Why is D200 that much noiser than D80?

Started Jun 2, 2007 | Discussions thread
John Yu Senior Member • Posts: 1,201
Re: Great First post ...

egrc wrote:

John Yu wrote:

An educated guess: because the jpg conversion engine is a dedicated
circuit, not an upgradeable firmware. Otherwise, it'll be too slow
or you need 3 fans and a heatsink inside the camera to cool a 3GHz
quad-core processor.

This could very well be the case. The question that remains to be
answered is why they don't do it in hardware. Isn't it possible
whithout larger modifications, is it just Nikon that don't want
different D200 yet, does Nikon find the difference to be to small
to do any changes in the camera?

As D80 came out after D200, I suppose you're asking why Nikon didn't offer hardware upgrade to D200. That's an interesting proposition. I'd like to know too. When D70 was upgraded to D70, neither did it get D50's better jpg engine...

Thanks for the advice. It is just hard to decide - buy d200, keep
nikon lenses, get some more noise (that is probably effecting me
more than the pictures Sadly I'm a bit of a noise pixel peeper
even though sensor noise levels at high iso mostly doesn't matter),
or get Canon stuff with the advantages and disadvantages you
describe.

In practice, really depends on what type of photos you do and the size of prints you're printing. As a rule of thumb, if you can't see the noise when viewing at 50%, you won't see it in the print.
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John

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