Photographic Reach: Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3200

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Photographic Reach: Nikon D800 vs Nikon D3200
May 15, 2012

The topic of “photographic reach” is particularly interesting now that Nikon has introduced a 36mp full frame camera and a 24mp APS-C camera. So, which do you consider has the greater reach: the 36mp full frame Nikon D800, or the 24mp APS-C Nikon D3200?

My answer to this question is based on the relationships shown in the following web page, where the pixel sizes and pixel densities of the D800 and D3200 are compared.

In brief, if you take into account the different pixel densities of the D800 and D3200, and regard “photographic reach” in terms of “pixels on the duck”, because the linear pixel density of the D3200 is about 26% greater than that of the D800, it could be said that the D3200 has about 26% greater reach than the D800.

It’s interesting to note that, if the D800 had the same pixel density as the D3200, it would have approximately 58 megapixels!

If a lot of your photography involves cropping images of distant objects (such as birds in flight etc), perhaps the D3200 may be a better choice than the D800, do you agree?

However, I realise there are advantages and disadvantages of cropping images to gain extra reach, and these are discussed here:


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