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Just posted: Nikon D800 first impressions and 'real world' samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 22, 2012 at 19:41 GMT
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We've just got hold of Nikon's 36MP D800 full-frame DSLR and have been seeing what it's like to shoot with. We've shot it alongside the D3S to see exactly what effect trebling the pixel count has. In addition we look at the handling, its video shooting controls and how it behaves with vintage lenses. To put our studio samples in context we've also included a 40-image real-world samples gallery and a look at the camera's low-light performance. You may be surprised by the outcome.

Nikon D800 first impressions

There are 40 images in this review samples gallery - a mixture of default JPEGs and processed raw files. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

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aqcoco
By aqcoco (Jun 22, 2012)

This camera is very good, the price is very high in China. Very good。www.pixelhk.com/

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rollopickmoss
By rollopickmoss (Jun 11, 2012)

I am new to photography. I recently retired and having been spending my time taking pictures and entering my best in local art shows. They have been well received. My photos are abstract and I believe they have most impact as very large prints. I am interested in the Nikon d800, because I would like to make my photos as large as possible.
Considering the fact that I am a novice, and have no formal training, can anyone explain to me how large a print I could make from the Nikon d800....and.....Is it difficult to find printing companies who make huge prints....and....how much might it cost to make a huge print.

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jorgeysusa
By jorgeysusa (Apr 4, 2012)

Maybe some of the lucky owners of D800 (I'm still waiting mine) can solve a little doubt I have... How long does a 14-bit uncompressed NEF take to record (and green "writing" LED to extinguish) in a 400x CF card? I fear I'll have to buy a couple of Lexar 1000x new cards... Are you having troubles with writing speeds in real life photography?

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Alex birck
By Alex birck (Apr 4, 2012)

I Hold this camera (D800) in my hands and tried a lots of different set ups... I use exclusive for video, so I do not need 36Mb. My Impression about this camera was the better! ISO in 6000 no grain! =D ...Nikon was needing a camera like that. Audio output and input! Record in FX and DX (crop or vignette)... really amazing and competitive "against" 5D mar III.

Sorry my poor english. =S

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DRoca
By DRoca (Apr 2, 2012)

I think this cam is an ERROR, a marketing error, nobody expected 36Mb of raw files. You have to increase a lot your hard disk capacity and also procesor speed if you don't want to bore betweed rotation and rotation.
It's not possible to reduce the size of raw files, thought it is posible jpg sizes, this does not help much.
By now Canon 5D III has no rival in this way, thought Nikon will launch the D700x with video full HD features, and it's 21Mb sensor... this would be a dream, or a wish for those who have been waiting a long time and are deceived with that big raw sensor, market didn't expect that.

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GBNG
By GBNG (Apr 4, 2012)

I do not agree. What you are suggesting the 36MB sensor gives big raw files rendering the computer unaffordable. This is only a situation for the moment, not tomorrow (or even today). What do you expect the computer capacity one year (or 2 months) later? What kinds of cards, HDs, CPUs will be by the end of June 2012. i7 CPU comes not long and will be replaced soon by another completely new architecture. Please do not feel D800 is an error insofar as it is a wonderful camera taking a step to advance the photo quality of medium format pictures by a 135 camera.

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iSimba
By iSimba (Apr 6, 2012)

You are wrong. Do a google search for "amazon top 100 electronics", you will see what camera is best selling in Amazon, or go to eBay and search for "Nikon D800", which is selling at $4,000 for those who don't want to wait.

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copajaus
By copajaus (Apr 7, 2012)

Yep, 36Mp is definitely a serious appeal to most people. It's just evolution; in 10 years it will go over 50Mp or more... just look at the evolution since end 90's...!
It's just a computer in constant evolution, it doesn't need to make sense, it's just happening. Saying you don't need many pixels is futile. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy anything.
The D800 is to my view the most serious piece of gear put on a market by Nikon in a long time. It comes with initial issues which certainly will be addressed with new firmware updates.
But overall, it's a step ahead in what I think is the inevitable direction... and I am a Canon man...!!!

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Gregor Pogschnik
By Gregor Pogschnik (Apr 9, 2012)

if you have the money for a d800, the processing power should be no problem. for 1k € i will build you a pc EASILY capable of working with 36mp raws.

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aerorail
By aerorail (Mar 29, 2012)

and no one else will EVER notice any difference in photos between the 2

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BitFarmer
By BitFarmer (Mar 28, 2012)

Barney, did you noticed if the new D800 address the long term issue of blowing red channels on nikon bodies?

On my old D70 and my actual D300s cameras seems to adjust metering so that the general luminosity histogram -the white one- doesn't burn (accumulate a peak on the brightest side), but it seems not to care about the red channel being way burned, so you easily end up with a burned red channel -even on the skin tones- when the light is a little reddish, like in a sunset portrait. On that cases, you need to remember to teawk it down to -1EV or so not to burn reds, something you can't revert on pp btw.

Does D800 still clearly burn red channel if the overal luminance keeps in shape?

This is the most annoying fault on nikon cameras for me, as this should be basic metering strategy -on my oppinion- and is not so difficult to code, but it isn't like this on a camera aimed to basically meter light accurately.

Any other nikon boy feels like me?

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Quantum3
By Quantum3 (Apr 3, 2012)

Glad to hear someone complaining about the red channel ;) If you have not clipped that channel so much, you can recover nice data from the red channel by lowering the luminosity of reds in LR.

Hope that helps :)

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 28, 2012)

I was wondering why the score for a dynamic range done by dxomark is different from dpreview, for example nikon d700 dxomark came up with 12.2 ev for its dynamic range and dpreview come up with only 7ev at base iso 100. I dont understand, can anyone explain why? cuz personally, I dont believe nikon d800 has a dynamic range of 14 ev.

