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The defining power to maximize 24.3 megapixel resolution — NIKKOR

To best draw out the full potential that a high-pixel-count digital camera can offer to render high-resolution images, using a high-performance lens that compensates various kinds of aberrations in a finely balanced way is of vital importance. NIKKOR lenses feature superior optical performance and excellent reliability, and are highly praised by professional photographers all around the world. In addition to the high optical performance, Nikon's original technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat and VR render high-resolution and clear images to maximize the D600's primary high resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels. Moreover, this extensive, diverse lens lineup helps inspire the creative motivation of photographers.

AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G [NEW]

A fast wide-angle lens for edge-to-edge sharpness with a natural perspective.

© Steve Simon

AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR [NEW]

An agile, high-quality standard zoom lens with VR that matches the D600 perfectly.

© Florian Schulz

AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

An ultra-wide-angle zoom, delivering an edge-to-edge sharpness from the 14mm wide-end.

© Florian Schulz

AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

An ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with VR, enhancing hand-held capability in low light.

© Steve Simon

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

An incredibly reliable, highly balanced standard zoom lens.

© Steve Simon

AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

A high-quality standard zoom lens with VR and Nano Crystal Coat.

© Steve Simon

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

A powerful telephoto zoom lens with VR and stunning image quality throughout the entire zoom range.

© Steve Simon

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

Extremely light and compact. High-speed prime single-focal normal lens.

© Steve Simon

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G [NEW]

A fast prime lens, delivering stunning sharpness and quality bokeh from a surprisingly compact body.

© Steve Simon

Two types of image area options

The D600 offers selectable image area options: FX format (35.9 x 24.0 mm) and DX format (23.5 x 15.7 mm). Each image area can be confirmed in the viewfinder. In DX format, you can get closer to distant subjects and capture them using a lens with a short focal distance. Also, you can make good use of your DX lenses because it is possible to keep sufficient image size (approx. 10.4 megapixels) even in DX-format image area thanks to the 24.3 effective megapixels. When a DX NIKKOR lens is used, DX format is automatically selected as the default setting.

FX format
DX format

Enjoy expressing your creativity with the built-in flash that employs a commander function

Built-in flash of the D600

The D600's built-in flash has a guide number of approx. 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) and provides coverage for the angle of view of a 24 mm lens. The superior flash control accuracy only Nikon can provide is highly praised by professionals and realizes flash shooting with natural light. Furthermore, the built-in flash incorporates a commander function that supports Advanced Wireless Lighting. It can control a single group or two independent groups containing several remote Speedlights wirelessly.
By lighting from a wide range of directions, you can enjoy shooting with a variety of lights, for example, shooting flowers vividly, rendering face lines and details sharply and reproducing the subtle textures of subjects.

Two SB-700s were placed in a portable softbox and wirelessly triggered using the commander function of the D600.
The subject is described gently with softer and more natural light.

Three illumination patters are selectable according to the shooting scene – the SB-910 Speedlight employs a variety of functions

Nikon's latest high-end Speedlight model employs a variety of advanced functions to manage the light dynamically. Three illumination patterns: standard, center-weighted and even, are available to match each shooting environment. Improved operability allows you stress-free flash control and versatile functions for a diversity of scenes. The SB-910 features a large guide number of approx. 34/111.5 (STD, ISO 100, ft/m, 20°C/68°F with zoom head set at 35mm). Moreover, it incorporates durable and easy-to-use, hard-type color filters (fluorescent or incandescent) and automatically detects color filter types and transmits filter information to the camera* for optimum white balance setting.

  • *Compatible cameras: D4, D3 series, D800 series, D600, D700, D300 series, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000, D90

Three illumination patterns are selectable according to the shooting scene – the multifunctional SB-700 Speedlight features superior operability

Various functions are condensed in a compact body. It comes equipped with quick wireless control mode that allows multiple flash unit photography to be handled easily. Three illumination patterns: standard, center-weighted and even, are available to match each shooting environment. Guide number is approx. 28/92 (STD, ISO 100, ft/m, 20°C/68°F with zoom head set at 24mm). The SB-700 automatically detects Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats and selects a suitable light distribution angle.

  • *Compatible cameras: D4, D3 series, D800 series, D600, D700, D300 series, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000, D90

Active D-Lighting with enhanced image quality

Active D-Lighting preserves details in both highlights and shadowy areas, maintaining moderate contrast to reproduce brightness as you see it, even when shooting high-contrast subjects in backlit situations. The D600 employs a new image-processing system that delivers superior reproduction without shifting color phase even when the strength level is increased. It reproduces brightness as you see it even in high-contrast lighting scenes such as gradation of the sky. Image-processing time is shortened by high-speed and highly accurate, real-time processing within pipelines. And color reproduction is improved thanks to the image-processing engine EXPEED 3. Active D-Lighting is suitable for moving subjects such as people while HDR is effective for stationary subjects.

