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

Started Jun 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Both at 12MP (D700 left alone, D800 downsampled)
In reply to Zlik, Jun 8, 2012

Zlik wrote:

If focus is the same on both shots (D700 and D800), then the softness we see in the D700 is a combination of:

  • looking at a bayer image at 100% (while the D800 image is scaled down, showing "real 12MP resolution")

  • details falling appart because of the higher ISO

Conclusion: The D800 is clearly much better at high ISO.

Imagine how much blur or noise reduction you can apply to the D800 image and still have more details than in the D700, resulting in a much cleaner image with a similar amount of details. That's the beauty of having 36 MP with a high QE.

Yes, and I have some tests with this image where I applied more NR and sharpening, and the images hold up better with more detail still.

I'm also starting to think that a valid methodology here with the D800 might be " leave the noise alone ", more often than not.

The D800 noise is fine-grained, and does not look bad after a straight downsample (IMO, YMMV.)

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