In bright outdoors, especially on beach and water, I often use between -.3 and -1.0 exposure compensation to avoid clipped highlight on all RGB channels. This reminds me of my D80, and is NOT a complaint as I am quite familiar with this process. Seems, like the D80, the matrix meter is biased to preserve shadow detail. YMMV
LOVE the sunrise/sunset IQ/DR and get wonderful coloration without noise at high ISO.
VERY pleased so far with D600, just wish focal points were more widely dispersed. I do a lot of focus and recompose. Noticed this again last night in low light wide angle shots of 5-6 people in a room. Narrow DOF due to large aperture and with 28-35mm on tripod it was hard to keep focus accurate.
The focus point issue has been subject of many other comments and I do not want to hi-jack your thread which is about WB/metering.
When i use Nikkor lenses i hardly need to move any sliders in PP, still do but its minute, but when im using my Tamron lens, i have to adjust. no big deal really, but it has been far more accurate than anything else i have had so far, so yes i agree.
Are you using a PC that boosts saturation or contrast? That can cause the JPG rear screen image to display clipping while the RAW file is well within the DR if the camera. The rear screen and Histogram are using the embedded JPG for its calculation of clipping so any aggressive PC's will show problems where there are none with the raw file. When I set my PC to Standard or Neutral, the display and clip indications are closer to what the metering says it is and the RAW file contains. Stan St Petersburg Russia
My experience has been that the revised auto white balance function of the D600, D800/D800e and D4 is better in more extreme light. That's provided you use the Normal setting. Keep Warm Colors seems to reasonable the older style white balance more, which left incandescent lighting awfully warm and fluorescent lighting very green. All three bodies have very good matrix metering in my opinion.
Thu 27-Dec-12 11:08 PM | edited Thu 27-Dec-12 11:11 PM by William Symonds
It's a fair point that the D600 gets it right more often than the earlier cameras, and though I personally prefer the results with Auto set to A3, I can see how many/most would be happier with the WB without alteration.
I didn't like "keep warm" as outdoor shots were still a little cold to my eyes (and this is a very personal thing), whilst the indoor shots were really too warm.
Just to be clear, I set all three cameras to the Normal setting, with an A1 bias, so I like slightly warmer results, too. I just don't like it to "give up" under incandescent and fluorescent lighting. If I'm out in sunny conditions, I tend to turn off auto white balance and use a daylight +A1 setting.
It's a bright sunny day here with lots of billowy clouds that are dark on the bottom and very white on top. The D600 isn't blowing out highlights like my D7000 did shooting the same scene with everything else being equal. I am very impressed.