Nikon D600 rumors – the most affordable full frame?

by Enche Tjin on May 10, 2012

According to the rumor, Nikon D600 will be released at Photokina 2012, which is held on September this year. Nikon D600 will be an entry level Nikon full frame (FX) series. D600 is not a replacement for Nikon D300s or D700. It is positioned in the middle of the two.

Artist rendition of Nikon D600

Artist rendition of Nikon D600

D600 is designed for amateurs/hobbyists who want to taste the full frame camera without having to spend $2000+ To save cost, Nikon will likely to:

1. Use a cheaper Auto Focus module (39 AF points instead of 51 AF points)

2. May not has built-in auto focus motor. So users will only able to use AF if they use AF-S lenses or lenses that has internal AF motor built-in. Cheaper Nikon AF-S zoom lens will also be available (24-70mm f/3.5-5.6) D600 has built in body motor

3. Cheaper but less strong body materials. ($2100)

Nikon-D600According to rumor, Nikon D600 also will has these following specs

  • 24 MP FX sensor, DX crop 10 MP
  • Expeed 3 processor, 16 bit processing
  • 5.5 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 39 AF points, 9 cross type
  • 3.2″ LCD screen
  • Max shutter 1/4000
  • Max shutter flash sync 1/200 second
  • ISO 100-6400 expand up to 25600
  • 2 SD card slots with eye-fi support
  • 1/250 flash sync speed
  • Two user setting U1 & U2
  • GPS
  • HD Video 30 minutes recording
  • Built in mic
  • in-camera RAW editor
  • Built-in time lapse ability
  • Built-in HDR
  • Weight: 850g with battery and card
  • Very small and lightweight body
  • 16 bit image processing
  • Expeed 3 processor
  • Maximum video recording: 30 minutes
  • Built-in mic
  • 19 scene modes
  • Magnesium alloy only on top and back only
  • Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000
  • Shutter life: 150,000 cycles (the D800 is rated for 200,000 cycles)
  • Battery EN-EL5 (same as D7000, D800)
  • optional wifi transmitter

I think that D600 will not sway the current Nikon D700 owners, because D700 is still a better camera in many respects especially the auto focus module and continuous shooting speed (with battery grip). D700 does not have ability to record HD video or 24 MP tho. Nikon D600 might be an interesting camera for D7000 or D300S users who plan to jump into full frame category without having to spend over $2100.

Read also: Nikon D600 vs Nikon D700 vs Nikon D800

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