New Rumor: Good News for the Nikon D600!

A few weeks ago, we sent out the first update on Nikon D600 rumors and expressed disappointment with the probable lack of an internal AF motor. Well, that's now changed...and we have more goodies, too!

Via NikonRumors






The Goods:

- 24.7MP Full-Frame Sensor -- Could it be more perfect?
- 5fps, 2 SD card slots
- ISO 100-6400 (Lo 50 - Hi 25,600)
- Built-in AF motor (so AF-S lenses won't be mandatory)
- 1080p at 30, 35, 24 -- 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25
- HDMI output
- 100% viewfinder coverage for FX, 97% DX
- Just slightly lighter than the D800 (about 800g v. 900g)
- Will likely be weather sealed
- 39 AF Points
- Could be as cheap as $1500! -- D3x was already killed by the D800...but Nikon obviously doesn't mind beating it down further...

The "Bad":

- No built-in GPS -- This goes against what we thought earlier, but honestly, we'd all much rather have an AF motor and a weather-sealed body than a silly GPS chip that few will actually need. That saves most of us a little change, too, since we won't 'have' to buy an external GPS attachment if we don't want to.

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yoyophoto's picture

if that is going to be the price im ready to jump ship from canon!
come to  papa full frame....
unless canon come out with a full frame 7d2 or the like, nikon will be bringing more people over since this is what people are after full frame goodness, i dont care about the argument about lens investment, the great thing about lenses is they hold their value well so sell up and move over. now if only nikon can fix there green tinge on every pic issue

Adam's picture

I agree. It's all rumored, but even at $2000, it's not bad at all (and they could easily get that much for a camera like this)...

Adam Cross's picture

ha! 7D2 would never be full frame. ever. the budget wildlife/sports shooters would go MENTAL at losing the 1.6x crop and film makers aren't always happy with full-frame DSLRs either. 7D2 full frame would also mean an entirely new body design or just use the 5D3 body - which wouldn't happen. - I just can't see Canon bringing out anything cheaper full-frame wise yet. Canon don't like to make things affordable - just look at the prices on their line of accessories (every canon owner knows they're ridiculous) - I can't see them making a more affordable or "entry level" full frame camera. not in the near future anyway

yoyophoto's picture

I own a 7d and would love for it to be full frame, but understand the market for it. I'm looking for something which will fit in between the 7d and 5d3 like the 600

Adam Cross's picture

I'm perfectly happy with my 7D how it is - with the 5D3 out now I'll be buying a 5D2 because it's still one of the best cameras on the market and performs incredibly well plus it's price is slowly going down - you could always go for a 5D2 (at the moment it's the only camera that sits between 7D and 5D3). The 600D as well as the 60D are poor cameras, the 70D and t4i/650D are your next new model options - but personally if you want to go full frame and are on a budget - get a 5D2.

yoyophoto's picture

 you are right about the 5d2, problem for me is not only pictures that i shoot i also shoot a lot of videos for corporate work etc and the 5d3 for video is a great improvement, the prob with the 5d2 is yes its good but you are investing in old technology im happy with my 7d too but i just cant imagine going back to a really poor 9 point focus system for pictures. maybe its psychological as well i just cant stop wanting a 5d3

Adam Cross's picture

I would only be using the 5D2 for studio work so the poor AF system doesn't worry me so much, I have used a few 5D2's in the past and I haven't found it to be that much of a problem, it's the low-light performance and over-all image quality that I want and the 5D2 suits that just fine for now, a 5D3 upgrade would be good in a year or so when Canon sort out the bugs and have a few firmware upgrades. no doubt the 5D3 is an amazing camera - it's just too much money for a camera that isn't quite right yet

yoyophoto's picture

 Adam agree 100% i do a lot of wedding video's and the ability to shoot at 12800 would honestly be one of the most beneficial things at of any new kit out there, im just devastated by the price. the wife just wont let that happen!

Adam Cross's picture

the 5D2 is, again, an excellent piece of kit for wedding videos -  https://vimeo.com/42540161 -that video showcases the 5D2 very, very well. I know a few wedding shooters who use 7D & 550D and I can't really understand why since they're both poor when it comes to low-light/high iso performance. for the price a 5D2 can't be beaten, so that's my next stepping stone towards the 5D3 / 1DX. I hope your wife comes around soon and you can get the camera you want most! :P

yoyophoto's picture

Although. I've never shoot with 5d2 my understanding is that like the 7d anuthimg above 1600 ISP isn't really usablr

Adam Cross's picture

from the video and stills that I've shot with my 7D I try my best to keep the ISO under 800 - anything more than that and I find shadows are plagued with noise, wouldn't dare shoot at 12800 :P haha

chad kelley's picture

 make the jump to Nikon!  You will not regret it!

tompano1's picture

This seems like a far more sensible camera than the d800 for most except perhaps the studio crowd. But I wonder if the 5 fps will turn into a 8 fps with a battery grip like the d300 did. 

Adam's picture

Yeah...that would be nice. But I don't think it's a power-related issue. At 24MP, it would take a bit more processing umph to crank up higher than 5fps...and that would increase the overall body cost... Just don't get your hopes up, but we'll see. It is supposed to have an all-new grip, after all.

Carlos Garcia's picture

I would love this camera, but I fear it will still be long until it is released. The d800 is not even back in stock. 
Also the ISO could go a little higher, overall for 1500 won't be complaining. 

