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Battle of the small full frame cameras: Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D

Just few days after Nikon announced their small full frame DSLR, the Nikon D600, Canon has respond with their EOS 6D Full frame DSLR. Both cameras have very similar specs and obviously are targeting similar user group.

We had a quick play with the Nikon D600 a few days ago and we’ll be doing a full D600 review very soon. But it’ll be probably be a few months before we can get our hands on a 6D, so we have summarised some of the key features and specs of these two cameras in the following table for you to compare the two camera.

While Canon has not officially announced the price of the 6D yet, it appears the 6D will be selling at same or very similar price as the Nikon D600.

So are you considering upgrading from a cropped sensor DSLR, or buying your first ever DSLR, which one would you buy?

[UPDATED: correction – the 6D doesn’t actually have a touch screen LCD]

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Nikon D600 Quick Hands on Impression

So Nikon has finally announced the Nikon D600 DSLR camera, the smallest full frame DSLR camera Nikon has ever made. It’s the first full frame DSLR that is targeting the consumer market as well as professional users.

We had a quick play with a sample D600 and let us share with you some of our first impressions. Unfortunately we were not allowed to show you photos of/from the camera, but we’ll be doing a more in-depth review with a production model very soon.

When we saw and hold the D600 in our hands, the first impression was, it’s very similar to a D7000! If it’s not the FX badge and the D600 logo at the front , we would have mistaken it as a D7000! It’s slightly bigger, and heavier than a D7000, but not by much. And when we put it side by side with a D800, the D800 is obviously bigger, taller and heavier.

The D600 has a full frame 24 megapixel sensor. The ISO range is from 100 – 6400 (native, expandable to 50-25600). The D600 can do 5.5fps at full resolution without any external aid. While we did not test it’s dynamic range in
this preview, we’ve took a few photos at high ISOs from 6400 up to max 25600 and the result looks pretty impressive. At ISO 6400, the amount of noise is still keep at reasonable level and there is still a good amount of fine details in the photo. We’ll do a more detailed comparison when we are doing the full review, but in the mean time, we can tell you you wouldn’t be disappointed if you want a camera that can shoot under low light. It’s not a D4, but the high performance should be at least as good as a D700.

The D600’s autofocus system is basically the same as the D7000’s AF system. It has 39 AF point with 9 of them are cross type and seven of them can focus at f/8. Like all the Nikon FX camera, all the focus points are within the central DX crop area.

The metering system is the same 3D color matrix metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor as the D7000 as well.

It’s obvious Nikon wants to sell this camera to a lot of consumer users who’s upgrading from a DX camera, but the D600 also has a (partly?) magnesium metal body. And I was told the weather seal is same as the D800, and the shutter rating is 150,000 so professional photographers should still be happy to use it as their work camera and take it anywhere, and shoot it under any weather condition.

The D600 also shares a lot of improvements and new features with it’s bigger brother, the 36MP FX D800. For example, the LCD screen is same as the D800, it uses the same Expeed 3 processor, it has very similar video mode including
uncompressed HDMI output, headphone out, external mic in and 1080p30 mode…etc

We noticed there are infra red sensors on the camera, so that means you can use a cheap infra red remote trigger to trigger this camera. This is something we haven’t see on a higher end Nikon DSLR before. In additional to that, you can use the optional wifi module and control it with an Android or iOS device.

The camera is pretty responsive, just like the D800 or D4, probably because of the Expeed3 processor. Shutter sound is more quiet than the D800 or D4.

And for those of you who care about how the camera look, I personally think it’s a very good looking camera. It’s not too boxy nor too curvy, and with a medium sized lens attached, it looks and feels very nice and balanced .

So right now, we are pretty impressed by this latest full frame camera, and we’ll be giving you a full review once we got our hands on a production model.

The D600 will be available locally (New Zealand) around end of next week.
Retail price is expected to be around mid $3k NZD

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Comparing the two high resolution Nikon DSLRs: D800 vs D3x

The 24MP Nikon D3x was the Nikon flagship DSLR camera and also the highest resolution DSLR available. That is until Nikon recently announced the 36MP D800.
While everyone is busy comparing the D800 with the D4 and the Canon 5D mk3, we thought it would be a good idea to see how the D800 compares with the D3x as well.
We have summarise some of the most important features and differences in this table below:

So while D3x’s build quality, shutter life and a few other things are still superior to the D800, the D800 has improved on so many areas. It has a higher resolution, better performance sensor (check dxoMark for the sensor review), much more powerful processor, improved autofocus system, a brand new metering system, can do full HD videos, a slightly bigger LCD screen  and a few other upgrades. It also has the 100% viewfinder and dual card slot which was previously only available on the full frame flagship model.

The D3x was and still is a very impressive camera, but the new D800 shows us very clearly how much technology has advanced in a short 3.5 year time.

And look at the price difference between the two cameras!

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