D800 with 24MM FF CCD & No video !

Started Jan 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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D800 with 24MM FF CCD & No video !
Jan 29, 2012

wouldn't that be sweet ?


I cannot stand the colors from latest cmos sensors, especially for skin tones, they look like almond past, no matter which picture control or setting. I own 3 DSLR cameras : the Nikon D5100 (16MP cmos), D40X (10MP CCD, same as D200) and the canon T2i (18MP cmos). A friend lend me a D700, even if it carries a cmos sensor, the files look very nice with no color shift, but my 2 cmos APS cameras deliver very weird colors. No matter which setting, impossible to get proper results shooting jpeg, and really hard to recover in raw : Skins look like almond paste, sometimes they are unrecoverable.

I never had such an issue with my D40X : files could be over or underexposed by 1 stop, colors & details were always accurate and vibrant, in ANY situation.

The T2i is the worst out of the bunch. The D5100 delivers "ok" shots during a sunny day with blue skies, but greens and reds are always shifted. On higher iso settings, above 800 iso, heavy noise reduction is applied into the raw file, even with noise reduction settings off : NR artifacts show up with a 1x magnification, skin detail is lost & hair looks mushy. My D40X, while 1 stop noisier, will produce way better detail above 800 iso.

I really wish Nikon could go back to CCD, even if this dream may never come true due too cost reasons and partnership with Sony. Also a video compatible FF CCD sensor would cost a ton.

But they could produce a killer FF still camera, equaling or beating the Leica M9 (18mp ccd) which produces outstanding files.

Canon EOS 550D (EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4) Nikon D200 Nikon D40X Nikon D5100 Nikon D700 Nikon D800
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