How does the D3 achieve such high ISO?

Started Feb 17, 2008 | Discussions thread
Marianne Oelund Veteran Member • Posts: 7,788
Something else to try

SDRebel wrote:

Please show me 5D results that match the D3 at these high ISO
conditions. I may not have known how to the use the camera and may
have made a great mistake selling it. If you can demonstrate that to
me, I can probably sell my 1Ds3, given current availability, for more
than I paid for it and buy back a 5D.

Don't do anything hastily. Another technique you can try is down-sampling. This allows you to effectively trade your higher pixel count for lower noise. [Strictly speaking, the result won't be exactly the same as using a camera with fewer and larger pixels, but you can get quite close.]

Your 21Mpix camera can do a much better job at emulating a lower-noise 12Mpix camera, than the 12Mpix camera can do emulating the resolution of a 21Mpix camera by up-res techniques.

Now you have quite a bit of experimentation to do, before you will have a thorough understanding of the ultimate capabilities of your camera. Give your 1Ds Mk III some time, especially if you've been very happy with its images so far.

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