A few days ago Nikon officially announced the arrival of the D600 DSLR camera...although pretty much everyone in the photo industry knew it was coming. What is so great about this new Nikon DSLR? It has a full frame sensor and it is only $2099! That is crazy talk. Just a few years ago if you wanted a full frame sensor on your camera you were going to shell out over $7000. Now a hobbyist or beginner photographer can grab one of these beauties and have a full frame sensor camera...along with full 1080p HD video capability in one of the lightest DSLR bodies on the market today.
So what is the advantage of having a full frame sensor? Detail and image crop. Think of what the size of a 35mm negative is...that would be considered a "full frame". Now the majority of DSLR cameras on the market today are not quite the size of that 35mm negative so they have about a X1.5 crop on their sensor. That means when you put on a 50mm lens you are actually zooming in to around 75mm to accomodate for the sensor being a little smaller. The other advantage is detail. Generally the larger the sensor (or negative) you are using the more detail you will be able to capture in the photo.
Combine those along with the video capabilities and several other bells and whistles and you will quickly see why the Nikon D600 is a breakthrough for young photographers and hobbyists who thought having a full frame sensor camera was out of reach.