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| p.1 #1 · D600 color and contrast vs. D800 vs. 5D III |
Now that test images for all three cameras are available on dpreview, it might be interesting to hear comments about what raw-file Kodak color chart comparisons show. My initial impressions: both the D600 and the 5D III do a better job with color and contrast than the D800, which is probably not surprising.
The D600 is the high ISO noise champion.
The color and contrast comparison between the D600 and the 5D III is harder to evaluate. They each do better in some comparisons and worse in others. Generally, the D600 shows less saturation (at least in this test, hard to know whether settings make a difference). At times the lower saturation makes the D600 colors look more controlled, at other times, especially in middle densities, the greater saturation in the Canon colors makes them appear to separate better.
The comparisons seem to switch around a bit with changes in ISO.
Both cameras fail, or nearly fail, to resolve a few color pairs, and it tends to be the same pairs that trouble each camera, but not to the same degree. One will show a bit more trouble in dark greens, the other in deep magentas, etc. I think the Canon does just a tad better in the pastels.
I'm seeing this on a calibrated NEC 27-inch monitor. Obviously different setups will show it differently, and different eyes will see it differently.
Based on what I see in these color and noise comparisons, the D600 has moved up a notch in consideration of what this Canon user will be recommending to friends who ask about a camera for family use. But the 5D III is hanging in there as a body, and those who ask about more lens-challenging applications, especially for less-expensive longer zooms, will probably get that recommendation.
It will be interesting to see if anything worth noting happens when the Canon 6D is added to the mix.