Nikon D600 Media Event

Nikon D600 Presentation
Luke Tan of Nikon Singapore giving a presentation of the new products.

Yesterday, Nikon announced the D600 and a number of other things, and Nikon Singapore held a media event for the local bloggers. The three of us went to take a look, and here’s what we got. (Many thanks to Nikon Singapore and their partners for hosting the event.)

Nikon were keen to trumpet on their latest accomplishments, followed by the unveiling of a number of products, namely the D600, as well as the new 18.5mm f/1.8 lens for the Nikon 1 series and the new UT-1 unit, which adds LAN capability with an Ethernet port for the D800/E, D600 and D7000. The latter sounds like a weird accessory, until you realise that the latest Wi-Fi adaptor, the WT-5, requires said Ethernet port, which only the D4 has. At least D800 users won’t feel left out, even though I feel this level of accessory segregation to be unnecessary. Making things a bit more confusing, is that the D600 also supports the new WU-1b, a small dongle similar to the D3200’s WU-1a.

Nikon 1 J2 with 18.5mm f/1.8
The new Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 on the Nikon J2.

The new 1 series 18.5mm f/1.8 goes some way to alleviate one of the main problems of the line, which is the lack of fast lenses. The other main problem is the need for a proper enthusiast camera in that line. Using the V1 is like a visit to the dentist when you have 17 cavities – painful, long, and probably pointless. Still, it’s a small step.

(And, no, I don’t consider the smallish sensor to be an issue with the 1 series.)

Nikon D600 and AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8
The Nikon D600. Sitting pretty with the relatively new AF-S 28mm f/1.8G

The star of the show, the D600, is an easy camera to describe: It’s a D7000 with a 24 megapixel FX sensor, and video capabilities along with some UI tweaks from the D4/D800. The camera feels like a D7000, all the way to its shutter, with a quiet advance mode that is actually quiet, as well as the viewfinder, which is not quite up to the ones in the D700 and D800. More coming in our First Look of the D600, which will be up shortly!

Disclosure: CK had a stroke of luck and won a Nikon V1 with the 10-30mm lens kit, David had three egg tarts and two of what I presume to be prawn balls, and I had… three glasses of water. Maybe four. Each attendee was also given a mooncake and a 4GB drive filled with press information.

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