Strobists Beware: The Nikon D600 Lacks a Sync Jack and Has 1/200th Sync

Announced this morning, Nikon’s new D600 is a powerful little full frame DSLR at an unprecedented price point, and should be quite popular among photographers looking to upgrade from a crop sensor camera. At $2,100, it’s more than a grand cheaper than Canon’s lowest-level full frame: the Canon 5D Mark III. However, the camera isn’t geared towards every kind of photographer. David Hobby of Strobist states that Nikon has completely overlooked one segment: photographers who are serious about off-camera lighting:

The first thing, and given recent history something not unexpected, is the lack of a sync jack. I was pissed off surprised when the D7000 didn’t include it. But a full-frame body without a sync jack? That’s just a little weird.

It has a 1/200th sync. Game over. […] True, it is only a third of a stop as compared to 1/250th. But with speedlights and daylight, that is a critical third of a stop. To be clear, this camera makes every single flash you own less effective.

Also, the difference between 1/250th and 1/200th sync is deadly when it comes to stopping action when balancing flash and ambient. 1/250th is dicey enough. 1/200th just doesn’t work.

There are currently rumors floating around that Canon may be gearing up to launch a cheaper full frame DSLR as well, possibly to be called the Canon 6D. If it does materialize in the next month or two, it’ll be interesting to see how the price point and feature set stack up against the D600.

Nikon D600: Think Twice Before You Jump [Strobist]

  • karmaportrait

    at least it comes with lens flare

  • sierrarobba

    Wirless nikon flash operation is present.So buy 5 of them and you ha ve a off camera studio or wathever.

  • Curious

    Isn’t the still-in-production 5D mk II Canon’s lowest-level full frame?

  • Michal Rosa

    Two words – “entry level”, the camera also doesn’t have a GPS system and is missing a kitchen sink as well. I guess there is no cure for unrealistic expectations and inflated level of self-importance.

  • Cochese25

    Hey there. I’m not quite sure if you realize this, but the 5D MII is still in production. It’s better than this camera by far and is even cheaper. Here, won’t you pick one up from Amazon for $1900?

  • Joe Gunawan

    Doesn’t solve the 1/200th X-sync, though.

  • Gary

    I believe you can sync Nikon speed lights above 1/250th but they will lose power as your shutter speed increases. This may or may not require the Speedlights to be in manual, not TTL, to work, which I understand is what most folks favor anyway.

  • Joe Gunawan

    No, I meant that the D600 can’t sync above 1/200th.

  • josteinr

    Nice try with the referral link. Mod should take this down

  • Mansgame

    This is just a cheap camera – except for the price. It is literally a D7000 (a consumer soccer mom camera which is nice but not a pro body) with an FX sensor.

  • bob cooley

    Beware? That’s kind of alarmist. Did you put a big “Beware” over the 5D MKII’s 1/160th sync? (and that’s not a slam on the 5D, its a fine camera, too).

    Not every camera needs to do absolutely everything – especially an entry level one.

    As for the lack of PC sync, I don’t find this particularly surprising. PC Syncs are kind of pointless in a time of TTL, unless you are still shooting with a Vivitar 283, you likely don’t need a PC for your body, unless you are shooting studio strobes – in which case a hotshoe adapter is safer anyways. Most serious shooters are using radio remotes anyways.

    If you want to do serious off-camera flash, you need a cord that supports TTL (SC-17 to SC-29). If you really need the PC attachment, buy a hotshoe to PC adapter, they cost $10.

    While I’m slightly less enthused about the 1/200 sync, it’s only 1/3 of a stop… and remember, the 5D MKII only has 1/160th sync and it still manages to be a good body.

    This is an entry level Full-frame. If you want a pro level, you are going to spend the extra $$ for the D800.

  • J.Jack

    I know this is a semi-pro/ first step towards a professional camera and all…
    …,but at the end of the day, I don’t think that Nikon should short change the technology (that is needed or was standard to make the camera compatible with our laptop and such) just to make it cheaper/cuter. Just my 2 cents.

  • Rui Nelson Carneiro

    Good luck for your Einsteins.

    The best sync out there for a 35mm dSLR is just 1/250th of second, which is just 1/3 of stop better.

    If you want the best, pay for it, you can get the cheapest FF DSLR with 1/250th with Nikon too. With Canon, you’ll only get 1/250X with the top-of-the-range 1D X.

  • Rui Nelson Carneiro

    And you have no talent what-so-ever, so why do you need a camera anyway?

  • Rui Nelson Carneiro

    It can sync with FP sync.