Nikon D600

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Nikon D600 summary

Nikon D600 is Nikon's Advanced DSLR camera originally released on November of 2012. It comes with a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6016 x 4016.

Nikon released this camera in order to update the earlier Nikon D300S (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently released the newer Nikon D610 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this model.

The D600 is ranked #25 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and overall #135 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should look at our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D600 family

The Nikon D600 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
D600 vs D780
25MPFull frame7.0 fps2020
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D600 vs D850
46MPFull frame7.0 fps2017
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Nikon-D810A front thumbnailNikon D810A
D600 vs D810A
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D750 front thumbnailNikon D750
D600 vs D750
24MPFull frame6.5 fps2014
Nikon-D810 front thumbnailNikon D810
D600 vs D810
36MPFull frame5.0 fps2014
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D600 vs Df
16MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
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Nikon-D610 front thumbnailNikon D610
D600 vs D610
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2013
Nikon-D600 front thumbnailNikon D60024MPFull frame5.5 fps2012
Nikon-D800E front thumbnailNikon D800E
D600 vs D800E
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D800 front thumbnailNikon D800
D600 vs D800
36MPFull frame4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D300S front thumbnailNikon D300S
D600 vs D300S
12MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D700 front thumbnailNikon D700
D600 vs D700
12MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
Nikon-D300 front thumbnailNikon D300
D600 vs D300
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2008
Nikon-D200 front thumbnailNikon D200
D600 vs D200
10MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Nikon-D100 front thumbnailNikon D100
D600 vs D100
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2002

Nikon D600 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Nikon D600 based on factors which are generally considered important in a camera.

2 card slots
big sensor size (Full frame)
built-in flash
builtin Top display
comes with HDMI out
comes with headphone support
comes with microphone support
environment proofing
great minimum ISO (100)
high resolution screen (921 k dots)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
manual focus
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
resolution is good (24MP)
supports phase detect autofocus
supports RAW files
does not offer selfie friendly display
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.5 fps)
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Nikon D600 Sensor info

The Nikon D600 is run by the Expeed 3 processor. The size of the sensor in the Nikon D600 is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor is able to capture 6016 x 4016 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. This ISO can also be widened electronically to 50 - 25600. RAW format is saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the D600's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The D600 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D600 dimensions

Nikon D600 weighs about 1.87 pounds (850 grams or 29.98 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 141mm x 113mm x 82mm (5.6" x 4.4" x 3.2"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Nikon D600 is very much the same when compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Nikon D600 alongside a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.

Nikon D600 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button layout on the D600.

Nikon D600 topview buttons dials

Nikon D600 Lens info

The D600 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses to choose from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the D600.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-16-35mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f4G ED VR16-35mmf/4.0 685g
Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-600mm-f4G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f4G ED VR600mmf/4.0 5060g
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Tamron-AF-18-270mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-LD-Aspherical-IF-MACRO-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical IF MACRO18-270mmf/3.5-6.3 560g
Sigma-105mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM105mmf/2.8 726g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Nikon-F-FX lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
Nikon-AF-S-DX-Nikkor-18-140mm-f3.5-5.6G-ED-VR lensNikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR18-140mmf/3.5-5.6 490g
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Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2950g
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Nikon D600 Connectivity

The D600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and usually alter camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon D600 Video info

The max video resolution in the Nikon D600 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in quality and file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does have both headphone and microphone support making it incredibly useful while capturing audio.

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Nikon D600 Weather Sealing

Nikon D600 features environment proofing which makes it a fantastic candidate to use in tricky locations. This is particularly handy any time you are uncertain about the elements you might face in outdoor photography.

Nikon D600 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D600 comes with a 3.2" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 921k dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen. The D600 also comes with a Top display in order to instantly see the camera's settings.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Nikon D600 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders are pretty handy in sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Nikon D600 Shutter info

Nikon D600 continuous shooting rate is 5.5 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Nikon D600 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon D600 has got both in-built flash and external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 seconds.

Nikon D600 Autofocus info

Nikon D600 has got both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which makes it useful for portraits.

The AF system comes with 39 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Nikon D600 features manual focus when required in low light occasions or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Nikon D600 Battery life

The battery pack (EN-EL15) in the Nikon D600 is designed to last for 900 photos based on the CIPA standards which is comparable with its competition. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the maximum (2260) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
D600 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
D600 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
D600 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
D600 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Nikon D600 for different kinds of photography

The following illustration gives a rundown of the Nikon D600 for different kinds of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Nikon D600 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon D600 receives a points total of 82 which is fantastic, and means the camera is a superb option to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos & capability to use external flash.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect autofocus
supports RAW files

Nikon D600 Street photography factors

Getting a moderate points total of 60, the Nikon D600 is somewhat suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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great sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization

Nikon D600 as a Sports photography camera

A nice sports photography points tally of 70 means the Nikon D600 is a good pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.5 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D600 Travel photography highlights

Weight is very crucial in choosing a travel camera. All round, the Nikon D600 gets a above average 66 for a travel camera which makes it a good pick for your vacations.

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weather proofing
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
screen is not selfie friendly

Nikon D600 Landscape photography advice

When you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D600 at it's great rating of 78 for a landscape camera is a excellent choice in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2")
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment proof
has double storage slots
does not have image stabilization

Nikon D600 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating display, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Nikon D600 is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a low score of 30.

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offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic support
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization

Nikon D600 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the D600, below is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph down below offers you a summary of the D600 versus it's highest ranking rivals suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon D600
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 3
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
6016 x 4016
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Min enhanced ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Nikon F
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3.2 inches
Resolution of display
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech
TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/200 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
850 gr (1.87 lb)
141 x 113 x 82mm (5.6" x 4.4" x 3.2")
Battery life
900 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots
Card slots
Retail cost