D700 vs D800 direct image comparison (ISO 6400, cropped)

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D700 vs D800 direct image comparison (ISO 6400, cropped)
Jun 7, 2012

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This is just a quick comparison between my D700 and D800, ISO 6400, no NR or PP of any kind. Although this isn't a controlled test-chart experiment, it does illustrate exactly what I'm seeing in day-to-day shooting, so I thought it may be useful to others.

(I may try to show some other comparisons in this thread as time goes on, if folks are interested.)

The scene:

D700 50mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 6400

D800 50mm, f/4, 1/50s, ISO 6400

EV and WB look slightly different, despite the equal settings and processing, but the main thing I wanted to (hopefully) show was 1) noise is not obviously appreciably 'more' even at this magnification, and is finer-grained, and 2) detail differences, in letters, book illustration, page edges, currency.

The noise pattern in particular is impressive, to me - look at the noise above the $10 bill, where the page meets shadow - blotchy in D700, fine-grained and almost acceptable in D800. Notice how the crease of the book in that shadow is defined differently. The better, more realistic definition in the noise pattern in the D800 shot translates directly to a slightly more refined, 'real-looking' image when downsampled or printed. It also tends to hold up to NR a bit better.

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