Nikon D600 - assessment and conclusion


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Quite simply the Nikon D600 is a great all-rounder. Its not the quickest, its not the sharpest, it hasn't got all the bells and whistles and fluff that (some) people like, but it is amazingly versatile, has access to one of the (if not the) greatest lens ranges available and at a price point of £1500 is extremely good value if you are an enthusiast, a semi-pro, a professional or aspiring to be any of those.

Its a typical Nikon in that its easy to use and get to know. Nikon have kept things pretty much the same for a while now, and I see that as a good thing. If it ain't broke etc. Its a DSLR and they are old-fashioned, out-of-date, soon to be obsolete monsters aren't they? Well probably not, since DSLR's will only disappear if people stop buying them and there seems to be no sign of that happening just yet. It is of course reasonably heavy, but its the lightest Nikon camera with a 35mm sized sensor so far.

Ah yes the sensor. What most people talk about. The ill-named "full-frame" experience available for not much more than a top of the range mirrorless, and of course a lot less than a Leica. It is for everyone to decide whether this 35mm sized sensor works for them. For me it does and it doesn't, depending on what I'm doing, but to be honest I have no really strong feelings either way. I like the increased DOF from my m4/3 cameras but I also like the "film" type look from cameras like this.

I'm sure this camera will sell very well indeed. Nikon announced it and made it available almost immediately, a marketing coup which other companies will hopefully be copying soon. Its pretty much a case of this is it, its pretty good, you can buy it if you want. Can't remember the last time that happened and its very refreshing. 

The D600 will handle just about anything you ask it too. Its capable of indoor low light work, outdoor action shots and more considered landscape, studio, portrait, social photography or anything else you need as a photographer. I can see commercial photographers snapping one of these up without much thought, as a tool this good for this amount of money is a no-brainer if you are a Nikon pro. And its not priced outside the reach of many enthusiasts either. If you are wanting to upgrade from something like a D7000, then apart from the fact you'll need some 35mm lenses if you don't have them already, its not really that much of a financial burden if you are planning to sell your APS-C camera.

I've already written that I still think my D800E produces sharper images for what I do, but if I had to use a D600 and nothing else then I wouldn't be disappointed. I suspect that its going to pick up lots of awards as its a wonderful combination of features, build and image quality and good value. Its difficult to think of anything negative to write about it, but I'm sure if you look around a few forums then others will have "issues". But then what camera has ever been free of that? I can't really see how anybody could be disappointed with it and if you want a Nikon DSLR with a 35mm sensor then I'm prepared to add my voice to those others who have done so already and will in the future, and recommend it.


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