Why is D200 that much noiser than D80?

Started Jun 2, 2007 | Discussions thread
GaryDeM Veteran Member • Posts: 6,297
Re: Why is D200 that much noiser than D80?

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you should also note that the shots are both in dpreview's reviews of the 2 cameras. all cameras that are reviewed anywhere have the same problem. they are tested as they come from the box. there is no attempt to optimize the settings of each camera to give max image quality.

either camera might be able to wipeout the other in terrms of IQ. just test one as it comes from the box and the other after it is properly setup and adjusted. therefore, what is unknown is how much more potential image quality is available in the 2 cameras if both are setup to the max. if the d80 is performing at say the 75% level as it comes from the box while the d200 is setup from the factory so that it is at the 40% point. it is hardly a fair test when both are later in the hands of their owner's. because then you would have a situation in which the camera that was at 40% will blow away the other; or viseversa if the percentages were reversed.

it has long been my view that the testers in magazines and websites presetup all cameras to be tested so that they are performing as well as they can get them, THEN TEST. in this way the consumers could see what the true IQ would be after owning them for a while. the way that is currently done is to test from the box; so the results of the test is really at the whim of the factory engineer who put it together, and we do not know what his image quality tastes are.

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