September 13, 2012
Performance that Fuels the Passion: New Nikon D600 Puts FX-format in Focus for Photo Enthusiasts
As Nikon’s smallest, lightest and most affordable full-frame HD-SLR, the D600 packs in powerful, pro-grade photo and video features with wireless sharing and capture capabilities
Mississauga, ON – Today, Nikon Canada announced the 24.3-megapixel D600, an HD-SLR designed to deliver the image quality and performance benefits of a full-frame FX-format sensor in a lightweight, compact form factor. Built for enthusiasts who are ready to take their photography skills to the next level, the D600 offers the superior image quality for which Nikon is known, and makes the transition to full-frame photography more attractive than ever.
Price and Availability
Whether shooting stills or Full HD (1080p) video, the Nikon D600’s bundle of advanced features and Nikon imaging technologies, such as the newly developed high-resolution CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processing engine, will meet the needs of the most demanding visionaries. Additionally, Nikon’s new optional WU-1b wireless adapter allows users to shoot high-quality HD-SLR images and transfer them to their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, making it easier to stay connected.
“For many, image-making is so much more than a hobby; it is a lifestyle that captures the world as it is perceived by users,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “The Nikon D600 represents a new category of cameras for this class of user, and demonstrates Nikon’s devotion to passionate photographers who are always looking for new ways to express their creativity through their photos and HD videos. By offering users the advanced FX-format and key features inherited from our professional cameras, along with new functions like optional wireless capabilities, Nikon is empowering photographers with an imaging experience that satisfies like never before.”
Superior Image Quality
Nikon’s FX-format offers photographers exciting possibilities, from dazzling dynamic range and exacting detail to stellar low-light capabilities. The D600 employs Nikon’s newly developed, large 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24mm) to offer photographers a versatile camera with ample resolution to tackle almost any project and to provide amazing image quality and sharpness. As the needs of users vary widely, the new CMOS sensor provides a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) to give photographers maximum low-light flexibility that yields clean images with minimal noise and accurate colour. The full ISO range can also be used while capturing HD video in challenging light. Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine interprets the massive amount of image data flowing from the sensor to quickly process images and videos. The result is striking images and impressive Full HD (1080p) videos that exhibit faithful colour reproduction and tonal range throughout the frame.
Precision Technology Engineered for the Enthusiast
Enthusiasts of all types demand the best from their gear, and the Nikon D600 is a camera engineered with intuitive features that give photographers the edge in the field. Whether shooting lush landscapes, action sports or the majestic moose of the Alberta terrain, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB sensor excel in any situation. By recognizing the scene prior to capture, the system meticulously analyzes factors such as colour and brightness with extraordinary precision and compares all the data using Nikon’s exclusive 30,000-image database. The result is enhanced AF performance and flattering exposures.
For precise performance in a wide variety of shooting conditions, the D600 features a 39-point AF system with the new MultiCAM 4800FX AF module. This AF array is well-suited to a wide variety of shooting styles and disciplines, offering AF modes to let users select a single point, continuous AF, Dynamic AF, or use 3D tracking to keep pace with a moving subject throughout the frame. Additionally, the system features nine cross-type sensors for maximum accuracy, while seven AF points are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters with an aperture value up to f/8 for extreme telephoto applications.
To keep up with action sports, active wildlife, or other photo opportunities that unexpectedly arise, the D600 is ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds, with a 0.052 second shutter release. The camera emphasizes speed and performance, from overall operation and image processing, and are helped in part by the exceptional EXPEED 3 processing engine. The camera is also capable of bursts of images at 5.5 frames per second (fps) at full resolution with full AF to capture decisive moments. To further enhance speed and workflow, images and videos are also rapidly transferred to dual SD card slots that are compatible with the latest SDXC and UHS-1 high-speed standards.
Enthusiasts will also appreciate other thoughtful features made to appeal to more advanced photographers, such as the 100 per cent frame coverage seen through the optical viewfinder. The wide and bright view makes it easy to compose in a variety of conditions, and affords the ability to enjoy shooting for hours on end with minimal eye fatigue. Additionally, the D600 offers several scene modes and features to enhance creativity, including one-touch access to Picture Control functions through a new dedicated button. Photographers can also shoot images in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode for amazing highlights, and create awe-inspiring time lapses with ease.
