High-density 39-point AF system featuring seven focus points compatible with f/8 for superior subject-acquisition performance
The D600 comes equipped with a Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module. 39 focus points acquire and track the subjects precisely and the nine cross-type sensors cover the most frequently used center area to deliver higher subject-acquisition performance. Moreover, the seven focus points (five central focus points and one point to the left and right of them in the middle line) are compatible with f/8. Stress-free and smooth focusing is realized with the 1.4x or 1.7x teleconverter and precise focusing is possible even with the effective aperture value of f/8 by attaching a 2.0x teleconverter to telephoto lenses with maximum aperture of f/4. Comfortable AF shooting is realized for shooting wild birds or trains, for example, from a long distance at high magnification. AF area can be selected from single-point AF, dynamic-area AF (9 points, 21 points, 39 points), 3D-tracking and auto-area AF. Combined with the Scene Recognition System utilizing a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor that recognizes smaller subjects, the D600 shows higher subject-tracking and subject-identification performance. Furthermore, it is possible to choose an 11-point option by using custom settings. This is convenient for selecting a focus point quickly.
Selectable AF-area modes according to the subjects
-Single-point AF mode
The camera focuses on the subject at a selected focus point only. This is most suitable for stationary subjects, for example, when you want to focus on your subject's eyes in a character portrait.
-Dynamic-area AF mode
Suitable for a moving subject. The camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if the subject briefly leaves the selected point. Dynamic-area AF allows you to choose from 9, 21 or 39 points. In each mode, the selected AF point and the surrounding points cover a wide area to keep your subject in sharp focus, combining with AF-C (continuous-servo AF) of autofocus mode.
Used when there is time to compose the photograph or for subjects that are moving predictably and can be easily framed with the selected focus point
Suitable for a randomly and unpredictably moving subject
Suitable when photographing subjects that are moving quickly and cannot be easily framed with the selected focus point
The camera tracks the subject using all 39 points. This is ideal for shooting subjects that are moving erratically from side to side in a creative composition. Once the subject is focused with a selected focus point, the camera maintains tracking of the subject by automatically shifting among focus points according to the subject's movement while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. By utilizing subject tracking of the Scene Recognition System, the D600 recognizes fine patterns of the subject's color and brightness that are tracked with selected focus point to achieve highly accurate and stable subject tracking.
-Auto-area AF mode
The camera identifies and focuses the subject automatically using all 39 focus points. With a G- or D-type AF NIKKOR lens, the D600 can distinguish foreground and background and detects a person's position by recognizing human skin tone for improved subject acquisition.
High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 5.5 fps in both FX and DX formats for up to 100 shots, that captures the decisive moment
The D600 achieves high-speed performance by employing an exclusive driving mechanism that drives the mirror independently. Combined with the enhanced speed of the image-processing engine EXPEED 3, high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 5.5 fps*1 in both FX and DX formats, for up to 100 shots*2 is realized. Using dynamic-area AF allows you to capture the decisive moment of a moving subject more precisely. Start-up time is only approx. 0.13 s*1 and release time lag is approx. 0.052 s*1 which is close to the approx. 0.042 s*1 of the D4. The shutter-release button and power switch are coaxially located, realizing smooth transition from turning on the camera to releasing the shutter, while the grip shape does not hinder finger movement. All of this contributes to quick and comfortable shooting, helping you to capture unexpected photo opportunities.
- *1Based on CIPA Guidelines.
- *2JPEG, excluding fine/Large in FX format (max. 57 shots).
Scene Recognition System with enhanced accuracy achieved by the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
The Scene Recognition System recognizes the subject's situation accurately prior to shooting and enables highly precise auto control. The D600 analyzes the subject's situation, including brightness and color, finely before shooting, employing information from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and image sensor, and applies it to autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash and auto white balance control. Especially in phase-detection AF using the viewfinder, the high precision of auto-area AF is supported using subject identification, while that of 3D-tracking is supported utilizing subject tracking. Also, face-priority AF is available using face detection information of the image sensor during live view or movie recording. In playback zoom of a face in still images, the face can be zoomed in on, allowing easy confirmation of the focus.
Auto exposure control
The 2,016-pixel RGB sensor detects highlights within a frame precisely. It calculates optimal exposure to deliver more accurate auto exposure control and i-TTL balanced fill-flash.
Auto white balance that support various light sources accurately
The D600 detects color and brightness information of the shooting scene before shooting utilizing Scene Recognition System and identifies the light source highly accurately by referencing its massive collection of in-camera shooting data. In addition to the conventional setting of Auto 1 (Normal) that compensates lighting colors, the D600 allows you to set another auto white balance mode, Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors), that maintains warm lighting ambience when you shoot under incandescent light. If the image is shot in RAW, these modes can be applied using the NEF (RAW) processing of the D600's in-camera retouch menus regardless of the shooting setting.