Given the opportunity to lay hands on the D600 at the official Nikon launch, it was the D600's compact size that struck us first. Placed up against the D800, the D600 is the noticeably smaller model of the two and on first glance it does appear to look a little bit like a D7000 on steroids.
The chunky grip contributes to a robust feel in the hand but without a full magnesium chassis we'd say it doesn't feel quite as solid as the D800, which is around 140g heavier. The ergonomics of the camera seem to have been carefully thought through and we like the idea of having dedicated buttons for ISO, White Balance, Image Quality and Bracketing. There are no major changes to the layout of the menu system. This is good news for existing Nikon users who might be looking at the D600 as an upgrade option.
Screen sharpness seemed exceptional in the short space of time that we used the camera. For Nikon users that are familiar with Nikon DSLR's they'll be able to pick up the D600 and start using it without any delay. The D-Pad at the rear of the camera seems slightly smaller than the one found on the D800, however the switch to control Live View is exactly the same.
We're expecting to lay hands on our full review sample in the next few days so be sure to check back to What Digital Camera for your full, hands-on, review very soon.