Who is the winner in the night? D800, D4, D3, D3s?

Started Mar 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
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AndreasE Contributing Member • Posts: 909
Who is the winner in the night? D800, D4, D3, D3s?

Interested in a night comparison? Read on.

I did take 4 bodies: D3, D3s, D4, D800 and took this scenery with all ISO ranges.
Manual exposure, tripod, etc ...

First example - ISO 6400

A scenery in Vienna. Night, dark & lamps.

We are running at ISO 6400. NR in camera is set to OFF. NR in CNX2 is set to OFF as well (to avoid mandatory NR processing)

100% crop: D3

Same crop: D800, scaled to the size of the D3

Same crop: D4, scaled to the size of the D3

Switch to ISO 100/200. Same area.

D3, ISO 200

D800, ISO 100, scaled to D3 size

All images resized to 1920x1280 at base ISO

Quite a few people told others that beyond a certain size, the higher excess resolution doesn't matter. To validate this claim, please find enclosed 4 images resized from the respective original size to 1920x1280. No post processing whatsoever.

D3, ISO 200

D3S, ISO 200

D4, ISO 100

D800, ISO 100

I'd say, the D4 and D800 are the new benchmarks ....


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