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Compact, lightweight, durable body

Compact and lightweight body — the smallest and lightest among Nikon FX-format models

Inheriting an array of specifications and functions equivalent to those of the D4 and D800 series, the D600 realizes the smallest and lightest camera body among Nikon FX-format models. There has been a comprehensive improvement of many details, such as reducing the number of components by giving multiple functions to each one, reviewing the space efficiency of various parts, optimizing the design around the pentaprism and employing a smaller AF sensor module. All of these factors help achieve a compact and lightweight body with superior agility.

Dimensions (W x H x D)
D600 (FX)
Approx. 141 x 113 x 82 mm
(5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in.)
Approx. 850 g
(1 lb 14.0 oz)
Approx. 760 g
(1 lb 10.8 oz)
D4 (FX)
Approx. 160 x 156.5 x 90.5 mm
(6.3 x 6.2 x 3.6 in.)
Approx. 1,340 g
(2 lb 15.3 oz)
Approx. 1,180 g
(2 lb 9.6 oz)
D800 series (FX)
Approx. 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm
(5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in.)
Approx. 1,000 g
(2 lb 3.3 oz)
Approx. 900 g
(1 lb 15.7 oz)
D7000 (DX)
Approx. 132 x 105 x 77 mm
(5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in.)
Approx. 780 g
(1 lb 11.5 oz)
Approx. 690 g
(1 lb 8.3 oz)
  • *1Include batteries and memory cards, exclude body cap.
  • *2Body only.

Lightweight and ruggedly constructed body with dust-prevention and weather-resistance employing magnesium alloy

The D600 employs magnesium alloy for the top and rear covers. Despite its compact and lightweight body, it achieves high robustness and durability. Also, various points of the body are effectively sealed to attain superior dust-prevention and weather-resistant performance equivalent to that of the D800 series.

Extensive weather sealing

Shutter-release button and power switch ergonomics

The shutter button axis is moderately inclined to ensure natural finger movement even with such a compact body, to enhance operability. The power switch has been designed flat so as not to disturb shutter release operation. And there is no height difference between the power switch and body surface, for relaxed finger holding. The red motif located at the upper part of the grip employs molded materials to support smooth dial operation. The movie-record button is located next to the shutter-release button enabling the start of movie recording from movie live view with a slight finger movement, thus keeping the camera stable to prevent camera shake.

Improved grip holding

With a deeper and vertically longer grip, stable holding is achieved despite a compact and light body. Furthermore, rubber material is employed for the thumb rest space attaining an optimized design to ensure reliable holding. These factors achieve a comfortable fit for the hands of as many people as possible.

Dust-preventing, weather-resistant interface covers

The interface cover for the headphone connector, USB connector, accessory terminal, etc. is divided into three to ensure dust-prevention and weather-resistance for the separate interface sections.

Base patterns effective for vertical shooting

The D600 incorporates anti-slip patterns on the base of the body which realize an extra-sure grip when shooting vertically on a tripod.

Newly developed glass pentaprism optical viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage that enables a grid line display

The D600's optical viewfinder features approx. 100% frame coverage that enables confirmation of the entire large image area of FX format for precise composition. And approx. 0.7x* magnification allows easy viewing of all the visual elements including the viewfinder information display. The frame coverage and magnification are the same as those of the D4 and D3 series, realizing comfortable shooting when using the D600 as a sub camera. In addition, grid lines can optionally be placed across the viewfinder (in FX format), a feature that is convenient for composition in landscape or architectural shooting.

  • *50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1.

SD memory card double slots compatible with high-speed SDXC UHS-I standard

The D600 supports SDXC UHS-I standard. Combined with the enhanced speed of the image-processing engine EXPEED 3, it processes and writes image data of 24.3 megapixels at high speed. In high-speed continuous shooting, the number of available shots*1 is 100 frames in JPEG*2 and 16 frames in RAW (lossless compressed/14-bit). Also, Eye-Fi card (on the market) that allows wireless transmission of the taken images from a camera to a PC is supported. Moreover, a variety of recording options is available — "Overflow", "Backup", and "RAW primary, JPEG secondary" recording that lets you record RAW data and JPEG data separately to each card. What's more, you can copy images between the two memory cards. In addition, when shooting D-Movie clips, you can select the slot according to the remaining capacity.

  • *1With an 8 GB San Disk SDHC UHS-I card (SDSDXPA-008G-J35). Under test conditions established by Nikon. The value may vary according to shooting conditions. The maximum number of exposures that can be stored in memory buffer at ISO 100. Drops if optimal quality is selected for JPEG compression, ISO sensitivity is set to Hi 0.3 or higher, or long exposure noise reduction or auto distortion control is on.
  • *2Excludes JPEG (fine/Large) in FX format (max. 57 shots).

Highly durable and precise shutter mechanisms tested for 150,000 cycles

The D600 employs a high-speed and high-precision sequential control mechanism that drives the shutter, mirror and aperture independently. The shutter has been tested for 150,000 cycles with the shutter unit and driving mechanism actually loaded to prove its extremely high durability, appropriate for a precision, digital SLR camera. Furthermore, it also incorporates a compact self-diagnostic shutter monitor to maintain high precision stably. The shutter monitor checks and detects shutter speed variance between set or controlled shutter speed and actual speed constantly to achieve highly accurate shutter control with minimized variance.

Energy-saving design

EN-EL15 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (supplied)

An efficient power circuit, the highly energy-efficient EXPEED 3 and other features reduce the power consumption of the D600. It adopts the EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, which is the same as the D800 series and D7000. It is possible to shoot approx. 900 shots* of still images on one charge of the EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery. As power sources, one EN-EL15, EH-5b AC Adapter (with EP-5B Power Connector) and MB-D14 Multi-Power Battery Pack can be used.

  • *Based on CIPA Standards.

MB-D14 Multi-Power Battery Pack that enables smooth vertical shooting (optional) [NEW]

The MB-D14 Multi-Power Battery Pack, exclusively designed for the D600, supports two types of batteries (one EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery and six R6/AA-size alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries) and the EH-5b AC Adapter (with EP-5B Power Connector). Seamless switching of power feeding between the battery of the D600 and the MB-D14 is possible when one EN-EL15 is loaded in each of them, enabling the user to shoot approx. twice as many images as the D600 alone. Photographers can concentrate on shooting at their ease without worrying about battery life. Furthermore, the MB-D14 Multi-Power Battery Pack incorporates controls for vertical shooting; shutter-release button, shutter-release button lock lever, AE-L/AF-L button, multi selector, and main/sub command dials. Magnesium alloy is used for the exterior.

When attached to the D600

Number of shots per charge (Based on CIPA Standards)

Number of shots per charge
Camera body
Approx. 900 shots
Approx. 900 shots
AA alkaline batteries
Approx. 450 shots
Approx. 1,800 shots
AA alkaline batteries
Approx. 1,350 shots