to prove it.
The full rumored (and partially guessed) specs are below, but a few things stand out. First is the relatively low maximum ISO: At just 6,400, this is behind modern day specs.
On the other hand, face detection in DSLRs is pretty new (the D4 does it, for example) and weather sealing is certainly a high-end feature. And if this thing comes in at under a grand and offers full-frame video shooting (as it seems that it will) then it could be a complete Canon 5D MkII killer, despite being in a different range altogether.
If this turns out to be real, I see it as the beginning of the end for crop-sensor SLRs. Some will still be around (sports and wildlife shooters like them because they make their telephoto lenses half as long again, for free), but everyone else will enjoy the shallower depth-of-field and greater range of second-hand lenses available to full-frame cameras.
Remember back when DSLRs were all over $1,000 and only bought by pros? Full frame might see the same journey to the mass market as those.
24.7MP full frame sensor
Weight: 760g (850g with battery and memory cards), the D800 weights 900g
3.2″ LCD with 921K dot with ambient sensor control
Video compression: H264/MPEG–4
Full HD with 30p, 25p, 24p, HD with 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
Viewfinder coverage: 100% for FX , 97% for Dx
Built-in AF motor
Probably weather sealed
No built-in GPS as initially reported
ISO range: 100–6400 (with Lo–1 ISO 50 and Hi–2 ISO 25,600)
39 AF points (with an option of 11 AF points), 9 cross-type AF points
AF face detection
Exposure compensation: ±5 EV (same as the D800)
The D600 will probably use the EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery