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Just posted: Nikon D800 test samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 20, 2012 at 00:38 GMT
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Just Posted: studio test samples from the Nikon D800. We're running the 36MP D800 through our standard set of studio tests and have completed the shots of our test scene. These have been appended to the D800 preview and include all the Raw files for download. You can also access the shots from other reviews or the standalone comparison tool.

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Eigenmeat
By Eigenmeat (Mar 20, 2012)

is the d800e coming up? that should give the 645D a run

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psn
By psn (Mar 20, 2012)

This could very well be my next camera...

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 20, 2012)

One thing the samples show is just how good the D700 is.
Now if only Nikon would put the D700 sensor (or better still the D3S sensor) in a body with the size of the D7000 (D300 max) then that would be great.

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nerdag
By nerdag (Mar 20, 2012)

D700 sensor in a D300 body is... a D700!

Sure, a D3s sensor in a smaller body would be a great thing, but then few people would have a reason to buy a D3s (new or used), or possibly even the D4 (depending on one's specific needs).

We can live in hope.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Mar 20, 2012)

Or you could take a D7000 sensor and put it in a D700 body and call it a D800 ;-)

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jnk
By jnk (Mar 20, 2012)

I would not say far behind the Pentax - all depends where in chart/image you're looking at and for - if you set to 1600 ISO/RAW (Pentax limit) - move the pointer around the chart/image - you'll notice some subtle and not so subtle differences regarding noise level in the shadow areas - for that matter - there are even some subtle placement/changes of where the shots taken of the chart/image regarding the D800 and the other three cameras - between the Baileys and the robot - right after and below the S of Baileys - the V area on the Pentax is not too promising.

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Forever Young
By Forever Young (Mar 20, 2012)

Interesting to add the NEX-7 to the comparison... Amazing!

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 20, 2012)

You beat me to it. Nex-7 is an interesting comparison considering its price and dimensions.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 20, 2012)

In addition, the bigger DOF you can get with NEX7.

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hippo84
By hippo84 (Mar 20, 2012)

NEX7 is really not much worse ))

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RP McMurphy
By RP McMurphy (Mar 20, 2012)

nex7 isn't being limted as much as the others via diffraction (esp 645), but look at the noise at 1600 comparesd to the others

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 20, 2012)

Quality not bad when compared with 5D Mark 2, but far behind Pentax 645D.

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Neil Morgan
By Neil Morgan (Mar 20, 2012)

I saw the same thing.
The detail on the 645D is fantastic and it goes to show that the pixel level detail is real and that the hoo haa of AA filter or no AA filter (D800e) with Moire being an issue is a none issue.
They are plenty of possible instances in the test image to bring out moire on the 645D and there is none, not a even a whisper of it.
It also shows that even at 1600iso the NR on the canon and nikon is noticeable or it is the AA filter that reduces and softens the detail. 4mp diff between the 645D and D800 should be very very close, but the 645D still out resolves it.
Which makes me think that D800e is still the better option.
Its great to have choice !!!

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Mar 20, 2012)

yep, $3000 vs $10000 and no AA filter. What a surprize.

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gipper51
By gipper51 (Mar 20, 2012)

Impressive detail for sure. It's certainly more detail than the 5D2 (and 3), but enough to warrant a system switch for one camera? Apparently lots of folks in a certain forum think so.

Mabye I'm getting old, but the resolution differences in DSLRs don't excite me anymore. Now the IQ80...

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Mar 20, 2012)

I am still holding out for the new full sensor Sony. Can't wait for that camera to come to market.

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jorgeysusa
By jorgeysusa (Mar 21, 2012)

Well, select ISO6400 and RAW with Sony A77. That's what I call noise.

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Mar 20, 2012)

This camera oversampled to 16mp is very close to the D4 in noise performance. What is stunning is that the sensor even at 12800ISO seems to retain colour information fairly well, compared to the 5d mk II, and D700.

I suppose its not that impressive if you crop a D4 to DX frame and compare it to a D7000 though.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 20, 2012)

Bravo Nikon and bravo DPR. This is the camera I've been waiting for since I first held a D700 down at B&H. And in a few long days the D800 will be at my door.

Great looking images so far, and I've downloaded D800 files from anywhere I could get them. Thanks DPR, as usual, great job.

8 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Mar 20, 2012)

i would love to play around with the RAW files, but, i would need a new PC

2 upvotes
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 20, 2012)

well the difference from 21MP to 36MP is not worth all the fuzz if you ask me.

but iso 3200 looks good.

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mzdunek78
By mzdunek78 (Mar 20, 2012)

@ Jon:

Please tell us more, we all want to hear your opinion !

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Mar 20, 2012)

Let me start by saying...

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Jon Stern
By Jon Stern (Mar 20, 2012)

Looking at low and high ISO (raw) what impresses me is how good my 5D Mark II is.

I think I'll keep it!

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Mar 20, 2012)

That studio comparison says otherwise.

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JohnB71
By JohnB71 (Mar 20, 2012)

The 7D,and 60D looks better 5D Mark II,so does the D7000.

3 upvotes
sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 20, 2012)

I agree, its close, still holds its own. Still prefer the D800 though.

1 upvote
Stoneh
By Stoneh (Mar 20, 2012)

Definately, looking at raw theres not much difference in noise comparing to the 5d mkii

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plasnu
By plasnu (Mar 20, 2012)

I don't see any problem with 5d2, except the body size. The tiny OMD looks as good as 5d2. Those new generation Sony sensor cams are revolutionary.

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Jon Stern
By Jon Stern (Mar 20, 2012)

@tkpenalty: Are you looking at the raws or JPEGs? JPEGs are meaningless to me.

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 20, 2012)

Here comes the waterfall of rage!

1 upvote
ovrebekk
By ovrebekk (Mar 20, 2012)

What for?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Mar 20, 2012)

Half the fun is trying to guess 'what for' - it can be hard to predict.

11 upvotes
EMOslaughter
By EMOslaughter (Mar 20, 2012)

@ R butler: soooo true hahahaha

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Mssimo
By Mssimo (Mar 20, 2012)

Its always drama at DPreview. Maybe why we love it so much.

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david7703
By david7703 (Mar 20, 2012)

yep, dpreview is better than the Kardashians, Snooky, Survivor, American Idol, and all the rest..lol..

1 upvote
NektonFi
By NektonFi (Mar 20, 2012)

I did a comparison at ISO 6400 against D4:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4096871/D800vsD4-ISO6400.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4096871/D800vsD4-ISO6400-2.JPG

D800 on the left.

Curious thing: D800 was exposed for 1/1000 sec and D4 for 1/500 at same f-stop and ISO. Maybe it would be more fair to compare D4 at ISO 12800 to D800's ISO 6400.

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