Extra high

HDR (High Dynamic Range) that produces a single image with a wider dynamic range

Two images taken with one shutter release at different exposures are combined to produce a single image that has a wider dynamic range. Since exposure differential can be expanded up to 3 EV, the result is images with less noise and rich tonal gradation including shadows and highlights, even for high-contrast shooting scenes. The smoothness of the edge where the two exposures meet can be adjusted (the degree is selectable from high, normal and low) according to your intention. HDR is ideal for stationary subjects such as high-contrast landscapes and still lifes.

Note: Tripod use is recommended.


Auto ISO sensitivity control* that changes sensitivity automatically

Auto ISO sensitivity control lets the camera adjust ISO sensitivity automatically if optimal exposure cannot be achieved at the selected value. The D600 comes equipped with an "Auto" option for minimum shutter speed. The shutter speed at which the camera will start increasing ISO sensitivity for optimal exposure is automatically selected based on the lens focal length. This enables shooting with efficiently reduced camera shake when using a zoom lens or if the lens is changed. The controlled value can be minutely adjusted according to the subject's movement or photographer's needs. Auto ISO sensitivity control can be set using the menu, and can also be immediately accessed with the ISO button and sub-command dial.

  • *When exposure mode is set to P, S, A or M only.

Direct access to Picture Control that enables quick setting

The D600 incorporates Picture Control system that lets you fine-tune sharpening, contrast, saturation, hue, and various adjustments for Monochrome, etc. in both still images and movies according to your preference. Just by pressing the Picture Control button (doubles as a retouch button) on the back of the camera, you can quickly access Picture Control setting display without entering a menu. During live view, you can visually confirm on an LCD monitor how the image is affected by Picture Control settings and easily adjust them. The D600 employs six types of Picture Control — Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.

Scene Modes choose the most appropriate settings according to shooting scenes

The D600 incorporates Scene Modes. If you select a mode according to the scene, the D600 automatically chooses the most appropriate settings. There are a variety of modes such as High key, Low key, Landscape, Sunset and Silhouette.

Scene Modes employed on the D600
Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dust/Dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, Low key

High key
Low key

Extensive retouch menus

The D600 comes equipped with a wide range of image-editing menus. Captured images and movies can be edited in-camera without using a computer. The extensive retouch menus include NEF (RAW) processing that enables functions such as White balance that offers selectable auto modes of A1 (Normal) and A2 (Keep warm lighting colors), Vignette control and D-Lighting. Also, there are a variety of menus like Selective color, Straighten, Distortion control, Color sketch and Miniature effect. Moreover, Edit movie allows you to choose the start and end points simultaneously, and it is also possible to save a selected frame as a JPEG image. The D600 incorporates retouch button (doubles as Picture Control button) on the back of the camera to enhance operability.

Retouch menus incorporated in the D600:
• D-Lighting • Red-eye correction • Trim • Monochrome • Filter effects • Color balance • Image overlay • NEF (RAW) processing • Resize • Quick retouch • Straighten • Distortion control • Fisheye • Color outline • Color sketch • Perspective control • Miniature effect • Selective color • Edit movie

Retouch button that allows instant access to retouch menu after shooting

NEF (RAW) processing

White balance: A2 (Keep warm lighting colors)
Exposure compensation: +0.7

Selective color

Miniature effect

Color sketch


Image browsing/editing software — ViewNX 2

Supplied software ViewNX 2 provides importing and browsing capabilities of images and movies, and incorporates frequently used image-editing functions such as resize and brightness adjustment. Also, ViewNX 2 employs not only still-image editing functions such as crop, straighten and RAW processing but also movie-editing functions equivalent to those of the camera. In addition, smooth coordination with Nikon image storing and sharing service, my Picturetown, is realized. This all-in-one browsing/editing software package will allow more photographers to enjoy digital images and movies, more easily.

Image-editing software — Capture NX 2 (optional)

Nikon's RAW images (NEF: Nikon Electronic Format) maintain extremely rich data. Only Nikon's Capture NX 2 can fully utilize this data with its optimized file format and software processing algorithms. With the enhanced processing speed of the algorithms, processing time is shortened by approx. 40%*. This enables high-speed, stress-free editing even if the data size is large. Also, Capture NX 2 supports 64-bit (native) to realize a comfortable working environment. You can focus on editing with ease because it is possible to leave the original image intact with NEF editing. In addition to the intuitive and simple editing using Color Control Points, it incorporates various functions such as Auto Retouch brush, Batch Processing, Quick Fix, Straighten Tool, Vignette Control, Auto Color Aberration Control and Distortion Control.

  • *Compared with conventional versions, under test conditions established by Nikon.

Note: For further details of the latest version or operating environment, please visit Nikon's website.

Remote control software — Camera Control Pro 2 (optional)

Camera Control Pro 2 is remote control software that operates various functions and activities of the D600 from a computer to enhance the productivity of remote shooting. Besides exposure mode, shutter speed and aperture settings, it allows you to switch between live view of stills and movies and adjust white balance. You can also display audio level indicators on a computer during movie recording.