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cesaregal
By cesaregal (Mar 28, 2012)

DxO "Screen" Dynamic Range:
at 200 ISO: D700 11,8 EV D800 12,2 EV
at 800 ISO: D700 10,9 EV D800 10,5 EV

DxO "Print" Dynamic Range:
at 200 ISO: D700 12,0 EV D800 13,3 EV
at 800 ISO: D700 11,2 EV D800 11,6 EV

Good D800, good D700.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 28, 2012)

thanks a lot cesaregal..:)
Seems that there is a discrepancies between the testing done by dpreview and dxo, I dont know which one is the correct one.. cuz when i compare the d700 and 5d mark II according to the test conducted by dpreview, 5d clearly has a wider dynamic range than d700... welllll confusing, heheheheheh its not like an automotive test, every site... comes up with approximately the same number...

Anybody at dpreview can help me address this issue?.

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mantra
By mantra (Mar 28, 2012)

by the way , for dxo the legendary d40x (300€) scores better then my 5d mark 2

never understood
i trusts of digital review ;)

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 27, 2012)

The portrait of Zooey Deschanel (sorry, I just think it's nuts how similar they look) with the 105 2.8 AIS is just a lovely portrait.

I lost an auction for that lens the other day. I keep coming across your image, and lamenting my loss. No but seriously, it's one of the great MF portrait lenses and your image is a wonderful example from that lens. Nice work.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 28, 2012)

Thanks, glad you like it :)

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Samuli N
By Samuli N (Mar 26, 2012)

for the curiosity of it, compare sony nex 5n and d800 raw @ISO1600
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex5n/14
look at the colour palette pixel level noise characteristics for instance

interesting, considering the very high difference is dxo-mark ISO score.

adding nikon d4 @ISO 3200 and sony nex 7 @ISO 800 to the same comparison
increases the puzzlement

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danWax
By danWax (Mar 26, 2012)

Looking a the EXIF data the Sony was shot at F/8 with a 50mmF1.4 lens. Who uses that with a NEX-5N??? Its probably a nice Alpha lens with that adapter. It is an optimal setting that most folks will not see when they use that camera.

The D800 was shot with a nice lens but at F/11. Diffraction has set in. Diffraction will be much more of an issue with D800's higher pixel count. I'd like them to reshoot the d800 at F8 or F5.6 and see the differences.

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probert500
By probert500 (Mar 26, 2012)

At f11 there would be minor diffraction but the perception of diffraction decreases with the larger sensor and I don't think pixel count plays much of a role.

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Petka
By Petka (Mar 29, 2012)

Pixel count does not play a role with diffraction (lens does not know where the image falls), but if the pixel count/sensor resolution is higher than what diffraction allows to resolve, the excess sensor accuracy goes to waste.

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Vegasus
By Vegasus (Mar 26, 2012)

I just wanna say that, this new product is not easy to get one.. must wait for 1 to 3 months... it is so annoying.. . I have to wait 2 months for my 7D, yet the price a bit high at the time, now is like at least $400 cheaper. So annoying.Perhaps i should wait for a year 'til the price drop 10 to 20% at least.

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X Faktor Photo
By X Faktor Photo (Mar 26, 2012)

Love the 7D

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wasserball
By wasserball (Mar 27, 2012)

If you wait long enough, it may be free. Are you buying it to show off or you need it? If so, buy it and forget the cost of the camera.

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Johnson Taiwan
By Johnson Taiwan (Mar 25, 2012)

http://www.eoshd.com/content/7590/first-truly-representative-nikon-d800-video-footage-dxomark-says-sensor-is-best-ever?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EOSHD+%28EOSHD.com%29#c2

Nikon D800 film.

http://vimeo.com/38912704

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Reno-Marco
By Reno-Marco (Mar 25, 2012)

En français : Y'a pas photo !!
Great camera, i'm waiting for the 800e to make my final choice, but for the moment Nikon or Canon, no hesitation :) Great sharp camera, a bit expensive but great !!

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probert500
By probert500 (Mar 26, 2012)

For what you get it is the bargain of the century. It may kill the medium format market.

1 upvote
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 25, 2012)

nice review by Kai

http://www.digitalrev.com/article/nikon-d800-hands-on-review/MTMzMTg5MzM_A

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jadot
By jadot (Mar 25, 2012)

It's astonishing how many people here are making judgements on Which the better camera might be, Nikon or Canon?

They are most likely incredible tools for people with Nikon or Canon lenses. One may be better in some areas, the other may be better in others. If you've got Nikon glass buy the D800. If you've got Canon glass, buy the 5D3.

All the talk here of switching brands is hilarious.

As a generalisation you can pretty much guarantee that you will NOT care about very slight differences in AF, Noise rendering, Mega Pixels between brands as much as you won't be able to justify spending a massive amount of money on new lenses, speed lights (sic), batteries, and more lenses for your new adopted "better" system.

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Petka
By Petka (Mar 25, 2012)

As a staff pro I need not worry too much about prices, but changing brands is a major move. I have been shooting with Canon EOS-1D series since -02, latest with 5DII and 1DII as spare. It looks to me (and my boss) that Nikon is now pulling ahead, and since they have a good deals for the Olympics I am now making the switch (D4 and D800e with 4 fastest zooms from 14 to 400mm to start with). This decision was done, we think at least, rationally, based on the features and the prices of the newest offerings form both companies. That said, I would have been happy to continue shooting with 5DIII and D1X also. The differences are marginal.

Fanboy thing is amateurish, these things are tools, which we like for practical reasons and because we get used to the ergonomics and user interfaces. If seems that many of the most fanatic fans on both camps do not even know too much about photography and digital technology. At least they have no everyday use experience of these top of the line cameras.

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spokelse
By spokelse (Mar 25, 2012)

that seems about right, for pros, one has specific needs and likes that actually matter through the course of a shooting day. But a lot of the speculation and talk here is not from pros, just gear head wannabe's that substitute gear fetishism for actually doing photography. My god, these two cameras are simply astonishing, I use to think my canon ae-1 was astonishing when I was but a wee lad. Got some pretty good results from most cameras I used as did a few other photographers I've seen

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francoita
By francoita (Mar 25, 2012)

You are abosolutely right !

