Nikon D600 Digital Camera Review
Nikon's D600 is just a strong as the D800, minus the extra resolution.
High ISO performance of the D600 is exceptionally strong, returning usable shots up to ISO 3200 or 6400 depending on print size, and all this before the use of any noise reduction software.
Once you do start using noise reduction, the effects can be dramatic. Each noise reduction level behaves similarly at low ISOs, but once you cross 3200, the software has the ability to lessen image noise by one "ISO's worth" per noise reduction level. For example, image noise is 1.76% at ISO 6400 and low noise reduction, yet holds steady at 1.71% at ISO 12800 with normal noise reduction. Basically, this is really good noise reduction software.
Each step incurs a penalty to detail level of course, but the shots that can be pulled off low light situations are worth it. More on how we test noise.
The D600's sensitivity range extends from 100 - 6400 natively, however this can be extended considerably without any resolution penalty. After unlocking them with a menu option, sensitivities down to Low 1.0 (ISO 50 equivalent) are available at the bottom end, and sensitivities up to Hi 2.0 (ISO 25,600 equivalent) appear at the top.
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