Why is D200 that much noiser than D80?

Started Jun 2, 2007 | Discussions thread
OP egrc Junior Member • Posts: 32
Re: Well written yet again....... Re: Here we go again.

Muntz wrote:

Guys and gals,
I think we're being a tad sensitive about our D200's and a little
harsh on Erik. I've had a D200 and a D80 and I think his question
is perfectly valid, and I've often wondered the same thing: IF the
D80 has better jpeg algorithms why not just port them to new D200's?

[...]

And as to why they wouldn't improve the D200's algorithms and make
it a more "friendly" get "point 'n shoot" type photos straight from
the camera kind of machine is mainly because it's company policy
(not just Nikon's) to not alter a product once it's launched
(unless it can be done thru firmware). This makes sense because you
just can't have same products with different specs floating around
(imagine trying to sell a used one and tying to convince someone
that it's the GOOD and updated D200). That's why they usually drop
in the "s" after a year or so

This is exactly my point. If the jpegs in D80 is better and it is due to software why isn't Nikon just porting it to D200 in a firmware update? Could there be some other difference that makes this impossible, such as pre AD signal processing, the sensors, the higher speed of D200 in continous mode etc.

On the other hand I may be biased, I've read in other forums that D80 has better jpeg quality than d200 and maybe it biased my eyes as well.

In fact, in the case of the D2Hs, one of the big improvements has
been exactly the jpg algorithm.

Welcome to DP Erik.

Thanks!

Erik

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