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Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012Fri 05-Apr-13 12:09 AM
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"D7100 vs D600 high ISO comparison"


El Sobrante, US
          

I was very curious about the high ISO noise levels of the D7100 compared to the D600, especially in less than ideal light. Both are superb cameras, but the D600 is obviously going to show less noise at high ISO's - the question is "how much less"? I nearly bought the D600, but I wanted some of the features of the D7100, particularly the larger AF area, so that's what I got. Fortunately, a friend has a D600 so we were able to take comparison shots. Both cameras were set to standard picture control, with high ISO noise reduction turned off. The D600 used a Nikon 28-300 lens and my D7100 used a Nikon 16-85. We set both cameras to f/5.6, with the D600 as close to 75 mm as we could and the D7100 to 50 mm. We took all shots on the D600 at ISO 6400 only. I shot the D7100 at ISO 1600, 3200, and 6400, so I could see approximately where its noise level matched the D600. I took 100% crops from all of the images and have posted them in Galleries Home » Member » Toby01 » D7100 vs D600 High ISO noise. Sorry I don't know how to point the way to the album more clearly, but this is the first one I have tried to set up. Once I figure how to get those shots listed in this post, I will do so. In looking at the crops in CNX2, I would say that the D600 is about a stop cleaner, although there is some variation depending on the amount of light and the colors in the shot -- sometimes the difference seems to be a little more than one stop, sometimes slightly less. This magnification is pretty extreme for 24 megapixel cameras, so I have to say that I am very pleased with the low light performance of my D7100. In good light, it seems incredible.

If someone can explain how to get the shots from my album to show up in this post, I will try to do so with the like shots from the 2 cameras next to one another. Thanks.

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FutureLook Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Dec 2003Fri 05-Apr-13 04:29 AM
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Miami, US
          

I do not own the D600 therefore, I can't compare noise levels between them. I do own the D800. I compared some handheld shots with my D7100 at 3200 and 1500 ISO and was very pleased to see the D7100 noise level quite respectable compared to my D800 under similar circumstances.

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberFri 05-Apr-13 01:59 PM
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#2. "RE: D7100 vs D600 high ISO comparison"
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Monterey Bay, US
          

I have both and shot inside a barn with the same lens.
The D600 images beat the D7100 in every way but not by much.

I like the price, handling, 1/3 crop, and AF point aray of the D7100 better so I was surprised.
However, I do not have the D7100 dialed in yet, so time will tell.

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dagoldst Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Sat 06-Apr-13 05:18 PM
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Little Rock, US
          

The best comparative shots I have seen are at Imaging Resource and DPReview. The images are taken under identical lighting in RAW and in the case of Imaging Resource, you can download the RAW images to your favorite RAW processing software, disable the noise reduction and sharpening and compare noise levels at every ISO.

BTW,I've done the comparison as I am contemplating a D7100 as a companion camera to my D600.

Here is one of my ISO 6400 shots from a discussion in the D600 forum. The light level in this room was far below the way it appears in this image - I'm sure the D7100 will be good under low light, but it won't be like this.

D600 ISO 6400

David

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Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012Sat 06-Apr-13 06:49 PM
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El Sobrante, US
          

David.

The reason I took the comparison shots was to help others in their decision between the D600 and the D7100. As you rightly point out, the D600 is superb under low light levels. But my comparison showed me that the D7100 is pretty good too. I shot under low light levels on purpose because that's where high ISO noise becomes problematic.

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dagoldst Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Sat 06-Apr-13 07:31 PM
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Little Rock, US
          

Brian,

That's cool that you did that comparision test.

On the DPReview and Imaging Resource images, they have deep shadow, poorly lit areas of the images that really reveal the ability of the two cameras under high ISO - that was where I saw THE biggest differences between the two - the D7100 has about a stop and a half more noise in the shadows than the D600 - I also notice that by ISO 800, the D7100 is showing noise even on well lit surfaces where the D600 has virtually none.

I'm not knocking the D7100, btw, I think it is a terrific camera.

David

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Toyse_Woody Registered since 20th Feb 2013Thu 11-Apr-13 10:35 AM
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Fort Worth, US
          

Here is my photo at 6400 ISO out of the D7100 with 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 1/500 using the 1/3 image size



Same Shot with some Lightroom Work and cropped



Same Shot with Lightroom work and downsized to 700px

  

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mirek21 Registered since 05th Mar 2013Thu 11-Apr-13 10:27 PM
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#7. "RE: D7100 vs D600 high ISO comparison"
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I have never used D7100, but looking at the pictures posted by others, the D600 (and the D700) I am using is definitely cleaner at pixel level. Downsampling helps to D7100 to mask that, but there is still a big difference.

On my D600 and D700, no matter what ISO I use my de-noise slider in RAW converter always stays at 0.

  

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