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Nikon unveils D600, its first budget full-frame DSLR

Check out our full review of the Nikon D600 DSLR camera.

Nikon fans who’ve been wanting to get their hands on a full-frame DSLR, but found prices for the likes of the D800 and D4 to be prohibitive, will be taking a keen interest in the Japanese camera company’s latest addition to the market, the D600, which comes with a body-only price tag of $2,099.

Packed inside the weather-sealed magnesium alloy body of the new shooter is a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine found in high-end Nikon DSLRs such as the D4 and D800.

The body is similar in size and weight to the D7000, making it the smallest and lightest of any of Nikon’s full-frame offerings.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the D600’s key features:

– 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor

– 39-point autofocus system

– ISO range from 100 to 6400

– maximum of 5.5fps

– dual SD card slots

– 1080p HD video at 30, 25 or 24 fps

– 3.2-inch LED display

– 100 percent viewfinder coverage

– $2,099 (body only)

– $2,699 with the 24-85mm lens

The D600 is reportedly scheduled to start shipping next week.

Launching with the new camera will be the new $60 WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter that allows the quick and easy transfer of photos to mobile devices (most Android and iOS devices; free accompanying app required), and can also be used to fire the shutter remotely at a distance of up to 50 feet.

The D600’s price tag is at least $1,000 less than Nikon’s next-in-line D800, and may be tempting for some D800/D3/s/x/D4 owners in need of a back-up body.

At the other end, this camera is sure to appeal to DX shooters looking to make the leap to a full-frame format, considered to produce better high-ISO results and offering more creativity with depth of field. However, users of cameras such as the D7000 and D300s should keep in mind that any DX lenses they currently use may produce a vignette effect when used with an FX camera, which means forking out for a bunch of new lenses. DX users fond of shooting sports and wildlife might also miss the 1.5x crop factor they enjoy with their current camera.

For full information on the D600, check out its dedicated webpage here.

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