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Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW conversion notes.

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Nikon D3 vs Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Nikon D3
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
4.4 MB JPEG (4256 x 2382)
3.0MB JPEG (3,888 x 2,592)

Once again taking the camera's (default) JPEG processing out of the equation reveals a slightly different story with the D3 and EOS-1D producing images that are almost identical save for minor colour mapping differences (and depth of field - the paper clips in the D3 shot are acutally out of focus). The D3's slight resolution advantage is more visible but there's not enough difference here to consider either camera to be anything even close to a clear winner.

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Just got a D3, used but feels great. Cant wait to get out and try all the features. Explain the mic/speaker buttons please. I am awaiting a manual. Thanks.


If you still haven't got a manual you can download an app called ManualVeiwer on your smart phone. It has Nikon cameras manuals you can download. The D3 is listed.

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