Certified Test Results
Resolution: Excellent (1450Vx1600Hx1550D lines). Color accuracy: Excellent (Avg. Delta E: 7.14). Highlight/shadow detail: Very high. Contrast: Normal. Adjustable via menus. Noise: Extremely low at ISO 200 to 400, very low at ISO 800, and low at ISO 1600. Image quality: Excellent from ISO 200 to ISO 1600. AF speed: Best in its sub-$1,000 class. In very bright light (EV 12 to EV 7), Its extremely fast AF ranged from 0.43 to 0.49, outperforming the D70s and Rebel XT, but slightly slower than the Maxxum 7D. In moderately low light (EV 6 to EV 3), it's very fast at 0.52 to 0.63 sec. only outgunned by the original EOS Rebel. In very low light (EV 2 to EV 1), it's still very fast at 0.71 to 0.81 sec, but slightly slower than the EOS 20D. In extremely low light (EV 0 to -1) it still worked at 1.20 to 1.50 sec, matching the more expensive Maxxum 7D. Viewfinder: The viewfinder's 0.77X magnification gets a "Good" rating, but is less desirable than the Rebel XT's excellent (0.86X) rating. It shows 96% of the picture area, an excellent performance that is better than the 95% of the Rebel XT. The etched focusing screen (below) shows five selectable AF zones with sensitivity patterns (in red) identical to the D70, but there are no on-demand grid lines. The center zone covers the spotmeter area and is the only true cross sensor of the five. Info: www.nikon-usa.com; 800-645-6689.