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Nikon just unveiled its lightest, smallest and cheapest full-frame SLR—just one day after Sony announced two advanced cameras with full-frame sensors.
Although its $2,100 price tag may be beyond the budgets of many consumers, Nikon is betting there are enough advanced-amateur photographers who will fork over the money for the 24-megapixel D600 in large part because of its FX-format image sensor.
The D600 will be positioned between its pro-level FX-format D800 and the more consumer-oriented D7000, which includes a smaller DX-format, or APS-C sized, sensor. One benefit is that Nikon claims you get better low light performance with full-frame sensors. Also, with the D600, wide-angle lenses will not be subject to a crop factor, which is the case when such lenses are used on SLRs with smaller sensors.
In addition to the large sensor, the D600 also includes a host of other enhanced features and technologies, including: