November 10th, 2014
Simple question…well to my mind anyway. I’m presently taking pics with a Nikon D600, but after reading so many conflicting reports about the density of sensors (aka mega mega pixels vs an ok ….say D700…number) I am left wondering that for real estate photography would a D700 be just as good as the many mega pixel units of the last few years. The word on the street is that because of the pixel density packed on to the CCD sensor, there is a field of debate around the fact that the light gathering capabilities are thus compromised. Just before I buy a D750…any realtime on the street feedback would be sincerely appreciated?
Here’s my response to David: since I’m a Canon shooter I don’t have any first hand experience with the D600, D700 or the new D750 just announced a couple of months ago. But one of my go-to sources for questions like this is dxomark.com. They test lenses and bodies an allow you to compare key measures of image quality. One of the important measures for real estate photography is what is the dynamic range that the sensor record. Here is a dxomark.com comparison of the D600 to the D750 and the D810. What this comparison shows is:
- The dynamic range of the D750 and D810 is only very slightly better than the D600. A few tenths of an EV.
- The low light performance of the D750 and D810 are both slightly worse than the D600.
- Only the D810 has better color depth than the D600.
Given the dxomark comparison data, there doesn’t seem to be any compelling reason to upgrade from your two year old D600 to any of the new Nikon FX bodies for shooting real estate. The specs that are important for real estate are only slightly better. Does anyone out there have any hands on first hand advice for David?