Official D3 samples here

Started Sep 12, 2007 | Discussions thread
Steve Bingham
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Some thoughts

I down loaded all images into PS CS3 and took a careful look. My impressions:

1- At 6400 and poor light the D3 is BETTER at ISO 6400 than my D2x was at 800. Without a direct comparison it is hard to say, but my guess is that ISO 640 on a D2x would be close to the D3 at 6400. That's one heck of a jump. And . . . the noise had a nicer quality to it compared to my D2x.

2- At ISO 3200 the quality was amazing. The lighting (on the lady) was very harsh, but similar to what a PJ or event photographer has to deal with.

3- At ISO 400 I uprezed the file to 240 dpi at 48 inches wide. Did a slight USM at 0, .4, and 150% . . . and made a 10" print from a cropped section (around the eye). Pretty impressive! Looks very sharp from a the distance you would read a magazine from. Again, it's a guess, but I would say that the 12 megs in the D3 resolves better than the 12 megs in my old D2x . . even at ISO 400 vs 100 with D2x. Two extra stops AND better resolution - it looks like. We shall see, but that's my take.

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