24.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor; Mounts FX lenses, DX lenses with 10.5 megapixel crop; 1080/30p HD video recording; 5.5fps continuous burst; 100% viewfinder; 3.2-inch 921,000 dot LCD screen; RAW Capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
At $2100 body-only or $2700 with the kit 24-85mm lens, the D600 matches the 6D as the cheapest full frame release ever. Nikon has cut a few corners in order to avoid cannibalizing D800 sales, but the D600 offers a fantastic value for those who might not need 36 megapixels or professional-level autofocus. The D600 uses a Sony 24.3 megapixel full frame sensor (likely very similar to the one used in Sony's A99), which can also be shot in DX crop mode at 10.5 megapixels. Nikon has adapted the D7000's 39-point autofocus system to the full frame sensor too; although not as complex as the 51-point system used in higher-end bodies (or indeed the D300s), it is reportedly just as quick in good light and much faster than the D7000's. Other features include 1080/30p HD video recording, compatibility with the WU-1a Wifi unit, the same 3.2-inch LCD found on the D800, and a lighter heft and smaller footprint than previous full frame offerings. There are a few letdowns in the release, most notably the reduction of flash sync speed to 1/200s and a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000s, but overall image quality is exceptional. Dynamic range is among the best on the market and noise performance is actually a bit better than the D800.