I got my hands on the Nikon D600 and spent the weekend playing around with it. I have written an introductory post about it here. I am working on a detailed specs review and comparison post, and I will have to write a “hands-on” review. But for now I can confidently tell you, from a handling, shooting, and image quality point of view, it is a great camera. And if I wasn’t locked into my set of Canon L lenses I would seriously consider it as an “affordable” full-frame camera for myself. A special thanks to Newtonville Camera of Newton, Mass. for getting a D600 in my hands so quickly!
Nikon D600 with 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 kit lens – unboxing
I also did an informal ISO test, and here are the JPEG images below. You can view all these images and more ISO samples in a larger size on my Flickr site here. All images were taken with the kit lens – 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR. Long Exposure Noise Reduction was On, and High ISO Noise Reduction was set at Norm. As you can see, they look great up to ISO 3200, and images taken at ISO 6400 may have an acceptable amount of noise based on your shooting situation and output size and use. At this size, they all look virtually the same, and that actually doesn’t vary much when viewing them larger (until getting up to the very high ISO settings).
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Nikon D600 on Amazon (body only or kit)
Nikon D600 at B and H Photo – body only
Nikon D600 at B and H Photo – with the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens