5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nikon D600 really does the stuff,
This review is from: Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (24.3MP) 3.2 inch LCD (Electronics)
I am not really a gear head but my eyesight is getting a bit worse and I found the bigger viewfinder really helped me sooooo..... I traded my d300 and a couple of DX lenses in at a local dealer against a D600 and 50mm f1.8 AFS, would have loved to use amazon and save myself 150 quid. Enough said, this reminds me of my first and only camera for 25 years the Nikon FE in that it is smaller lighter than the professional models but is still capable of stunning results. Nikon really do have great ergonomics and everything is almost infinitley customisable to your style, tough there is less direct access to some functions as in the professional models via dedicated buttons to me this is more than offset by U1 and U2 settings that let you keep your favourite settings at the twist of a knob so to speak. Build quality is on the whole very good, but some buttons and the command dials lack the solidity of other models. Image quality is very very very good and in low light the pixels just seem to suck light in. The images are sharp with plenty of detail and rich and graduated tones right through the spectrum. The light has been rubbish all week and I can't wait to see what this camera is really capable of. ISO is very good I photographed a friends birthday party at ISO 5000 in a darkened hall and got very useable images. AF is excellent bearing in mind that if you want to photograph a black cat in a coal seller it will struggle or you want to focus on a moving subject right across the frame. I found the setting - AFA mode with 39 points very fast and predictable for everyday use.
Add to that the brilliant Nikon CLS system for flash and there is very little the D600 cannot do. I particularly like the option of the HDR mode for capturing both sky and subject which is invaluable for where high and lowlights light details get lost.
All in all Nikon got it just right for the price point, this is an enthusiast camera for those who like to take a wide variety of photographs and it will reward you with some stunning results. If you are more specialised then think carefully about this camera and look at the D800/D4 if your budget allows. I do some weddings when asked and I can't wait with the D600. Any downsides? one or two, Nikon Capture NX2 is not included so you will have to purchase this if you want the full benefit of the Nefs and one other thing the function wheel on the back is a bit small. Otherwise Nikon can put a brilliant tool for picture taking in your hands at a price that has become very much more affordable but still isn't cheap, now for a wide angle zoom.....