Nikon D600 full-frame DSLR confirmed

The full-frame D600. Picture: Nikon.

Ahead of Photokina, Nikon has confirmed it will launch another full-frame DSLR, the D600.

The D600 is being positioned as a smaller and lighter alternative to the full-frame, 36 megapixel D800 launched earlier this year.

The camera will have a smaller sensor, at 24.3 megapixels, and weigh just 760 grammes body only. But the camera, Nikon says, will still have a 3.2 inch LCD, a 100 per cent coverage optical viewfinder, and weather sealing. The camera can use FX or DX glass, automatically cropping the sensor with an APS-C format lens.

For video users, the D600 shares many of the features of the D800, including a headphone jack, on-screen audio levels, and uncompressed video out via a “clean” HDMI feed. Internally, video is recorded at up to 1080p/30fps in H.264. Up to 60fps is available in 720p mode. A wireless adapter, sold as an option, allows camera control, including live view, from a smartphone or tablet.

The camera’s ISO range is from 50 to 25,600 equivalent, and low-light performance, based on lower pixel density than either the D800 or Nikon’s APS-C cameras, should benefit.

Nikon is classifying the D600 as a professional camera, along with the D4 and D800. But although the company has dropped its stills-only, full frame D700 model, the D300s remains, for now, in the line-up as Nikon’s top of the range APS-C professional camera.

The D600 will be on sale in the UK from September 18th, priced at £1955 (body only) including VAT, or US$2,099 for pre-orders in the States.