Experience Full HD
As Nikon’s smallest, lightest and most affordable FX-format HD-SLR, the Nikon D600 has advanced video features that are ideal for those ready to embrace the world of HD video, as well as those already enjoying its benefits. Users can take advantage of controls such as depth of field, manual control, low-light ability and lensing options to show off their creative prowess. This camera also gives users the ability to record Full HD at varying frame rates and resolutions including 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p, and 720p video at 60, 50 and 30p. When shooting HD video at the highest quality setting, up to 20 minutes can be recorded, or up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in normal quality for added convenience when shooting static shots such as interviews and events. The large 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen makes it easy to preview images or videos captured and navigate the menu system or confirm critical HD focus, while automatic brightness control adapts seamlessly to changing lighting conditions.
Sophisticated video features help to increase the production value on any project, including full manual control of exposure, and the ability to switch between FX and DX-format (1.5X) at Full HD for a telephoto boost or to adjust depth of field. Users can opt to focus manually, or take advantage of the full-time AF while recording to help ensure faces are in focus or to track a moving subject. Additionally, videographers have the ability to capture audio with the onboard microphone, or record stereo audio externally using the mic input. Audio can be monitored through the headphone jack and levels can be displayed on the LCD with peaking.
In addition to the ability to play back HD video and images through the HDMI terminal, users are also able to experience pro-grade video features in the D600. For monitoring and streaming applications, the image can be displayed on the LCD screen while simultaneously shown on another monitor through the HDMI, regardless of whether they are shooting data. Furthermore, the D600 adds the ability to transfer uncompressed videos via the HDMI connection, which can then be routed to a digital recorder or similar device.
Remote Sharing and Capture
Photography is a form of expression, which can now be shared more ways than ever before through social networks and online communities. Nikon has announced the optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter that allows users to connect wirelessly to their D600. A companion Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™-based1 mobile devices is available at no additional cost. An Application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital devices will be available on September 15, 20122.
When connected, users are able to share their images taken with the D600 through their mobile device to their social circles, as well as send and download images from their camera to a compatible device3. The adapter also allows users to remotely fire the D600’s shutter from up to 15.24m (50ft) away, which is ideal for capturing photos from unique vantage points.
NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
Supporting the Nikon D600 is Nikon’s heritage in optical excellence, which boasts more than 70 NIKKOR AF and AF-S compatible lenses for maximum versatility. Those with DX-format lenses will be happy to know that their lenses are not only compatible with the camera, but they also have the ability to set DX crop for stills and videos to extend the reach of telephoto or telephoto zoom lenses.
The new Nikon HD-SLR is also a gateway to Nikon’s renowned Creative Lighting System (CLS) which illuminates a whole new world of creative image making using multiple Nikon Speedlights. A built-in Speedlight commander can control multiple Speedlights such as Nikon’s SB-700, SB-910 or Wireless Close Up Speedlight System. The camera can also control up to two individual Speedlight groups for further creative control.
Constructed to Inspire
Built to withstand the wide variety of shooting conditions that enthusiasts regularly face, the body of the D600 is sealed with gaskets for resistance against dirt and moisture. The camera is built with a magnesium alloy top and rear construction to provide a lightweight camera with maximum durability. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles, and sensor cleaning is also employed. The battery is rated for approximately 900 shots, affording photographers the ability to shoot all day. Additionally, the optional MB-D14 Multi Power Battery Pack extends the grip for comfort and can effectively double the battery capacity when using two batteries.
The D600 is also constructed with an emphasis on handling with thoughtful ergonomics and button placements in a body that is compact enough to carry easily on any excursion. Built with a grip designed for ensure comfort, the overall impression from using the camera is reassuringly solid. To avoid accidental engagement, the shutter button has been recessed, while the Mode Dial can be locked.
Price and Availability
The Nikon D600 is scheduled to be available at Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers on September 18, 2012 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,179.95 for the body only or an MSRP of $2,799.95 for the body with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR.
The WU-1B will be available on September 18, 2012 at an MSRP of $69.95.
The MB-D14 Multi Power Battery Pack will be available in late September 2012 for an MSRP of $329.95.
Exclusive Canadian Warranty
Nikon Canada offers a two-year warranty for the D600 purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Additionally, Nikon Canada offers a five-year warranty for all NIKKOR lenses purchased from an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer. Consumer’s investment is protected by Nikon Canada’s warranties with in-Canada release.
About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 600mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence
Nikon, At the Heart of the ImageTM, is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR and HD-SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's Exclusive EXPEED, EXPEED 2 or EXPEED 3 advanced digital image processing system technologies. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Nikon Canada Authorized Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find a Nikon Authorized Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.
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Note: Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories and release schedule may differ by country or area. Pricing is subject to change. Refer to www.nikon.ca for the latest pricing.
1 Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
2 iPad and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
3The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon D600. The application is compatible with an Android-platform smartphone (2.3 series) and tablet (3.x series).
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