By Lisa Johnston
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Melville, N.Y. – Nikon made a significant expansion to its assortment of 35mm full-format sensor-based DSLRs with the introduction Thursday of the D600.
The FX-format DSLR was designed for “top-notch image quality and fast performance,” Nikon said, offering a new 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and an improved Expeed 3 image-processing engine. Both advances are said to produce outstanding low-light images.
The D600 will be available Sept. 18 at a $2,100 suggested retail for the body only or $2,700 for the body and a AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR kit lens.
Unlike previous FX-format leader model – the D700 – the D600 adds FullHD 1080p video recording capabilities. It also has the ability to wirelessly share and capture images using the optional WU-1b wireless adapter.
Other feature enhancements include a 39-point AF system designed for a greater range of difficult shooting applications, faster shooting speeds and 100 percent frame coverage through its optical viewfinder, Nikon said.
The camera offers a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable from 50-25,600) for low-light shooting, and incorporates the Nikon Scene Recognition System and 2,016-pixel RGB sensor.
The camera is said to be ready to shoot in 0.13 seconds with a 0.052 second shutter release, and is capable of shooting at 5.5 fps at full resolution with full AF functionality.
Auto shooting features include a slew of scene modes, picture control functions, High Dynamic (HDR) mode and time-lapse shooting.
The camera is also equipped with a large 3.2-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen.
Video control features include full manual exposure, ability to switch between FX and DX (1.5X) formats in FullHD, manual focus, full-time AF and external microphone input.
Uncompressed video can be transferred via HDMI.
The camera has a sealed and gasketed body for dirt and moisture resistance, and the D600 is compatible with a wide range of Nikkor lenses, Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) flashes and the WU-1b Wireless Adapter ($60 suggested retail), which alows users to connect wirelessly to the Nikon D600 for easy sharing and remote operation.
With the WU-1b shooters can connect to a Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android-based mobile devices and easily share images through social networks. The D600’s shutter can also be remotely controlled through the adapter from a distance of up to 50 feet away.
Meanwhile, Nikon’s new UT-1 adapter enables easy image transfer of large high-resolution files to a computer or FTP server, as well as remote camera operation when connected via Ethernet cable or wirelessly (when using a WT-5a wireless transmitter) from select Nikon DSLR cameras, including the Nikon D4, D800, D800E and D7000.
At the same time, Nikon also introduced a new addition to the 1 Nikkor line of lenses. Designed for Nikon’s mirrorless Nikon 1 compact system cameras, the 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is a fixed-focal length prime lens with one of the fastest apertures in the series.
It offers a 50mm (35mm equivalent) focal length, weighs just 2.5 ounces, and will be available in early November in a choice of black, white and silver for a $190 suggested retail.
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