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Just Posted: Nikon D4 Studio Test Samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 3, 2012 at 02:04 GMT
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We've just published images of our standard test scene taken with Nikon's latest professional DSLR, the 16MP D4. These have been shot using a production-standard D4 and, as usual, include both Raw and JPEG images with all original files available for download. Added them to our comparison tool means they can be called-upon from other reviews or the standalone comparison tool. For this test we used the recently-announced Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 and we'll be publishing 'real world' galleries from both the D4 and 85mm in the coming days.

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chuirox
By chuirox (Mar 3, 2012)

After comparing the D4 and D3S RAW files I decided to download them and do the comparison in Nikon Capture. Suffice it to say, the D4 files are an improvement over the D3S - not a huge improvement, but if you only looked at the comparison tool you might actually get the impression the D3S looked better in some areas of the image at high ISO. I know I did - and that's what prompted me to look again on my own. Glad I did!

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Mar 3, 2012)

Noisier than the d3s, as expected with added pixels.

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sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 3, 2012)

Only in jpg, look at the raw files, they are mildly better.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 3, 2012)

Lest anyone think any of the other cameras expect the D3s can compete with the D4, put the crop square on the girls face on the right and switch to ISO 12800, then 25,6000 and watch the images particularly from the two Canon's fall apart.
No camera can compete with the D4 at high ISO (expect the D3s) and this will not change with the 5D MK III.

Truly impressive.

Side note, am so glad I ordered the 85 1.8G with the D800.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Mar 3, 2012)

Not unexpected since the 1D4 has a much smaller image sensor and the 5D2 image sensor design is 4.5 years old by now.

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DaddyG
By DaddyG (Mar 3, 2012)

How can you know this will not change with the 5D MK III? As dpreview and others state, forst impressions are extremely positive with the 5D MKIII. Whatever, these noise differences are not going to make or break your photographic career.

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Mike Fewster
By Mike Fewster (Mar 3, 2012)

I think the Nikon has the same senor as the Nex5n. So I brought up the comparison. The 5n sure looks like a bargain.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 3, 2012)

Doesn't have the same sensor. The D4 is FF and NEX-5N APS-C.

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gustabod
By gustabod (Mar 3, 2012)

did the same thing, amazing. Canon is certainly being left behind by Sony.

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Mike Fewster
By Mike Fewster (Mar 3, 2012)

Must admit, I had''t picked that the Nikon was ff. The Nex 5n is looking even better.

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jhinkey
By jhinkey (Mar 3, 2012)

Looks to me that if you scaled down the D4 shot you'd end up with the D3s' noise characteristic.

Not bad at all Nikon! Now just give me the D4 sensor in a D700-like body and I'll be forking over some of my hard-earned $$!

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eakersj
By eakersj (Mar 3, 2012)

It's very interesting that the D4 appears to do quite well against the D3s despite having more megapixels. I wonder if down-sampling would improve the D4's performance. Great job DPR!

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carlos roncatti
By carlos roncatti (Mar 3, 2012)

is the link working?...cant get to open both in chrome and firefox....loading...loading and loading

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 3, 2012)

works in IE.

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carlos roncatti
By carlos roncatti (Mar 3, 2012)

Thanks zodiac....

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deep7
By deep7 (Mar 3, 2012)

Didn't work in Safari either. Nor did the Canon G1X but the Samsung NX200 did. What gives?

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Paul Pelletier2
By Paul Pelletier2 (Mar 3, 2012)

5DMK II @ ISO 100 does very well compare to D4.
Look at the watch or the white on red text in the ceter mid left.
I can only imagine the 5D MK III will do even better

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HiRez
By HiRez (Mar 3, 2012)

Most modern high end SLRs are going to look pretty good at low ISOs in good lighting, the D4 is made to excel at higher ISOs and with poorer lighting. Still, look at the shadow areas of the left side of the Bailey's bottle and the grid behind it (in RAW), The 5D MkII has some noise in it that you don't see in the D4.

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sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 3, 2012)

Imagine how the D800 will look at ISO 100. :)

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Paul Pelletier2
By Paul Pelletier2 (Mar 3, 2012)

My point was more that a 4 years old camera looks very good compare to newly announced camera.

And looking at the samples of the 5DMKIII it looks very promising.

I alos like the D800, but having so many Canon glasses I will not switch camp.

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Jogger
By Jogger (Mar 3, 2012)

testing a $6000 camera with a $500 lens.. makes perfect sense to me

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 3, 2012)

It is a 85mm prime 1.8, it is one of their sharpest lenses especially at that focal length. What do you suggest?

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Mar 3, 2012)

Ok, edit that. DPR, why is it shot at f11 while the D3s at f8?

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DStudio
By DStudio (Mar 3, 2012)

The 85/1.8G's primary "weakness" is bokeh, but that doesn't apply to DPR studio test samples. Sharpness, however, is outstanding.

And bokeh is still good, just not as good as a few more-expensive models.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 3, 2012)

@zodiacfml - the D3S was tested two years ago, and we've made some changes to the testing methodology since then. I'll update the D3S studio scene next week at f/11 (but literally all it does is slightly increase the depth-of-field - sharpness in the plane of focus is unchanged).

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 3, 2012)

@Jogger Lenses are really expensive because of their professional build quality, exotic glass, and fast apertures. This alone does not mean they a automatically better than less expensive lenses, see Nikon 50 1.8. The 85 1.8G is sharp across the frame, has almost zero distortion, and low CA.

@DStudio
The bokeh on the 85 1.8G is not a weakness at all, it's actually quite smooth and is superior to the 85 1.8D that it replaces. From Photozone who gave the lens an extremely high, nearly perfect overall score:

"The lens produces quite smooth background blur wide open, even in the sometimes critical transition zone. Thanks to 7 rounded aperture blades, background highlights retain their circular shape at least for larger aperture setting."

Anyway, in case anyone actually reads these comments, I didn't want someone to get the wrong impression of a lens that is going to be a big hit for Nikon.

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cesaregal
By cesaregal (Mar 3, 2012)

There is Nikon 85/1.4 G for a correct comparison with Canon 85/1.4, in my opinion.

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DStudio
By DStudio (Mar 3, 2012)

@marike6 That's why I put "weakness" in quotes. There are a few 85mm lenses that have smoother bokeh, as I can see just from looking at the examples on that same Photozone site. A few of my own lenses have smoother bokeh.

I'm actually complementing the lens - it looks impressive. My point is it's very strong on an absolute basis - not just for the price - and I don't think DPR is compromising by using it for the studio test shots.

As you can see, my message was that this lens may in fact be the best possible choice for this test.

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HiRez
By HiRez (Mar 3, 2012)

D3S still looks like the king to me. D4 is very close and has a little more detail, as expected, but the D3S is still the smoothest at 1600-6400.

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Dianoda
By Dianoda (Mar 3, 2012)

Agreed, D3S is the king of high ISO in this compare. It's got everyone beat for cleanest RAWs, and seems to handle greens quite a bit better, too.

That said, bring on the D800/5D3/1DX studio shots!

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sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 3, 2012)

In JPG, I like the D4 a little better with RAW

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diforbes
By diforbes (Mar 3, 2012)

An expensive home run at that :-)

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sandy b
By sandy b (Mar 3, 2012)

Amazing output, homerun for Nikon again, thanks DPR!

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