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hansgu
By hansgu (Mar 26, 2012)

Absolutely right! This peeing contest is getting rather boring. If you are a good photographer it does not matter what kind of camera you use. If your are not, it does not matter either! It is simple as that. I use Nikon because I like Nikon but not because I dislike Canon. However, I have never been able to tell with what kind of camera a photo I like is taken!

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X Faktor Photo
By X Faktor Photo (Mar 26, 2012)

"If you've got Nikon glass buy the D800. If you've got Canon glass, buy the 5D3."
...'and if you are a normal person who doesn't jump at every opportunity to buy new gear on day 1, stick with the camera you have because you're just. that. good., and you can make anything work.'

Since the artist's masterpiece is not made by his gear, but by the artist himself.
Challenge yourself to squeeze the last drop out of that camera you have.

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probert500
By probert500 (Mar 26, 2012)

I think the people at Canon are sh*tting bricks. The Nikon really ups the game. If they're going to give me bunches of juicy pixels with a 95 dxo score sensor for $500.00 less than the canon - I think the decent thing to say is : "Thank you."

To be able to make a clean 40" print - that's heartwarming.

It's lovely to say that gear doesn't matter if you're good - but it does and Nikon has really put it all together here. The original 5d changed the game - full frame for the masses - the nikon is just an inch short of medium format for the masses. Canon played it too cool and they're going to be burned - lower specs for more money - not good.

I'll hang on to my 5dmk2 for a while but - fortunately I've been using it with a lot of nikon glass so the switch will not be painful. Thank you.

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yvlovejoy
By yvlovejoy (Apr 1, 2012)

I come across those posts and I am really amazed. Where are you from, people? This is becoming ridiculous.
How on earth you would get a good picture if the camera does not focus properly. I have 50d and L-lense. It does NOT focus in low light conditions. If pros like you would've be less in creative mantra and would share the information when I was looking for it instead of "you can take picture with any camera" bla bla bla, I would not end up spending money on something that doesn't work. Job has to be done. If I need fast focus and 6 fps, there is no way I can get the same picture with manual focus and one frame. NO WAY. I can take another picture, but this is something else. No light - ISO gives noise. No way you can manage it without light sensible sensor. WHAT are you talking about? Really. Yes you can adjust for the tool, but you can't do what you want if the tool doesn't do it. You are loosing the common sense with claims "every camera will work".
Not for everything you need!

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Milimike
By Milimike (Mar 25, 2012)

Those D800 samples, to my eye, seems really great ( colors, resolution, DR ). I have a 5DMKIII on pre-order, shipping on April 2nd and I have no EF lenses. There is some review sites that are bashing at the new 5D, even in video mode ( eoshd.com ). The MKIII samples seems duller and a bit softer ( Is it the lens? ), and I am afraid of cancelling the pre-order and not getting either camera when I arrive in USA on May 1st. Do you guys think they will have both cameras in stock a month from now?

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ezyernie
By ezyernie (Mar 25, 2012)

I heard what you heard. the MKIII is the way to go. it has a feature the 5D doesn't have.

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PhotonBurst
By PhotonBurst (Mar 26, 2012)

I have a D800 on pre-order and was told friday (23 feb) that it would still be 2-4 weeks before the camera ships. I wasn't the first in line and the store I ordered from is not the biggest, even so, I suspect supply will be tight into May.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Mar 24, 2012)

can someone explain why the D4 sensor is worse then the D800 in the DXO score?

i mean ok resolution is clear.

but the D800 is better in DR and color depth scores too.
and the D4 is not so much better in low iso score.

im puzzled.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Mar 24, 2012)

not sure either, think this may be it
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex7/22

"The inevitable conclusion from this is that, if you compare images as a whole rather than at the pixel level, the NEX-7's low light, high ISO performance is essentially a match for the NEX-5N's. So overall the increased pixel count delivers potentially more detail at low ISO, without any obvious negative impact on high ISO image quality."

which is also in line with DXO's ISO score for both cams

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Mar 24, 2012)

detail... ok.

but why better DR and color scores?
i would understand equal.... but it´s better.

i don´t know much about nikon/sony sensors.
but i would expect that the D4 sensor scores equal or better in DR and color scores .. but not worse.

it´s the same sensor generation or not?

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Mar 24, 2012)

and keep in mind the DxOMark sensor score is "normalized" to compensate for differences in sensor resolution.

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sdyzpjt
By sdyzpjt (Mar 24, 2012)

- i would expect that the D4 sensor scores equal or better in DR and color scores .. but not worse.

NOT necessarily.
For the dynamic range, the key variable is the shadow noise at base ISO.
As can be seen in the review of D7000/K5/NEX5N, the new-generation cmos developed by Sony has extermely low shadow noise level at ISO100.
D800 sensor proved to be a great success from this perspective. Just download the ISO100 sample RAW file, use ACR to adjust exposure to +4EV, and look at the darkest area of the scene, the result is incredible.
I speculate that the D4 sensor is developed with a different philosophy: lowest noise across the whole ISO range. It might not beat D800 in turns of shadow noise at base ISO, but is definitely the king of low-light.

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cesaregal
By cesaregal (Mar 24, 2012)

DxO measurements "Print":
From 300 ISO to 25.600 ISO D4 have better DR than D800.

DxO measurements "Screen":
From 200 ISO to 25.600 ISO D4 have better DR than D800.

D800 has better DR than D4 only at 100 ISO.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 25, 2012)

The D4 sensor is designed to work at High ISOs. It is the reason the DR on the D4 is higher than the D800 at higher ISOs.

The final DR score is the highest a sensor could possibly get.

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probert500
By probert500 (Mar 26, 2012)

The d4 is a rugged fast shooting camera -if you're lucky it will stop a bullet - that's what you're paying for. It's a focused tool for a specific need. It's not so much about the sensor.

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balico
By balico (Mar 24, 2012)

Would be nice to have the iso/speed/aperture in the description under the image instead of the image numbers!

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 26, 2012)

There's a problem with the system which populates this data - some images seem to have shooting information in there, and some don't. Sorry about this, I'll work on it now.

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rusticus
By rusticus (Mar 24, 2012)

I will not buy the D800
I keep my K-5

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Ratings/(type)/usecase_landscape

;)

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 24, 2012)

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/News/DxOMark-news/The-Nikon-D800-is-the-new-king-of-DxOMark-with-a-score-of-95

DXO just made this camera king.

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llopart
By llopart (Mar 24, 2012)

Yes they also said the the D800 will score the 3rd best camera out there to use for sports... Of course they are saying it from the iso perspective...
I guess we will see tons of them in the next olympics....

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gsum
By gsum (Mar 24, 2012)

I see Jessops have put the price of the D800 (not D800E) to £2599. Are they trying to commit retail suicide?

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Dvlee
By Dvlee (Mar 24, 2012)

Isn't that in violation of Nikons Pro Pricing policy?

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Russell McMahon
By Russell McMahon (Mar 24, 2012)

ISOs seem to all be relatively low or rather high. A few more shots in ISO ranges where quality is beginning to drop but reasonable quality out of camera material might be hoped for. Say ISO 3200 - 12,800 range.

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Petka
By Petka (Mar 24, 2012)

A list of Nikon "approved" lenses for D800, and a list of "must-dos" if you actually want to get 36MPix out of your new toy: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/nikon_d800_or_d800e.shtml

Scroll about 2/3 down.

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shakabra
By shakabra (Mar 24, 2012)

One thing that I never ever understand in these camera reviews.....is that no one ever talks about PRINTING. I mean, you don't even need more than a 1 megapixel camera if all you do is post photos on the internet. All this tech talk and stupid arguing... and not one mention of the final output: THE PHOTOGRAPH!!! 10 years ago, no one ever argued about which film or chemicals were superior. Now look at you. You are all tech geeks yet you have all lost sight of what photography is all about. the D800 has 36 megapixels and not one mention of what the prints look like.

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funnelwebmaster
By funnelwebmaster (Mar 24, 2012)

shakabra SPEAKS TRUTH.

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pigelmann
By pigelmann (Mar 24, 2012)

The time has come to view 36 megapixel images on iPad's retina display, zoom them back and forth and grieve for millimetre-long focus errors.

6 upvotes
Michael She
By Michael She (Mar 24, 2012)

Seems like printing is still one of the weak areas of digital photography, at least printing in the home. I have yet to find a reasonable inkjet that won't clog on me after a year or two of service.

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attomole
By attomole (Mar 24, 2012)

Kodak Trix pan, rated at 300ASA developed in Rodinal diluted 1/50 for 12 min. Printed on Agfa record Rapid.

We argued, but there wasn't the internet to fuel the debate, we just did our own thing

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Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Mar 24, 2012)

I ran that exact combo many years ago and loved it. And, there's nothing like Tri-X rated at 160, developed in Pyro, and printed on Dupont Velour Black. Incredible tonality.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Mar 24, 2012)

DXO is actualy a print benchmark.

"Apart from the fact that DxOMark Sensor only covers image quality, it is important to realize that
The DxOMark Sensor score does not directly reward sensors that have above-average resolutions.
Instead, the score is a measure for achievable print quality for typical use cases where print quality is not limited by sensor resolution."

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Dvlee
By Dvlee (Mar 24, 2012)

No one argued about which film or chemicals were superior? Then I guess you weren't really there.

The quality of images were more dependent upon the differences between film, chemical and papers than it was the cameras and lenses themselves. And anyone who wants to dispute me hasn't seen the images I shot on Technical Pan film processed in my own formulation of POTA (phenidone based) developer. The fine grain, sharpness and tonal range of images shot on a lowly Olympus OM1 produced prints of superior quality to images shot on conventional film on more expensive Nikons and Leicas.. The superior qualities of the film/chemical combination far outweighed the quality of the camera.

I was online arguing about film and chemicals before digital photography took hold. We argued alot.

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JasonReplica
By JasonReplica (Mar 25, 2012)

Just to fill in the gap here...

As a Nikon shooter and someone who prints professionally for other photographers on a daily basis, I was absolutely astounded what the test files from Nikon printed like.

The D800 gives an images that is just over A1 at 210ppi.
Printed on an Epson 7880 on gloss media the amount of detail this actually shows IN PRINT is amazing.

Looking at the images on screen can tell a fair bit about a camera's capability but once you get the chance to actually print the images the game changes completely.

Long live print! :)

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BJN
By BJN (Apr 8, 2012)

If the images look great, the prints can look great. That's not a camera issue, it's a printing workflow issue. Even how large you can print and have the print look good depends on how close you need the viewing distance to be for detail inspection.

But put this into perspective. 34 megapixels gives you an image that's twice as tall and wide as you would get from an 8.5 megapixel camera. Doubling image dimensions requires 4X the pixels. Technique and subject matter are at least as important to print quality as megapixel count. There are thousands of variables by the time you get to printed output, so there's little point in making that a camera review item.

And the "photograph" isn't the print unless that's your desired product.

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dizzysann
By dizzysann (Mar 24, 2012)

Why I do not see more ISO 50 studio shots??
This was the purpose of this camera! Not studio shots at ISO 800/1600!?

Are you afraid that Canon will start looking like a joke?

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llopart
By llopart (Mar 24, 2012)

Why would Canon look like a joke? And why would they care?

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 24, 2012)

I'm pretty sure ISO 50 is one of the expanded ISO settings like HI1, or HI2. ISO 100 is the base ISO, and therefore the best.

