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Nikon D600 announced, released

Nikon has announced the impending release of its new full-frame D600 digital SLR camera, along with the new UT-1 remote controller and a new 18.5mm prime lens for the Nikon 1 system.

Measuring approximately 141.0 x 113.0 x 82.0mm and weighing approximately 760 grams (body only), the D600 is equipped with a new 35mm full frame (‘FX-format’) CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into high-end Nikon D-SLRs (D4, D800, D800E). It inherits a number of advanced features from its high-end cousins, including an optical viewfinder with frame coverage of 100 percent, a large and clear, 3.2-inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle for superior visibility, and the same dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E.

The D600 makes full use of its 24.3-million effective pixels with high-resolution, full-HD movie recording (1920 x 1080/30p). It is also equipped with the multi-area mode Full-HD D-Movie function, which enables recording in either FX- or DX-based movie format.

Adoption of the Multi-CAM4800 autofocus sensor module enables certain acquisition and tracking of the intended subject with 39 focus points. Cross-type sensors have been adopted for the nine most frequently used focus points at the centre of the frame. In addition, seven focus points (5 horizontal focus points and 1 each above and below at the centre of the frame) are fully functional at f8. The Scene Recognition System analyses detailed scene brightness and colour information acquired from the 2016-pixel RGB sensor, and applies that information to autofocus, automatic exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and white balance control.

The D600 is also equipped with a headphone jack so that headphones may be used to check sound, and movies and the movie live view display can be viewed simultaneously in the camera’s monitor and an external monitor. Uncompressed movie data recorded in movie live view mode can also be output to an external recorder via the built-in HDMI interface, and the time-lapse photography function can be used to automatically photograph relatively slow moving action.

Nikon Australia does not supply RRPs, but the camera is being offered body-only at between $2500 – 2600 in Australia, with US online pricing at around US$2100. It is on sale from today (Tuesday, September 18).

Nikon has also released details of the UT-1 optional Wi-Fi unit, which enables the camera to be controlled remotely from an Android or iOS device. It’s compatible with the D4, E800 and D800e and can also be used with the D7000. The UT-1 will go on sale from late October.

Nikon has also  launched a new fast prime lens for its Nikon 1 cameras. The new 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f1.8 is light and portable and features an aspherical lens element. Weighing approximately 70 grams, this lens has a minimum focusing distance of 20 cm. An optional lens hood (HB-N104) is available. The new lens is scheduled to go on sale from November 1.
– Courtesy Margaret Brown, Photo Review


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