(with 24–85mm Nikkor kit lens)
BEST FOR: Aspiring pros.
THE TEST: The dynamic range on the D600’s giant 24-megapixel sensor is so good, you can capture a ladybug in the foreground without blowing out the puffy clouds in the background. Its intuitive time-lapse mode can shoot an MPEG of stills, at any shutter speed, for almost eight hours. And while most DSLR action modes automatically adjust shutter speed, the D600 also tweaks the ISO—a measure of the sensor’s light sensitivity—to match conditions, so at 12,500 you can capture action shots even in alpenglow.
THE VERDICT: Superb manual controls make this the best pro-grade camera we tested.