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 24, 2012)

better than MF cam IQ180, which cost $48k for the back ONLY! WOWOWWEEE

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Publications/DxOMark-Reviews/Nikon-D800-Review/Sensor-performance

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

Sorry to ask, but have you ever really handled both camera especially phaseone iq180??? and use it yourself? and take a look at the image it produces????? or are you just some dude, who only sits down in front of the computer and making judgement on camera capabilities based on dxo or some numb nuts scores??? and never even use any camera in your life. yeah maybe some dx0 dude say d800 has one of the best sensor,it is not that I am against Nikon, i like Nikon D800 and yes I am placing order, myself. but c'mon dude take a look at the real final image and see for yourself, not just some test done by some dude at dxo, if you tell me that d800 image has a better iq than phaseone iq180 then I guess you need to go to the nearest ophthalmologist there is in your town..... its funny to read on how people comment these days. Since yes, I have tried phaseone iq180, which is not mine, I would say, given that I have extra money to spend on that camera, I would, the image it produces?? AMAZING!!!

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4 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Mar 24, 2012)

define better

2 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Mar 26, 2012)

In price, yes. Image quality? Serious? I have only used old PhaseOne digital backs during the 1Ds MkIII era and the digiback is way better.MF > 35mm "FF"

0 upvotes
Petka
By Petka (Mar 26, 2012)

If the pixel density is the same, MF sensor wins in resolution. If the pixel count is the same, MF sensor wins on higher sensitivity (at least technically possible) and better diffraction limit; you can shoot with smaller apertures. There is no replacement for square inches!

What is true is that small sensors in point-and-shoot cameras are as good or better than first FF sensors (and 35mm film), while new FF sensors are better than early MF sensors and equal or better 6x7cm slide. But at the same time MF size sensors have become better than 8x10" film... So absolute quality still follows the sensor size.

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KTSFotos
By KTSFotos (Mar 24, 2012)

Nikon D800 X Canon 5D MKIII
This was done only for the curiosity of those who like to compare cameras.

The sample images were taken from Imaging-Resource.

I compared the photos at ISO 50, 400, 3200, 6400, 25600 and 102400.
Some pictures were edited in photoshop and reduced in size to compare with the canon picture size, to see the IQ.
I pointed out details that are important to me. In the case for me, high ISO is totally useless, since I never took pictures more than ISO3200. Any form of noise that is not possible to remove in photoshop for me is useless.
All the image processing was done over the Nikon and Canon at the same time in the same software. The opinion may differ from one person to another, however, the comparisons are there.
Enjoy!

https://picasaweb.google.com/104343264324531368264/NikonD800XCanon5DMKIII

2 upvotes
Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (Mar 24, 2012)

Did you use RAW files? Don't?

Thank u so much, but I'd rather wait a comparison much more accurate.

1 upvote
KTSFotos
By KTSFotos (Mar 24, 2012)

I said that was accurate?
I said I used RAW?
I know what I am doing, more than you think!
And another ...
Just because there is RAW, It's very very hard the Canon or Nikon, make a crap image result in a jpg format, just because there is RAW. I think the both will do to show the best, even in jpg convertion. So, if there is the jpg result, the comparison is very close, ok? It's easy to put blame in jpg.

1 upvote
ARTASHES
By ARTASHES (Mar 24, 2012)

KTSFotos
You didn't but you said "to compare cameras" instead of "to compare the camera's JPEG"

1 upvote
KTSFotos
By KTSFotos (Mar 24, 2012)

True, thanks for correcting my mistake!

0 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Mar 24, 2012)

actually it's confusing sometime, it's hard to figure out people are talking about JPEG or RAW

0 upvotes
Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (Mar 25, 2012)

Man (KTPhotos), I´ve said "Thank u so much", sorry if I´d rather wait something else instead the work I am unable to think you did. Be happy, :)

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Mar 23, 2012)

The low light pix were just okay but the outdoor shots were quite nice on my calibrated UltraSharp U2711.

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

People critical of these samples must not be downloading them because web-size samples don't do the photographs justice. I downloaded all the portraits, the shallow DOF of Zooey D, and the gentleman, and on my MacBook full-screen they look absolutely stunning. Clean as a baby's bottom with beautiful Nikon colors.

Kudos DPR. The photographic community thanks you and I thank you.

2 upvotes
Joshlovesphotos
By Joshlovesphotos (Mar 23, 2012)

Sorry Marike6. I disagree. There is so much more noise in these photos at high iso than in the D3s that it's almost unbearable for me.

1 upvote
d3xmeister
By d3xmeister (Mar 23, 2012)

I agree with marike6, photos look stunning up to including ISO 6400 on my 24 inch IPS monitor. Fantastic quality.

1 upvote
AshMills
By AshMills (Mar 23, 2012)

Josh, are you looking at RAW and downrezzing to 12MP?

0 upvotes
Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Mar 24, 2012)

I've had my d800 for about a day now and all around a pretty amazing camera... Iso performance is much better then what you'd expect (i shoot raw without noise reduction). I've also owned a d3s and you just get unbelievable resolution and better camera size over speed and superb iso performance...

2 upvotes
An Bly
By An Bly (Mar 23, 2012)

Realmente há com cada cromo...qual deles o melhor!Quem não sabe o que aqui se escreve que se dane!!!Palhaçada atrás de palhaçada!!!Uso a minha de 2008 e estou satisfeito mas vejo que aqui estão acima de tudo fanático obcecados por aquilo que não interessa, ou seja, levam o carro todos os dias até mesmo, mesmo a porta do café!!!

1 upvote
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 23, 2012)

I just checked the photos of the Canon 5D markIII and I consider these examples to be superior to the ones of the Canon. As usual these examples really don't say much about the capabilities of either camera and to say just by looking at these examples that a cam has this or that is ignorant

0 upvotes
birdbrain
By birdbrain (Mar 25, 2012)

Funny I thought the 5D3 looked better, hey ho. I think most of the time people see what they want to see.

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NeekonOwnerer
By NeekonOwnerer (Mar 23, 2012)

A lot of you are complaining about the low light performance and saying it is horrible. I really do not get it. There are only 3 photos with high ISO excluding the ridiculous 25K ISO shots. Really? That is all it takes to convince you that the D800 has awful low light capabilities? This photo looks pretty good to me.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/1829285/dsc_0381-acrprocessed?inalbum=nikon-d800-preview-samples

and the one at 3200 with the cups looks good too. So the one photo of the record that is a bit noisy (not really that bad either)

These photos looks comparable if not, slightly better than my D700... oh and at 24MP more.

