Nikon AF600


The Nikon AF600 or Lite Touch AF Panoramic: another compact with a 28mm! Does it live up to the expectations? Read all about it in this review.

Let’s start off with the technical facts. The Nikon AF600 sports a 28mm f3.5 lens. It has a panorama setting/switch which masks the photo on top and bottom. There’s a window to check what film is in. It can focus down to 35cm and the viewfinder has parallax compensation marks for shooting things between 35cm and 1m. It automatically sets the ISO for DX-coded films, films that don’t have a DX-label will be set to 100 iso. There is also the AF600 QD version which has a databack. On top it has a couple of buttons: the focus mode/selftimer button, flash mode button, the power button and of course the shutter release button.

In focus/selftimer mode you can select: autofocus, infinity focus, one shot self-timer and two-shot self-timer. The two-shot self-timer is quite unique. Like it says, it takes two pictures and the great thing is that you don’t have to walk back to your camera. The second picture is taken after 10 seconds (like the first picture).

The flash mode button hides a couple of flash modes: auto flash mode, auto flash mode with red-eye reduction, flash-cancel mode, anytime flash mode and slow sync flash mode. Especially the two last ones can come in handy when you want to use the flash for fill-in or when it’s dark. The flash ready button on the back (next to the viewfinder) lights up shortly when your picture is in focus and the flash is charged.

Now, let’s talk about how it performs. It starts up fast and the autofocus and shutter release react in a reasonably fast time. You can pre-focus, which is a good feature. You just point the middle of the viewfinder on the part you want to have in focus and then reframe. When you’ve focused the in-focus/flash ready-led lights up for a second. I think the camera does the job quite well. The results are nice, definitely during the day. The camera has some problems exposing and focusing when it’s (quite) dark, but sometimes I made some mistakes and didn’t point the camera right. But when there’s enough light it delivers nice results. It makes a reasonable amount of noise when winding the film.

The one thing that got me off using this camera is the small viewfinder. Sometimes it’s really hard to find where you have to put your eye and that annoys me. There’s of course the ‘shoot from the hip’-principle and some might say you don’t need the viewfinder, but I’m a fond user of it so I want it easy to use and big. I’ld rather use my Ricoh R1 which has the choice between a 30 and 24mm and has a much better viewfinder.

- 28mm
- close up 35cm
- panorama (something I don’t use or understand, but it’s there)
- several focus and flash modes
- though rare, quite affordable

- very ‘hard to find’ small viewfinder
- f3.5: it should have been f2.8
- alternatives: Ricoh R1 (with modification a 24mm!), ricoh GR1 family, Olympus XA4

written by cubilas on 2010-10-23 in #reviews #wide-angle #af600 #nikon-af600 #nikon #camera-review #camera #28mm


  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    some stunning results in bright light!

  2. orange_vespa
    orange_vespa ·

    Just got one for 3€ at a fleamarket. Seems to be ok.

  3. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    Does the camera do the full autofocus at a half-press? Or does it only measure the distance at half-press and focus when you actually full-press to take the shot?

More Interesting Articles

  • Lomopedia: Nikon AF600

    written by cheeo on 2014-11-26 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon AF600

    Also known as the Nikon Lite Touch, this compact camera offers crisp wide-angle and panoramic shots from the get-go. Get to know more about this camera in this installment of Lomopedia.

  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.

  • Reviews on Rewind: The New Petzval Lens 85

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-30 in #gear #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: The New Petzval Lens 85

    The New Petzval Lens 85 continues to captivate the hearts of many photographers from its debut a couple of years back. A perfect balance between form and function, this lens closely mimics the look of the legendary Petzval lens of the 19th century and delivers eye-catching images with its signature tack sharp center and swirly bokeh background. Many photographers from both outside and inside the Lomography community have raved about the New Petzval 85. In this recap, we look back at four community-written reviews.

  • Shop News

    New Item: Revolog 36exp Plexus

    New Item: Revolog 36exp Plexus

    Feeling experimental? We have the perfect film for you. Load up a roll of Revolog Plexus 200 on your favorite 35mm camera and shoot as you normally would.

  • The Email Notifications and Reports Are Back

    written by pan_dre on 2015-03-25 in #world #news
    The Email Notifications and Reports Are Back

    Are you trying to keep in touch with all your friends on Lomography and don't want to miss a single like, mention or comment? We have good news for you, the email reports and notifications are back!

  • The Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film and My Holga: An In-Depth Review

    written by Lorraine Healy on 2015-03-23 in #gear #reviews
    The Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film and My Holga: An In-Depth Review

    An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available in eBook form at In this article, Healy explains how she fell hard in love with the Lomography XPro Slide 200 film and why she takes it on her many travels.

  • Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Color Negative 35mm 800 ISO

    written by chooolss on 2014-11-30 in #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: Lomography Color Negative 35mm 800 ISO

    If you'd be shooting in low light, at night, or in any other situation that would require a high speed film for best results, why don't you try the Lomography Color Negative 800 for 35mm cameras? Allow five of our community members to convince you with their respective reviews in this installment of Reviews on Rewind.

  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • 10 Steps to Better Photography with the LC-A+

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-08 in #gear #tipster
    10 Steps to Better Photography with the LC-A+

    With features that allow one to be as creative as possible and a size compact enough to bring it anytime, anywhere, the LC-A+ is indeed an embodiment of our 10 Golden Rules. In this week's feature, we list down some of the ways you could up your photography game with this wonderful camera.

  • Album Review: Without My Enemy What Would I Do

    written by mindofmyra on 2015-07-16 in #people #lifestyle #locations #events
    Album Review: Without My Enemy What Would I Do

    Made in Heights is at it again. In May 2015, Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi and Kelsey Bulkin released their album "Without My Enemy What Would I Do." This album tests the boundaries of genre by pulling from all forms of music to create a paradigm shift of preconceived notions.

  • Petzval Amigo: Chloé Vollmer-Lo

    written by annoushka on 2015-05-27 in #people #lifestyle #lomoamigos
    Petzval Amigo: Chloé Vollmer-Lo

    Chloé Vollmer-Lo's photos speak for themselves. Every image, whether it's a portrait or a seemingly simple snapshot of a street alley, tells a story. The Paris-based photographer tested the New Petzval Lens 85 recently, and the results, as expected, speak volumes. She talks about her experience as a freelance photographer - and with the New Petzval Lens 85 - in this exclusive interview.

  • Shop News

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Standard Photo Development Services

    Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)

  • Lomopedia: Nikon L35 AF

    written by cheeo on 2014-10-08 in #reviews
    Lomopedia: Nikon L35 AF

    Nikon dubbed this autofocus camera “Pikaichi,” which means “top-notch” in Japanese. Curious about the reason behind the nickname? Read on to find out.

  • Lomo'instant Party Recap UK

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-18 in #news
    Lomo'instant Party Recap UK

    Last week we celebrated the arrival of the Lomo'Instant camera at the Lomography Soho Store with a huge launch party. We opened our doors late to showcase this exciting new compact instant camera! We gave you the chance to hold this beauty in your hands and have your photo taken in our instant photobooth. Read on to catch the event highlights.

  • Reviews on Rewind: LomoChrome Purple (Part 2)

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-08-30 in #gear #reviews
    Reviews on Rewind: LomoChrome Purple (Part 2)

    With its surreal, psychedelic results that easily remind one of fairy tale-like wonderlands, the LomoChrome Purple has quickly grown to become one of the most popular emulsions in the community. We're giving you that extra push in the form of more community-penned reviews to finally try this film yourself, if you haven't.