D200 CCD v D300 CMOS ?

Started May 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: D200 CCD v D300 CMOS ?
In reply to Al93151, May 8, 2012

Al93151 wrote:

Got D200 - like colours etc. when using 100-200ISO - not so good after 400

Thinking of buying a D300 used - read about different sensor types but:

In use can anyone describe colours etc. would I be happy with D300 ?

Is the noise level acceptable at say 1000ISO - very useful !!!

In my experience, which reflects a lot of things I have read over the years (although there are some who disagree)... the D200 CCD (which I have in my D80) produces better colors, and better detail and clarity, compared to the CMOS sensors that are used now. At low ISOs of course, but that's mostly all I shoot.

Some will say there is no difference... because in Photoshop you can recreate this with the right processing... usually.

Others will say there is no difference because they paid a lot for their newer camera and can't accept things like this

The D300 will give you better results at ISO 1000 though, since you asked.

My D700 is CMOS and while I love many things about the FX sensor and the beautiful, clear, high quality enlarged images I get from it.... at low ISO, if not enlarging a whole lot, I will usually use my D80 solely for the better results I get.

The D300 is a very good camera, but if you can swing that AND keep the D200... you would probably be happiest.

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