Why is D200 that much noiser than D80?

Started Jun 2, 2007 | Discussions thread
Tom Christiansen Senior Member • Posts: 2,239
If noise bothers you, wear earplugs

egrc wrote:

That would certainly be good, but in the pictures I've seen it
looks like D200 is noisier than D80. I'm not talking about raw
here, but jpegs.

Then you aren't really talking about what the camera's capturing.
You're talking about what post-processing you apply to the
capture afterwards. And it appears you may now be talking
about whatever Nikon decided the default PP settings were.

Turn off all processing and then compare, if you must. But
don't just let each camera have its way with the shot,
irreproducibly biasing one shot one way and another another,
without you really ever knowning what is what.

I'm afraid I'm a little wary of a 1st posting that threatens to
grab hold of the perennial obsession over noise on the screen.
Print out the picture, and THEN judge what you're looking at.
It is unreasonable to (mis)judge a camera's ability to create good
prints if you do not look at any.

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