D800 vs D800E RAW comparisson...

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JohnBee
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D800 vs D800E RAW comparisson...
Aug 25, 2012

I've been mulling over these camera's since they were announced and so I decided to conduct a little independent research to try and quantify just how significant the difference are between both units. Based on the reviews, it would seem as though the differences(though small) are justifiable. However... when I downloaded some RAW files and processed them in Raw Therapee, I found things to be rather different from what is typical being reported in the reviews:

candidate files:
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/nikon-d800/FULLRES/D800hSLI00100NR0.NEF
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/nikon-d800e/FULLRES/D800EhSLI00100.NEF

D800

D800E

D800

D800E

D800

D800E

D800

D800E

D800

D800E

D800

D800E

D800

D800E

In closing, I'd add that both files were processed in Raw Therapee with no special treatments beyond that of contrast sharpening and demosaic tweaks(per sensor). Though the D800 was sharpened to match the D800E. Whereas the D800E was sharpened just shy of showing halo's and/or artifacts.

That being said, it looks as though the D800E is slightly OOF in some areas of the scene. Whereas in other areas it seems fine. No clue what that's all about but every file seems to exhibit this behavior in some way or another.

Nikon D800 Nikon D800E
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