Nikon’s D600 Heating Up: Some Very Impressive Numbers
I repeat myself, probably too frequently. But when I repeatedly advise you to check out Bill Fortney’s website it is for very good reasons. And when I tell you that Bill knows photography and that Bill knows cameras and camera gear, I do so to get you to listen to what he says. You will search high and low for a more honest, reliable report than what Bill tells you. So today we visit Nikon’s newest DLSR release once more, the D600.
Yesterday he sent me a link to the latest DxO Labs tests on the D600′s sensor (the 24 mp one). And he then posted it on his website, along with two day’s worth of great information. Click here to visit his site and then scroll down to the shooting tests he has done with his D600 (yes, he has one) and some answers he posted the day before to answer (again) the perennial question: which camera should I buy? He does a terrific job of walking you through the questions all of us need to ask ourselves prior to a new purchase. And he details, along with some photos, some of the impressive performance the D600 brings to the table (okay, you also can just click here to go straight to the DxO test info).
Now, my initial impressions for myself still stand. When I shoot HDR because of lighting conditions (and it is pretty frequently) I demand bracketing up to nine exposures from my camera. Anything less just won’t do for me. So, at the $2100 price tag of today, I am not in the D600 market. That certainly may not be true for you, especially given what Bill and DxO are reporting. And, I repeat myself again, at a lower price point even I would re-think my current decision. This appears to be a heck of a camera.
And a final point, directed at you who may be thinking of a new purchase but who are not currently Nikon shooters. The company is on a roll with their latest releases (left side focus issue on the D800 notwithstanding). Canon is lagging; that is just a plain fact. And they have had some very real quality control problems up and down the lineup of new releases. You could do a lot worse than to sit down and give some serious thought to … is this the time to switch manufacturers? No disloyalty meant to anyone today. But you owe it to yourself to be good to yourself.