Nikon D600 Image Quality: Take a close look at real-world photo and video samples captured by the Nikon D600 and its 24-85mm VR kit lens, including close-ups of a 6-inch long Praying Mantis. As you'll discover, the D600 nailed the focusing and exposure on these samples, and even at full zoom and f/4.5 aperture the large full frame sensor allowed for depth of field separation between the insect and background. But sometimes a still photo of a still subject still doesn't give you the whole story, so the 1080p HD video clip shows you how this insect can remain incredibly still to lure its prey closer, and then bring it in for the finish with with its deadly spiked arms.
While recording video, the D600 allows you to adjust exposure using the exp. compensation button or shutter dial, but even in manual mode you can't adjust aperture while recording (this may be its achilles heal for video shooters). In photo mode the clear, bright optical viewfinder is a joy to use, and the cameras 39-point phase detection AF is super fast, but in video mode you have to use the 3.2-inch LCD monitor to compose, and in most cases you're probably better off using manual focus than the slower contrast detection AF.
After shooting, you can trim video files or convert RAW photos into JPEG, and Nikon also supplies basic Movie Editing software program that allows you to trim, add transitions, and insert still photos to your movies. However, higher-end video editors such as Apple Final Cut Pro X will give you better control over colors, output size, and other parameters.
ON the other hand, the Nikon ViewNX2 software gives you a decent amount of control for converting RAW-NEF files into 16-bitt TIFF, including sliders for sharpness, picture settings, White Balance, and contrast. and even at its default settings the results are about 15% sharper than you'll get from Fine quality JPEGs. Of course, Nikon's optional CaptureNX2 software turns RAW conversion into an art form, and I recommend it for serious photographers.
I also recommend a visit to the dxomark.com site for a comprehensive comparison of the D600's RAW image quality. DXOMARK ranks the D600's overall image quality at just below that of the higher megapixel Nikon D800, and well above that of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (although data had yet to be posted on the new full frame Canon EOS 6D, a more competitive camera.)
As you'll see in the charts found there, the Nikon D600 has extremely high signal to noise ratio at lower ISO settings, and low noise levels even at high ISOs--a benefit of its full frame sensor, no doubt. As you increase ISO up to the camera's limit of ISO 25,600, noise and tonal range decrease, but even at ISO 6400 color accuracy and overall image quality remains extremely high.
Of course, the quality of the lens and AF system will also affect image quality, so stay tuned for my next video showing how well the D600's AF system tracks moving subjects, or visit mcnamarareport.com for more information!
I just captured some footage via the HDMI out of my new Nikon D600 and I'm shocked that it puts a black box around. WTF Nikon??
I tried every setting, taking the SD card out of the camera, etc. I used the HMDI input on my Blackmagic Intensity Pro card in my MacPro, and used their Blackmagic Media Express app.
I heard this is happening with everyone, including the Atomos Ninja 2. I'm pissed. It's bad enough that Nikon doesn't allow f-stop changing in LiveView, but this is a MAJOR DEAL BREAKER!!!!!! Now I'm beginning to wonder if the signal is even 4:2:2. How would I check this?
If this is the way it is then I'm returning the camera. I hope to find out soon if there is a remedy, other that zooming in the frame in Final Cut by 105%.