Wow! I was more than a little surprised to see that the Nikon D610 cleaned the floor with the Sony a7 II, at least according to the test numbers at DXOMark.
I had figured the Sony a7 II, being a newer camera than the Nikon D610, would’ve had an advantage somewhere, but not according to these numbers.
The D610 beats the Sony a7 II 25.1 to 24.9 for Portrait (Color Depth), 14.4 Evs to 13.6 Evs for Landscape (Dynamic Range), and, perhaps most significantly, 2925 ISO to 2449 ISO Sports (Low-Light ISO).
Now, admittedly, the Portrait (Color Depth) category is only 0.2 bits difference, and the Landscape (Dynamic Range) category is only 0.6 Evs difference, but it’s still a win for the D610, perhaps most significantly in the dynamic range where that’s over a half stop.
Most significant of all though, and perhaps most surprising, was the Sports (Low-Light ISO) defeat. I must admit that I expected the newer Sony a7 II to emerge victorious over the Nikon D610 here. I mean, it’s essentially a newer, more advanced version of the same Sony sensor in the a7II as in the D610, so one would be forgiven in thinking the a7 II would take that one, but no.
It’s a tip of the hat for Nikon that they keep managing to get more out of Sony’s own sensors than Sony does, and a bit of an embarrassment for Sony.
But what did you think of the test results?
Were you surprised?
And if so, what did you find the most surprising result?
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