Stop complaining. If you "NEED" better ISO performance then buy a D4 or keep whatever you have. I would rather see the D800 in the hands of someone that knows its abilities and uses them to their advantage.

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llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

I am not saying the pictures are horrible. They are ok, but why so few pictures in low light? and again are those the best ones they took to be posted? Wish there were more pictures in low light to appreciate the camera capabilities in these conditions...

2 upvotes
NeekonOwnerer
By NeekonOwnerer (Mar 23, 2012)

/agreed these images are not the best examples of the camera's ability.

0 upvotes
wil13jak
By wil13jak (Mar 23, 2012)

Just found out mine arrives Tuesday. :)))0

1 upvote
wil13jak
By wil13jak (Mar 23, 2012)

Just found out mine will arrive Tuesday

1 upvote
titoburritotaco
By titoburritotaco (Mar 23, 2012)

Was at Bestbuy this morning... had D800 in my hands...then iPhone buzzes... My Amazon.com pre-order processed and shipped as i was checking out.
Canceled my Bestbuy buy..... :(
have to wait until Monday for the brown truck to arrive..
3 more days

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Julian
By Julian (Mar 23, 2012)

The auto white balance still needs a bit of work I see... especially in the bar shots.

0 upvotes
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 23, 2012)

Those shots you mention are just horrible photos . They really don't say anything about anything . I really don't know why DPreview puts up such horrible shots as representative of what a camera can do . All they say is how bad the photographer was while taking this shot.

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

@ Mannypr - get some manners and develop your critical faculties a little before spouting off on a public forum.

And @ Julian - the light in this bar was very very very low, and almost exclusively provided by red/orange bulbs. The AWB actually did a pretty good job, in my opinion.

8 upvotes
TheD70Kid
By TheD70Kid (Mar 23, 2012)

@Mannypr - Contrary to your humble opinion, I appreciate real world samples like the ones posted. If you want to see samples in perfect lighting of doll hair and wine bottles, you know where to look. Most people don't take pictures of trinkets and objects under immaculate lighting, much as we'd love to. Thanks for the bar shot, Barney. Compared to my D300, which can't even shoot at that high of an ISO, I am quite pleased!

4 upvotes
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 24, 2012)

To Barney , I have read what I wrote and I don't see anything ofensive or disrespectful . I just said that to me that particular photographs is not a very good representation of what this camera can do . Apart from this I would like to say that real world samples are the way to go in order to see what a cam can do . Photos in a controlled studio can say something but not all and especially not what the camera can do out in the field. Sorry guys if you felt offended by what I wrote but personally I don't see anything that could indicate bad manners as Barney says I have .

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Dan
By Dan (Mar 24, 2012)

Mannypr, what you said could definitely have been construed as disrepectful. You dissed DPR AND the photographer. It would have been more constructive to comment only on the photo. Words like "horrible" and "bad" do not tell us a lot. Use more specific, descriptive technical terms. Also, it's obvious someone was offended, so if you're really interested in making amends, you should stop before you say "but." You might say something like, "It was not my intention to offend."

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frankweir
By frankweir (Mar 24, 2012)

@mannypr saying a photographer is "bad" in a public forum and you don't think that is disrespectful? I don't understand how you can't see that. I bet you would never have said such a thing to someone in person. That's a major problem with the internet. We dash things off without thinking about the effect of our words.

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 24, 2012)

Lets put it this way, it really wasn't my intention to be disrepectul to anyone . I'm not the type to offend anyone with what I say or write so that being as it is I'm sorry . I've been a member of this forum for 3 years and never have had a problem . Well , what can I say, my bad . Everything was written in a constructive way but it seems the words I picked really did not transmit this . Instead of bad and horrible I should have used out of focus and white balance way off . Having been a member for 3 years has shown me the high professionalism of dpreview and seeing this photo really made me react to what I believe was not a good example . Take care guys.

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 24, 2012)

Frankweir . Thats right . Errors exist in order to perfect , if we look at them with the correct atitude .

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fastprime
By fastprime (Mar 23, 2012)

I think these sample pictures are a good cross-representation of different everyday lighting situations.

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didedes
By didedes (Mar 23, 2012)

Dxo mark labs rates Nikon D800 in there top of there list wiht score 95!!!!!!!
it mast be a hell of a camera

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 23, 2012)

Even though specs say something they don't always correlate with what we see .

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 24, 2012)

Especially when watching through your branded specs.

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cesaregal
By cesaregal (Mar 23, 2012)

I hope DPReview in the final deep review give us samples taken with best primes as Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 G. Same samples with D800 and D700. Possible?

1 upvote
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 23, 2012)

daylight shooting

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/03/24/nikon-d800-review-update-daylight-shooting/

0 upvotes
sfordfoto
By sfordfoto (Mar 23, 2012)

D800 noise is the same as that found on older generation cameras

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

yes it is. On a sensor vs sensor basis it is no better than the D7000 - which is hardly surprising as it's basically the same photosites as used on the D7000 anyway.
Having said that, there is a mrginal improvement.
As against the current (or not) Nikon Cameras the LLP is D3S>D4>D700>D800>D7000 as per visual viewing of the DPR samples presnted on this site at ISO 6400

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

@Anthony John Why do you keep saying things that are simply false?

From DXO Mark Numbers from Tested Cameras - I didn't put the overall score, but the D800 scored best for all cameras with a 95 overall score, and next the D4 with an 89 overall score.
---------------

Nikon D800
2835 ISO
25.3 bits Color Depth
14.4 EVs DR

Nikon D4
2965 ISO
13.1 EVs DR
24.7 bits Color Depth

Nikon D3s
3253 ISO
12 EVs DR
23.5 bits Color Depth

Nikon D700
2303 ISO
12.2 EVs DR
23.5 bits Color Depth

Nikon D7000
1167 ISO score
13.9 EVs DR score
23.5 bits Color Depth

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AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 23, 2012)

Typical comments without any substance. The D800 is one of the best FF cameras ever made and the D7000 is simply not in the same league.

