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Rodluvan
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p.1 #1 · ISO D600 vs D3x


I recently opted to buy a used D3x instead of a D600 or a D800. A few considerations dwarfed the economical ones (for what they are and the context they reside in, I conciser the D600 and D800 to be bargains).

Anyway, although high iso capability was not high on my priority list I was interested in the comparison that is possible to do on dpr, both cameras being 24Mpx.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d600/21

A screendump of samples at 6400 shows this







I'm not perfectly sure if one can draw too far reaching conclusions, but taking them strictly on face value, doesn't the d3x look better (more pleasant noise, sharper and higher contrast)? Could difference be down to a more aggressive in-camera noise processing in the D600?



Nov 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #2 · ISO D600 vs D3x


Actually IMO the d600 looks better. The noise in the d3x is to digital (blues and reds). The noise in the d600 is less and not as large grain.


Nov 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
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p.1 #3 · ISO D600 vs D3x


d600 looks better!


Nov 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
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p.1 #4 · ISO D600 vs D3x


Yup, D600 looks better.


Nov 19, 2012 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #5 · ISO D600 vs D3x


D600 wins IMO. Much cleaner noise and easier to cleanup in PP.

Dave



Nov 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
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p.1 #6 · ISO D600 vs D3x


I also agree that the D600 looks cleaner and the nature of the noise is also nicer.



Nov 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #7 · ISO D600 vs D3x


D600 for sure


Nov 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · ISO D600 vs D3x


Yes, the D600 is better. And for what it's worth this sample is from the raw files, so there wouldn't be any in-camera processing going on.


Nov 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
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p.1 #9 · ISO D600 vs D3x


Well, funny. To me it looks clear that the d3x is much sharper, has higher contrast and much more vivid colors. I was very surprised as I was expecting the D600 to wipe the floor with the d3x anywhere beyond iso800. I'm probably subconsciously biased.
I do agree the noise is much more apparent in the d3x though, but I do find it rather pleasant (finely grained).



Nov 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
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p.1 #10 · ISO D600 vs D3x


I'd say the D600 is the clear winner, though I do agree that the D3X has higher contrast, is sharper and has more vivid colors. So why the D600? Because these are RAW files and so I can take that cleaner D600 image and sharpen it, increase the contrast and pump the colors and not have to first scrub the noise (which reduces contrast, smooths out details and drops saturation). In other words, the D600 gives me a better starting point for PP work.

Peace,

Todd



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p.1 #11 · ISO D600 vs D3x


D600


Nov 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
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p.1 #12 · ISO D600 vs D3x


D600 too...


Nov 19, 2012 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #13 · ISO D600 vs D3x


Todd Warnke wrote:
I'd say the D600 is the clear winner, though I do agree that the D3X has higher contrast, is sharper and has more vivid colors. So why the D600? Because these are RAW files and so I can take that cleaner D600 image and sharpen it, increase the contrast and pump the colors and not have to first scrub the noise (which reduces contrast, smooths out details and drops saturation). In other words, the D600 gives me a better starting point for PP work.

Peace,

Todd


So you take the cleaner image, sharpen it, increase contrast and pump colours to end up with..what you got with the D3x from the get go? Bumping colours and contrast in post isn't really the same thing as getting them out of the RAW file is it? Neither is sharpening (to gain resolution).
I was at first thinking the exact same thing but in reverse, the D600 file looks like the d3x file with an aggressive noise-reduction filter applied.
ISO 6400 is outside of native ISO (so is 3200) for d3x so it should perform relatively horrible.



Nov 19, 2012 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #14 · ISO D600 vs D3x


D3z looks sharper... and contrasty. Or maybe thats why it looks sharper. The color noise is also higher.


Nov 19, 2012 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #15 · ISO D600 vs D3x


I like the first two from the D3x, and the last from the D600. But if I had to pick a camera from these images, I'd pick the D3x. I'd have to pay extra, but would be happy to do it for the big integrated body, the weathersealing, the AF, and the battery life. The D600 is an excellent camera, but I personally need something that can shoot in the rain.


Nov 19, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #16 · ISO D600 vs D3x


I believe OP wants someone to confirm the D3x was the right choice...


Nov 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #17 · ISO D600 vs D3x


Not saying specifically that it wasn't! (Just for clarification)


Nov 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
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p.1 #18 · ISO D600 vs D3x


What was the price?


Nov 19, 2012 at 07:16 PM
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p.1 #19 · ISO D600 vs D3x


tjpenton wrote:
I believe OP wants someone to confirm the D3x was the right choice...


Would you, please



Nov 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
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p.1 #20 · ISO D600 vs D3x


The color and detail is a lot better from the D3X.


Nov 19, 2012 at 08:06 PM
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