Poradis Kenneth Vinyaratn's picture

I'm confused. How can there be 100% viewfinder coverage for FX but 97% for DX when FX is larger than DX?

John Graham's picture

Yeah, it has to be reversed.

Arthur Nava's picture

D800 is the same.

Michael Mavor's picture

could they be referring to frame lines in the view finder possibly? 

tompano1's picture

No framelines it's just black atleast it is on the d700. I think it has got to do with the crop factor and the projection on the mirror/sensor. The black would be what is not covered by the lens. 

i would buy this if the specs are true and keep my d7000 as my second/backup body. specs looks great!

 I was just thinking the same thing when I read the post.

J Dreier's picture

If $1500 is true, I'll fight to be the first in line for this camera. 

John Graham's picture

This is 90% of the 5DMkIII (plus HDMI out) for 40% of the price. What is Canon going to do???

Joseph Nienstedt's picture

If this is true, it's a perfect match for me. Oh, please let these specs be correct!

RUSS's picture

if this is true, i will be trying to getting one! :-)

Jason Lee's picture

now with even more new wedding photographers!   what will this do to d700 prices?

Nathan Hamler's picture

haha i dunno, but i'm ready for a $1,200 d700!! hahahah

juan carlos's picture

oh my...I don't care about gps, so I hope it would be a reality , nice to have a camera like that FX for less than $2000  Love you Nikon !!!!

Rodolfo Arechiga's picture

I have been shooting Nikon since I can remember.  What would be nice if they made this camera without  video mumbojumbo!  I would love to have the specs of this camera sans video.  I do not shoot video!  Also, it would be nice if the control buttons were placed like My trusted D200.  

dosels22's picture

Get a D700 and never look back

tainkeh's picture

If these specs are even approximately true I expect the price of the D700 to plummit. You can live without the superfluous megapixels, you don't have to deal with those pesky video-options, AND you give an orphaned camera a nice home. I say get a D700 shortly after the D600 (as it is rumoured above) is released.

As for myself, these specs seem too good to be true to me, but if they're right my D90 will be retiring, graciously, as soon as the D600 is available.

RUSS's picture

 same here, my D90, D2x and D100 will craigslisted/ebayed lol

Nathan Hamler's picture

Better do it soon, i just tried to sell a D2x, and couldn't get ANY bites at a dollar more than $600....sucks b/c i paid 850 for the D2x like 3 months ago...sell it while you can!!

yoyophoto's picture

What do u care if it shoots video? U choose what's wrong with that, it doesn't hinder the stills

Rodolfo Arechiga's picture

It may not hinder the stills but what happens is that new control buttons or settings are put in that otherwise would make more sense not to have.  I also own the D7000 and the iso and wb buttons have been set on the back vs top like my D200. 

Barron Skurril Von Snickerspan's picture

You could just you know... Not use the video mode like a sensible person....
Nikon don't make their cameras to please YOU, they make them with features the majority of users want.

Noam Galai's picture

If the specs are true (and also the price), this is for sure going to be my next purchase. Since i got my D800 2 months ago i just cant use the D300 anymore (as 2nd camera) - its just not as good. So the D600 should be perfect as 2nd camera.

Leo Hoang's picture

I know EXACTLY what you mean. I just don't have the urge to pick up my D7000 anymore. But that's mainly because I haven't got a DX len, and whenever I shoot with my FX lenses on a DX body, I just feel like I'm losing so much field of view or shallow depth of field...

Michael Kormos's picture

If these rumors turn out to be tue, 5DIII is going to be rolling in its grave.

Patryk T Molczan's picture

 Haha... Let me guess your a Nikon fan boy.

RUSS's picture

 lol while I shoot nikon only, i doubt any camera would stop the sales of other cameras.
;-)

M's picture

Not really, different cameras, different purposes. 

Some people might need/prefer 6 FPS, the option of 102,400 ISO, color fringe correction with all of their canon lenses, even the cheapy ones, or even to shoot with their old (or new) CF cards, which are much cheaper, and faster than their SD bretheren.

Those are just a few reasons this wouldn't kill it.

Amateurs looking to spend under 2k would be looking at the 5d MK II for canon anyway, so that's really a moot argument too.

Patryk T Molczan's picture

 Umm. How about we wait to see what this dslr will perform like! Have we
not all learned specs always look good on paper....Psst. I use both
systems :)

M's picture

Which last Nikon camera did you buy where the paper specs were underwhelming compared to the actual camera?

Right...

oh yeah it's time to upgrade from D7000. However, I don't advice to be first on line to order, give it some time and let's see what the flaws ! 

RUSS's picture

 I would dare say, when this one is released it would probably not have many flaws. I would think Nikon would apply lessons learned, from the D800/D4 problems. JUST GUESSING tho

I hope you are right. I'm SOOO excited ..

M's picture

Flaws: Low res (comparatively), quick af, slow fps (likely 5-6- but again that's fine for 90% of people, even skilled sports shooters).

Possibly no function button, DOF preview moved to a weird angle, likely a wonky ISO/WB/Qual button similar to D800... ick.

It's also likely to have the mode button moved in favor of a record button.  Yuck as ****.

Other than that, it is likely going to be a capable, reliable camera, weather sealed or not, though for > 1k it's likely sealed.

Christoph Philipp's picture

Great Strategy from Nikon. Every buyer of this cheap FF will buy expensive Lenses. And all the forums will explode with "Why is my border unsharp" etc..

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