Nikon D800, D4 & Canon 5D2, 5D3 noise shootout

Started Mar 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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zzapamiga Regular Member • Posts: 497
Nikon D800, D4 & Canon 5D2, 5D3 noise shootout

There is a lot of bickering and arguing on both the Canon and Nikon forums over the noise levels of the Canon 5D2 , Canon 5D3 , Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 . A lot of these arguments are only opinions and anecdotes without any supporting evidence. I thought I would put the issue to rest and provide evidence with a shootout between these cameras at ISO 25600 (Being the highest ISO the Canon 5D2 provides).

All photos were downloaded from in RAW format and then processed in Photoshop with all sharpening and noise reduction turned off. The resized images were resized using Bicubic in Photoshop.

Once resized to Nikon D4 size I would rank them in this order from best to worst:

  1. Nikon D4

  2. Nikon D800 & Canon 5D3 (A tie)

  3. Canon 5D2

Please click on the photos once to display full size

Canon 5D2 original size

Canon 5D3 original size

Nikon D800 original size

Nikon D4 original size

Canon 5D2 resized to D4 size

Canon 5D3 resized to D4 size

Nikon D800 resized to D4 size

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 5D Mark III Nikon D4 Nikon D800
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