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Mar 23, 2012)

Nikon in it's literature say that the noise performance is about the same as the D700 . What really should be taken into consideration is the fact that we get the noise performance of the D700 with 36 MP . Now that really is great.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 24, 2012)

@marike6,
If you persist:

@6400 ISO, screen mode:
Measurement D800 D7000 D700
S/N (dB) 20 20 22
D/R (eV) 7.5 7.1 7.6
T/R (Bits) 5.4 5.3 5.9
C/S (Bits) 13.2 12.8 15.0

So now let's look at the comparison with the D90 @ 3200 ISO in screen mode:
Measurement D800 D90
S/N (dB) 21.5 21.5
D/R (eV) 8.4 8.8
T/R (Bits) 6.0 6.0
C/S (Bits) 14.5 15.2

Figures quoted are as accurate as interpolation allows on the DXO graphs provided.

1) There are marginal improvements in the D800 sensor over the D7000 sensor
2) The D700 has superior measurements at all ISO over 300.
3) Below ISO 300, the D700 has superior measurements except for D/R
4) @ ISO 3200 the D90 has the same or better measurements.

The evidence is there so now just drop it OK?

1 upvote
Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Mar 24, 2012)

I'm in agreement with anhund... The d7000 is a solid camera but just don't hold up a full frame...

0 upvotes
jorgeysusa
By jorgeysusa (Mar 23, 2012)

According to many of the comments, if I use D800 handheld with average Nikkor lenses (that's what I mostly have) and no VR I'll get no visible focus point. Really?
Shall I not be able to get at least same focus as I get in my D200? Are Nikon engineers so stupid? Come on, boys! I know D800 won't make a better photographer out of me the moment I buy it, but my pix won't be worse either. That's simply absurd.

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AnHund
By AnHund (Mar 23, 2012)

First of all who would use an average lens on this camera? And what do yo think about the visible focus points using any of the Nikon lenses. Do you really think there will be any difference between d700 and d800. The answer is a big NO!

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jorgeysusa
By jorgeysusa (Mar 24, 2012)

That's the point. All I'm saying is that, given the same lenses and the same photographer, the big resolution of D800 sensor CANNOT be a problem, it's a bonus! If you do decent photos with D200 or D700, it's not serious to think that you'll do worse with D800.

Do I realy need a D800? Isn'it wiser to buy D700 and spend the difference in an extra lens? Well, that's another question, with different answers.

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Sonnyphoto
By Sonnyphoto (Mar 24, 2012)

I'm not sure what you guys would consider an average lens but I've had no problems with my 28-300 nor my 50 1.8g on this camera... The 28-300 has VR but as long as I stay above 1/100 sutter speed, no real problems with lens even without VR.. All around a pretty amazing camera...

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Digitall
By Digitall (Mar 23, 2012)

It is possible when DPR make a deep review of this camera, there is the possibility to compare with other models of medium format? as for example the Phase One IQ 180 Digital Back and others?
Should be interesting a comparison of this type too.

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 23, 2012)

Check this out D800 whiners!

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Publications/DxOMark-Reviews/Nikon-D800-Review/Sensor-performance

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Paulo Goulart
By Paulo Goulart (Mar 23, 2012)

" the D800’s Overall score is the best that has ever been achieved"

5 upvotes
pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 23, 2012)

Undeniably the new king!

2 upvotes
KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (Mar 23, 2012)

First the D4, now the D800. Damn... That means my K-5 has fallen 2 places to 9th...

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

The DXO 'overall rating' computation is not mentioned on the DXO site. Thus it is a subjective rating or equal to the K$ put into the DXO coffers by a camera manufacturer divided by the best ISO value rating. Closest algorithm I can find.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 23, 2012)

dxomark always favors Nikon. It means nothing.

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 23, 2012)

tell that to your grandpa:)

whiner=loser

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KTSFotos
By KTSFotos (Mar 23, 2012)

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, I want this camera!!!! Is the best of the world!!!! 95 - DXO Lab

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lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

I agree totally... DxO Mark always provides heavily biased scores favouring Nikon... unfortunately for them camera sales reflect a very different picture...

But then again... we could all have predicted DxO Mark's scores for the D4 & D800 months in advance... so its nothing surprising... despite the fact that the RAW samples from the D4 are visibly inferior to the D3S... And its JPEG's inferior to the 5D III... Well so much for a completely free & fair scoring system...

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philo123
By philo123 (Mar 23, 2012)

..Ahem! i remember a couple of years ago when DXO rated the Pentax K5 the best APS-C sensor ever and it was and still is rated higher than the Nikon D7000. The Nikonians weren't very gracious in defeat there ......but now the DXO mark is the definitive score/rating in the photography industry. Strange that.

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propellerhead
By propellerhead (Mar 23, 2012)

I've stopped reading articles for any cam/equipment where the title contains "vs". That wasted comparison effort should be spent on creativity and photo composition. Thank you to the person who took the time to post the pics above. It was nice to have new information.

I'm p'd off that Nikon didn't make more D800's available. I know I know... natural disasters, surprise demand. I guess when you make a product for $3k a pop and can't keep up with demand, it's a good day to be a manufacturer.

Anyone else on a D800 pre-order list with no sign of getting one, p'd off at those unboxing videos? lol It's like watching your brother opening up his nintendo present while your present may show up next year. The first 4 videos I was watching like a hawk for new information and what was inside, then loneliness and jealously kicked in.

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lightmagic
By lightmagic (Mar 23, 2012)

I hope there will be comparison with ALL cameras with similar MPs, including MF. even these MF cost 10x of D800.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

For anyone interested, DXO have now measured the sensor and the data is available.
Let's just say their results are 'interesting' as is their rating.

