Most photographers would take a quick look at the Dxo mark scores before making decision to buy a camera. So as I was also deciding on a new body and was favouring the full frame D600, I decided to compare the Dxo mark ratings of the D600 against the new DX champion the D7100 and it's predecessor the highly rates D7000. Here are the results:
Though the comparison with the D600 is not fair as it compares a full frame sensor to a DX sensor, the performance of the D600 against the DX bodies is revealing. Comparing the DX bodies, there is some improvement in the D7100 over its predecessor the D7000 but I wonder if it is enough to make the upgrade to the new body!
For DX shooters using the D80, D90, D5100, D3000, D200 etc, the D7100 seems a worthy upgrade but for someone using the D7000 it just appears marginal.
However, the bottom line is that the Dxo mark scores are not everything and is only one of the possible parameters on which a camera could be selected.
For myself I think the D600 is the way forward! Stay tuned to my hands on quick review of the D600 next week!
For more information on Dxo mark scores and ratings for other cameras do visit www.dxomark.com