febphoto: Sorry to say this for the Nikonians, but the Pentax 645D is performing better up to 1600 iso, but ok it is a camera costing 3 to 4 times as much as the Nikon. Time for some price cutting by Pentax, I think, let's say down to the price of the Nikon.Even Pentax K5 and then Canon 5DmkII are at the same level. Time for a price cut at Nikons too, I think. What's the 5DmkIII going to do in the test?The marketing speak of Nikon with the low resolution D700 was that it gave you better results, because of the bigger light sites on the sensor. Less noise at higher iso etc. Now they are the leaders of the pack, sporting a 36 MP sensor at a max iso of 25000. And there is a price rise to match the denser sensor. I am not convinced it makes you a better photographer, although the professional image they attached to it suggests you will be a better photographer, much more professional looking with the bigga lens and the bigga camera, everybody will say.
I'm replying to your comment that the Pentax is performing better than the D800 up to ISO 1600. We all know that much has to do about the person behind the camera.
The D800 is geared for those needing or wanting to print LARGE. Other than that, any of the more recent DLSR's will suffice. Just look at the native numbers at 240 ppi. That'll give a clue what they're thinking.
Not sure what you're looking at, but you're very wrong. Take a look at the spools of thread at the bottom of the test samples.D800 blows it away.
NoFunBen: The JPG images are great, the raw ones only average.What ever olympus is doing to process the JPG's may be the best in the industry. It takes the noise away from jpg's like only after market raw programs could do in the past.if you have any other 4/3 camera it is time up grade.
You're not the first person to say this. I've been a member here on DPReview for 12 years, and I recall the same discussion when Oly released their first decent digital. Phil Askey (he used to own this site), proved that we (as consumers) couldn't produce the same quality JPG from RAW, as OLY did "in camera"
Not sure why everyone's complaining about the price.
The Canon D30 was $3,300.00 USD in 1999.
Ask me how I know.
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