Update (22/11/12): It appears that the D600's image sensor has a dust accumulation problem. Nikon has yet to officially comment on this issue at this time.
Update (25/3/13): Nikon has issued an official advisory about the spots issue.
The Nikon D600 is an exciting camera for one big reason: its price. While $3249 isn't something to be sneezed at, it's the most affordable full-frame camera from Nikon yet. The other current generation Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras will run you S$4,488 for the D800 and S$9,799 for the D4. The D600 and D800's predecessor, the D700, launched four years ago at $3888. Here's a quick comparison between the Nikon D600, its Nikon complements and Canon competitors.
|Specs/Camera||Nikon D600||Nikon D700||Nikon D800||Canon EOS 5D Mk III||Canon EOS 6D|
|ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100-6,400, expandable to 50-25,600||ISO 200-6,400, expandable to 100-25,600||ISO 100-6,400, expandable to 50-25,600||ISO 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400||ISO 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400|
|AF Points||39 points (9 cross-type)||51 points (15 cross-type)||51 points (15 cross-type)||61 points (41 cross-type)||11 points (1 cross-type)|
|Metering Sensor||2,016-pixel RGB sensor||1,005-pixel RGB sensor||91,000-pixel RGB sensor||63-zone dual-layer sensor||63-zone dual-layer sensor|
|Max. Frame Rate (Full-res)||5.5fps||5fps||4fps||6fps||4.5fps|
|File Formats||12 or 14-bit lossless compressed or compressed NEF (raw), JPEG||12 or 14-bit lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed NEF (raw), TIFF, JPEG||12 or 14-bit lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed NEF (raw), TIFF, JPEG||Raw (14-bit Canon original), JPEG||Raw (14-bit Canon original), JPEG|
|Viewfinder||Optical, 100% coverage, 0.7x magnification||Optical, 95% coverage, 0.72x magnification||Optical, 100% coverage, 0.7x magnification||Optical, 100% coverage, 0.71x magnification||Optical, 97% coverage, 0.71x magnification|
|LCD Monitor||3.2", 921K-dot||3", 921K-dot||3.2", 921K-dot||3.2", 1,040K-dot||3", 1,040K-dot|
|Shutter Speed||30-1/4000 sec||30-1/8000 sec||30-1/8000 sec||30-1/8000 sec||30-1/4000 sec|
|Shutter Release Cycles||150,000||150,000||200,000||150,000||100,000|
|Flash X-sync Speed||1/200 sec||1/250 sec||1/250 sec||1/200 sec||1/180 sec|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)||N.A.||MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)||MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)||MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)|
|Memory Card Slots||2 x SD slots||1 x CF slot||1 x SD slot, 1 x CF slot||1 x SD slot, 1 x CF slot||1 x SD slot|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||900 shots||1,000 shots||900 shots||950 shots||1,090 shots|
|Dimensions||141 x 113 x 82mm||147 x 123 x 77mm||146 x 123 x 82mm||152 x 116 x 76mm||145 x 111 x 71mm|
|Price (Body)||S$3,249||S$3,888||D800: S$4,488
|Availability||Now||Discontinued||Now||Now||Estimated end of 2012|