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Nikon D600

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... Here comes Nikon D600 too! This year we tested Nikon D4-et and few weeks later Nikon D800, and now Nikon’s newest FX format DSLR camera, Nikon D600 has arrived.All the three cameras have FX full frame sensors but each of them serve different photographers’ different needs. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Nikon D600, AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR 1/60sec f/10 ISO 400
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... I have been holding a Nikon D600 for a month now, I have been to Italy and Croatia with it and I took it to the Pilis Mountains and several other places.I have tested its ISO sensitivity not just in nature but in the studio as well. ...
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Appearance

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... I have heard from many photographer friends that the D600 is too small - that’s not true, for those who like the size of the D7000 body it is not a small one, although it is smaller than Nikon D4 but it is not the same category.The body is robust, the nonslip coating of the grip is very useful and provides a comfortable and safe grasp. ...
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Menu system

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... The camera arrived with a Hungarian menu.It is a fényképezőgép magyar menüvel érkezett. ...
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Technological novelties

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... The soul of Nikon D600 is a 24.3-megapixel FX (full frame) format CMOS-sensor.In this price range it is currently the highest resolution FX camera. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Nikon D600, AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR 1/125sec f/11 ISO 100
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The test

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... Upon the arrival of Nikon D600 we took it to Italy for landscape photography.The body received both hot and cold, it worked in humid and foggy weather too. ...
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... I could playback the pictures on the 8 cm (3.2 inch), 921,000-pixel wide viewing angle LCD monitor.I was fully surprised when I magnified the pictures as I could see sharp images even at full size. ...
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... I have already written about the HDR function in the D800 test, so I would not explain that this time.You can read that in our 2012/2 Summer issue - you have to do everything exactly the same way as I explained there. ...
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... We had another test scene in Croatia where we captured waterfalls and atmospheres by the D600 machine.I could not always use tripod there due to the extreme conditions but I thought it comes handy for a thorough study of the camera’s ISO sensitivity. ...
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Results as follows

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... Between ISO 100 and ISO 400, it did not matter which I used, it did not make any difference regarding the pictures.At ISO 800 a tiny little noise came in but after software filtering it has gone. ...
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Photo: © Tamás Imre

Nikon D600, Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF AF-S 1/1000sec f/4.5 ISO 400
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Flash control in FX frame

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... Nikon D600 is the only full frame camera which has a little built-in flash which can be used as a master flash and a control unit as well.It was a good idea from Nikon as those who have flatter wallets can also build a wireless flash system through the camera. ...
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It is sufficient in DX size as well

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... I mentioned before that it is possible to use DX lenses too, in this case the camera makes smaller 12-megapixel files.. ...
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Summary

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... Nikon D600 is a pioneer among the entry-level FX cameras.The time has come to exploit the advantages of full-frame cameras, either at work or on an exciting trip. ...
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... I processed the ready pictures with Nikon Capture NX software and I only adjusted the contrast, sharpness and saturation during the processing, nothing else.. ...
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... I would like to say thank you to Nikon Ltd for long and thorough test possibility.. ...
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... Tester: Tamás Imre. ...
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