If you're one of those whose interest was piqued (n.b., entire Internet: not "peeked" or "peaked"!) by the new D600, you might already know about our friend Thom Hogan's Bythom.com, the most interesting of the Nikon websites (and very good as a general photo-industry site too).
Thom has been keeping up a running commentary about the D600, with the latest updates at the top, called "Everything I Know About the D600 So Far." If you're one of those who are new to the page (and many veteran Nikonians won't be, I realize), I think the best place to dive in is to scroll down to the section titled "D600 Impressions" from Sept. 12th, before reading higher and lower. There, he'll give you a nuanced take on the question "should I get a D600 or a D800?" and cover some interesting subtleties about Nikon's product-introduction strategy, and how it might affect you.
Among many other points. A line I liked was, "But here's the thing: the D600 is a D3x in a D7000 body for about 30% the price." Attractive when you put it that way.
I do have to tweak Thom about one thing. First* he apologizes for helping to introduce the term "end-user" back in the 1980s. And then he says: "The D600 feels more 'casual enthusiast' to me with the D800 being 'dedicated enthusiast.' The D600 shooter is more likely to be the weekend-only, or worse still, vacation-only shooter. The D600 shooter probably isn't trying to get to the highest pinnacle of photography, and is satisfied with 'good images.' The D800 is someone shooting all the time and trying to move to the next level.""Move to the next level" is another cringeworthy phrase in my book. Darkly, it seems like language co-opted into the corporate product-tier mindset, but even trivially it grates...on my ear, anyway. Photography isn't a video game.
But of course you know what he means. (Thom's always good at making complex considerations clear.) Sounds to me like he likes the D600 but basically thinks you should (ahem) take it to the next level and go ahead and get the D800. (Who wants to be a "vacation-only shooter"? Not even vacation-only shooters, I'm guessing.)
But no need for me to maunder on. I'll assume most people reading this have already clicked over to Thom's article and gotten started reading that.
*First, that is, if you're reading from the top....
UPDATE: Ming Thein has posted his D600 review, too. (Thanks to Kevin P. for this.)
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Featured Comment by Andrew R: "I love it when my favourite bloggers cross-link!"
Featured Comment by Chad Thompson: "Though photography isn't a video game, cameras are becoming more like game consoles all the time."
Featured Comment by fjf: "Does the D600 offer focus piquing?"
[Mike slaps forehead]
Featured Comment by JohnMFlores: "I've started a spreadsheet of the cost of the D600 plus different lens combinations. This can't end well."
Mike replies: It can for me, if you just remember to buy it through my links! :-)
Featured Comment by Harry Lime: "I just got my D600 a few days ago. Coming from a D700 I can assure everyone that it is not a 'vacation camera' or a flimsy toy. The IQ is truly superb. It offers a noticeable improvement over my D700 in terms of exposure range and noise. The camera is fast in operation and the ergonomics and viewfinder are first rate. I only wish the viewfinder window was round, instead of square. AF is fast and accurate. It's compact and noticeably lighter than the competition.
"Think of it as a digital F100. Build quality is very high. Yes, it's a notch below the D700, but it is far from being a toy camera. It will without a doubt stand up to the rigors of cat photographers and soccers moms the world over. Many professionals shoot with 'consumer grade' bodies and unless you do something truly extreme, they work just fine. This is a very, very good camera and IMO the biggest bang for your buck currently on the market."