Nikon has just announced its smallest and lightest full-frame D-SLR with a massive megapixel count.
The D600 has a 24.3-megapixel sensor and the body measures up at a wee 141x113x82mm, which makes it far more appealing to anyone who wants to carry their camera around with them all the time. (In comparison, the Nikon D800 weighs a kilo, a considerable difference if you’re lugging it around all day).
The FX-format CMOS sensor is a new development, and Nikon claims it delivers ‘outstanding’ levels of detail and tonal range, even when used in low-light conditions. Native ISO range sits between 10-640 (which can be extended up to the equivalent of 25,600 and down to 50, offering excellent capability in low light.
As always, when cameras get smaller, you need to consider the grip on them – if you have bigger hands, this may well be an issue for you, so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on the D600 before you splash out.
Battery life is always an issue – and Nikon claims a total of 900 shots before you’ll need to recharge (or around an hour of viewing live movies). Should you want it, there is Full HD video capture on offer – and you can grab just under 30 minutes at a go.
Anyone who wants to capture fast action shots should be pleased with the 5.5fps capability – there are more pricier cameras with a better fps, but this should be good enough for most people.
The camera also features a number of in-camera tools such as filter effects and HDR, plus there are 19 scene modes that automatically set shutter speed, aperture and ISO to help you get the right shot each time. In-camera editing includes D-lighting, RAW processing, red-eye removal and filters such as Skylight, Miniature and Colour outline, plus there’s an edit movie feature.
The price for this small wonder? The body only is £1955.99, and with a 24-85mm lens it comes in at £2,443.99, although it’s likely that some deals will be available once it has launched. On sale September 18 2012.