The D800's little bro packs most of the same awesomeness, but with a more manageable number of megapixels and a more palatable price.
On paper there's a ton of power per pound, with that 24.3MP full-frame sensor, a built-in flash, dual SD card slots, 39-point autofocus, 5.5fps continuous shooting... The list goes on and on, so it's clear that Nikon wasn't pulling any punches with the D600. And despite the fact that the price is higher than its rival, the Canon EOS 6D, it can be found for well below its RRP.
Full Frame Snapping
Nikon may have chosen not to reposition the D600 in its pro line-up, but there's nothing remotely amateur about the way this camera looks and feels. Everything about it is sturdy and solid, with the screen protector on the main LCD especially shouting that this snapper means business.
And the photo-taking performance doesn't disappoint. The D600 is particularly adept in decent light, laying down vibrant colours and ultra-fine detail, aided by accurate autofocus. Even up to ISO 6400 noise is reasonably well controlled, and sharpness is excellent.
As ever, Nikon's approach to controls is quite different to Canon's, and neither is right or wrong – you'll get used to either. That said, the D600's video record button does seem oddly placed to us. The extra SD slot is handy for mirrored back-up shooting or saving RAW and JPG files to separate cards though. The built-in flash won't win any illumination awards but it's useful for a spot of fill-in light on a backlit scene.