Nikon D600 sets high bar for sensor image quality

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon D600 Preview | Nikon D600 Sensor Performance | Nikon D600 Versus Competition | Conclusion

Nikon D600 sets high bar for sensor image quality

Nikon D600

The D600’s full-frame 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor did not disappoint. It received a DxOMark Overall Score of 94, placing it in the number three position on DxOMark’s camera sensor database. Coincidently, the D600 was ranked just below two of its relatives, including the D800 and D800E.

Similar to the D800 and D800E, the D600 delivered a golden all-around performance. Portrait, nature, and wildlife photographers will find this camera magnetic for its color reproduction. At 25.1 bits, the D600’s sensor captures an abundance of colors with varying levels of saturation and intensity.

Nikon D600

Landscape and architecture photographers will appreciate the camera’s high-caliber and broad dynamic range – it finds details in some of the most contrast heavy scenes, including in images that have a mix of dark shadows and bright highlights.

And sports and entertainment photographer will be more than content with the D600’s low light shooting. It has a knack for pushing the limits of image quality in dim environments. The camera delivers well-balanced photos until around 3000 ISO, after which its quality begins to taper off.