Within 24 h post-mortem, loin surfaces of Australian beef carcasses (n = 436) were evaluated using the Nix Pro Color Sensor™ (NIX). The potential for colorimetrics (L*, a*, b*, hue and chroma) to discriminate between dark cutting (DC) and non-dark cutting (nDC) carcasses was compared. For this purpose, a chroma threshold of 30.5 delivered maximum total sensitivity and specificity. The bolar blade, striploin and topside from a selection of DC and nDC carcasses were also removed, aged for 14 d and tested for shear force, drip loss, cooking loss, ultimate pH, colour change over 3 d display (ΔE), and sarcomere length. Association between chroma values and these quality traits were investigated by linear models. The hypothesis of zero slope was rejected (P < 0.05) for pH on striploin and topside, but the models had poor predictive ability (R2 = 0.23). The NIX was found to be a viable grading tool, with limited capacity to provide additional insights into beef quality.