<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Nikon/D600">this page on the website</a></div>I saw some real life test on the www about the fact that the D600 overexposes. That was the reason why I sold my D7000 and use my 'old' D90.
Can anyone explain me why this D600 with such a bad exposure algorithm gets such a good score on DxOMark ...
I almost wonder if Nikon sponsors this site???? ;-)
Kind regards, André
Might be because DXO Tests the sensor raw output and not the camera. And the sensor is indeed very good.
As for your problem with the D7000, it is not really a problem, new sensors are tuned up to be more sensitive.
So using base iso like 200 or 100 is often pulled, and not the real sensor ISO, so it tends to "over expose", but that's the idea getting more photons in order to get more information on the darker areas of the image and so less noise.
Knowing that, if you're shooting raw, you are able to recover about a stop and a half of highlights dynamic range anyway (except if the highlights are really blown up), so it's all right.
If you dislike the output and do not wish to toy with the raw, just use the center weighed average measure, aim at your subject and use AEL to lock the exposure setting and compensate by minus 0.7 ev it should do the trick.
Just a question of getting used to the gear.
Anyway for careful exposure, nothing is more reliable than a spot or an area measure, global average measure are rarely good, either too conservative or to prone to highlights clipping. IMO