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Nikon D600 launched - full-frame DSLR for only £1956

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Nikon has launched its most compact DSLR yet, the Nikon D600. Despite some notable features, though, it's also the company's cheapest.

The Nikon D600 packs a 24-megapixel full-frame image sensor into a one of the smallest and lightest (760g minus the battery) DSLR frames yet seen. Maybe it's the magnesium alloy body, which is also weather proof like the Nikon D800.

Speaking of the D800, the D600 packs the same Expeed 3 image processor as can be found in the chunkier device - and which offers processing speeds 20 times greater than the D700. Expect the camera to be able handle an ISO range of 100-6400, which is extendable to 50-25600.

The Nikon D600 is designed to support the company's FX lens system, but is also fully compatible with its APS-C-focused DX range. Equip one and the camera will simply switch to a cropped mode with a maximum resolution of 10.2-megapixels. Clever.

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On the video side, the Nikon D600 can shoot full HD 1080p at 30fps, or 720p at 60fps. There's also a 39-point autofocus system that works for both video and stills.

All of this for £1955.99 when it launches on September 18. It's still not exactly bringing full-frame photography to the masses, but it's a whole lot cheaper than - for example - the newly announced Sony RX100 and Sony A99.

Interestingly, Nikon's also providing a new Wi-Fi dongle (for £64.99) for wireless sharing and remote usage - you can bring a live feed up on your smartphone via the already available Android app, or through the forthcoming iOS app.

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