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kimsch
By kimsch (Mar 23, 2012)

I would say more than interesting!!
I just cannot beleive that the low light iso performance is as good as the D4!

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

Interesting in that the results are pretty much the same as for other cameras.
Switch to 'Screen' from 'Print' to see what I mean.
In reality no major surprises.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

@Antony John Actually, the results are not the same for other cameras at all. 14.4 EV of DR and a 95 overall score. This fact is huge, and we don't even talk about the low light score which even re: printing, often can mean the difference between getting a shot or not.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

@marike6
Actually they compare the LLP against the D7000 and the Pentax K5 - they are the same.
How they arrive at their 'overall score' is not mentioned on their website.
If one looks at the D700/D3/D3S on 'screen' they all trump the D800 heavily (at least over base ISO).
I 'shoot Nikon' myself and wished that there was some definitive reason for buying the D800 (the money is in my savings A/C waiting).
I have no axe to grind.
the DPR pictures show, as do the DXO results that the D800 is not as good at high ISO as the 'older' D700/D3S technology.
Forget the 'ratings' and just use your eyes to judge (DPR) or examine the graphs (DXO).

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

"and the D800, a model that offers the ultimate in resolution demanded for nature and studio photography." - from Nikon's website.
Congratulations, Nikon have met their design criteria.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

D800 2835 ISO score
D700 2303 ISO score

D800 14.4 EV DR score
D700 12.2 EV DR score

D3s 3253 ISO score
12 EV DR score

D800 25.3 bits Color Depth score
D700/D3s 23.5 bits Color Depth score

Actually how they arrive at the overall score is mentioned and
I have used my eyes, and I have examined the graphs (DXO). Seems like you have not as none of the cameras you mentioned "trump" the D800. I like the D700 and D3s as much as anyone, but I'm not going to sit here and make things up.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 23, 2012)

@marike6,

there's a little tab under the selection bar. it has 'Print' and 'Screen' there. Switch to 'Screen'.
Look further down the D800 review under 'Vs. D7000/K5' or whatever.
Unless you're looking at a different website then the evidence is there for all to see.
And, when you quote any figure, SNR, DC, DR etc then without quoting the ISO the figures are meanigngless.
I should also add that at ISO 100 the ISO of the D800 is overstated by ±33% which will affect the figures at the ISO on the X axis as against the corresponding Y axis value.

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DarkShift
By DarkShift (Mar 23, 2012)

@Antony John

The huge DR of D800 at ISO100 is easy to verify by comparing studio scene RAW files from DPR and IR.

Open them with +4 and -4 EV settings and look at shadow and highlight areas.

5DII or 5DIII loose big time here.

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cesaregal
By cesaregal (Mar 23, 2012)

DxO Dynamic Range (D800 vs D700). Switch to 'Screen':
D700 has better Dynamic Range than D800
from 400 ISO until 6400 ISO.

1 upvote
Tooma
By Tooma (Mar 23, 2012)

Few thoughts,
1. Not very impressed with many of these pictures esp the 16-35mm, they looked way better in the dpreview of the lens shot with the D3X. However, the processed pics do look better.
2. I am now seeing why the AA filter is removed and hoping the D800E does a better job.
3. Yes it is a sony sensor, the D3 and D3X were not made by Sony the end!
4. Also to clear up the myth, you don't have to be more careful with focus accuracy unless you have a shallow DoP, or you're shooting at a higher iso due to the fact that noise will degrade parts of the image. There is absolutely no pt to shoot at high iso's at 36 degraded mp's. Pro's know this and will set their cam accordingly.
5. That being said ppl caring abt the high iso samples of the D800 clearly don't understand the application of this camera.

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Mar 24, 2012)

D3X one was designed and made by sony.

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Kosta Sobevski
By Kosta Sobevski (Mar 23, 2012)

Was there saran wrap put over the lenses that these pictures were shot with? It looks like there's no focus point in some of these as well. I don't know if I'd call these "real world samples" of the D800.

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AV Janus
By AV Janus (Mar 23, 2012)

I would call them exactly that¨...
Do you expect 36MP sharpness viewed at 100% shot handheld using a non stabilised prime with this cam?
LOL!

Yeah, maybe at 50mm 1%500 f,56 and sunlight...

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Svenson
By Svenson (Mar 23, 2012)

"You may be surprised by the outcome" - yep; but not positively...

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Jakub Kubica
By Jakub Kubica (Mar 23, 2012)

Excellent Sony sensor. Hopefully all kind of noise reduction can be turned off for good color reproduction.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

You know for sure it's a Sony sensor? With the D3 there was some question, and no it hasn't been publicly answered the D3 sensor mystery. (The D3s and D700 would be included in this mystery, so probably the D4, the D800 may be Sony, may not. Right now Sony is just an internet rumor.)

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lightmagic
By lightmagic (Mar 23, 2012)

One thins is sure: Nikon has no facility to produce it.

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john101477
By john101477 (Mar 23, 2012)

Rumor? huh? It is no rumor that sony made the sensor in the D3 or D700.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

john101477:

Link confirmation that Sony made the D3 sensor, a webseach will NOT bring up such a link, if it exists, easily.

"Rumor" referred to the D800's sensor.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

lightmagic:

Right but Nikon engineered the D2H and the D2Hs senors, also Nikon is a manufacturer of chip stepper gear. (And a used D2H aint cheap.)

So there's no reason that Nikon couldn't have engineered the sensor for the D3/D3s and then had a different firm build the sensors.

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steelski
By steelski (Mar 23, 2012)

Nikon cameras with sony sensors, or Sony based
D100
D40
D40x
D70
D80
D90
D5000
D5100
D3000
D3100
D300
D300s
D200
D3x
D2x
D7000
D800

Non sony sensor nikon DSLRs,
D2h
D3
D700
D3s
D4

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 24, 2012)

steelski:

Thank you for the list, but I was looking for firmer confirmation. Though I was sure I am on pretty firm ground asserting that the D3 is not a Sony sensor.

Minor addition to the nonSony list: D2Hs.

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