So while I wait to scrape together $3,000 to buy a Nikon D800 to replace my Nikon D700, a rumor rolls out about another Nikon 100 series camera. This would be the absolute perfect camera for most serious photographers looking for their first pro-level camera. Oh and it will supposedly be released at half the price of the Nikon D800. I’ll take two!
This would be Nikon’s very formidable competitor to the Canon 7D, with a few tricks up its sleeve, namely the full-frame sensor. Of course it comes three years late to the game. To my knowledge, Nikon never really made a camera to compete with Canon’s affordable, almost professional, Canon 7D.
At $1,700 and great 1080p video and tons of fancy features. Sure Nikon put out the Nikon D7000 a year later, but comparing on price alone, the Canon 7D at a $600 premium, was in a class of its own. There are over a dozen rumored features from Nikon Rumors but I’ll share the highlights here. Check out their posts for more up to date information.
- 24.7MP full-frame sensor
- HDMI output
- Full HD with 30p, 25p, 24p, HD with 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p
- Viewfinder coverage: 100% for FX , 97% for Dx
- The Nikon D600 will have built-in AF motor
- The body most probably will be weather sealed
- ISO range: 100-6400 (with Lo-1 ISO 50 and Hi-2 ISO 25,600)
- 39 AF points (with an option of 11 AF points), 9 cross-type AF points
- AF face detection
- 2 SD card slots with Eye-fi support
- Built-in flash with sync speed of 1/250s
- Built in time-lapse functionality
- New external battery grip
- To be released this summer
Considering the cost is $1,500 (allegedly), I can see a lot of people who were thinking about getting the Nikon D800 switching their choice to the Nikon D600 with a professional lens and nice flash.
Alternately, and especially if the HDMI video output is uncompressed like the Nikon D800 and Nikon D4, HD-DSLR videographers would happily jump from the Nikon D7000, which is a crop-sensor HD-DSLR, for the Nikon D600. It’s price is perfect for anyone wanting to seriously get into great video. I’m even questioning whether I should get two Nikon D600s instead of one Nikon D800.
Ok, let’s be honest. We know I’ll get the Nikon D800. Who knows if this rumor will even come true. Sounds like the absolute latest we will have to wait is September at Photokina. Bottom line. If this comes true, it will be the camera I recommend to anyone looking to get serious about photography and/or HD-DSLR video. I’m sure Canon will be hot on Nikon’s heels, unless they consider the Canon 5DMKII the competition to the Nikon D600. When you think about it, they are more alike than they are different…