D800E Resolution Chart Comparison
(JPEG and Raw)

The D800E offers the potential for increased resolution over its sibling, the D800, as the image-softening effects of its optical low-pass filter have been 'cancelled'. Using our standard resolution chart you can evaluate the effectiveness of Nikon's approach and compare the results shown here against the resolution performance of the D800.

On this page we're looking at both JPEG and Raw resolution. For a (more) level playing field we convert the latter using Adobe Camera Raw. Because Adobe Camera Raw applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load raw file into Adobe Camera Raw (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
  • Open file to Photoshop
  • Apply a Unsharp mask tuned to the camera, usually 100%, Radius 0.6, Threshold 0
  • Save as a TIFF (for cropping) and as a JPEG quality 11 for download
D800E JPEG (7360 x 4912px) D800E Raw (7360 x 4912px)

In the samples below, we typically include a Nyquist 'marker' indicating the theoretical limit of a given sensor's resolving capability. The D800E, however has a theoretical maximum of 4,912 lines per picture height which exceeds the maximum 4,000 lines per picture height resolution of our chart.

Vertical resolution

D800E JPEG 100% crop
D800E Raw 100% crop

Horizontal resolution

D800E JPEG 100% crop D800E Raw 100% crop

As you can see in the samples above, the resolution performance of the D800E is truly impressive. Individual lines can be distinguished nearer to our chart's 4000 LPH limit than with any other 35mm format DSLR we've yet tested in our studio. However this is accompanied by more-obvious false colour than we saw with the D800, especially in Raw - an inevitable side-effect of cancelling the anti-aliasing filter.