Is D800 not for me for taking family photos? (Now D700)

Started Jul 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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KennethKwok Contributing Member • Posts: 998
Is D800 not for me for taking family photos? (Now D700)

I just take family photos.
I confess that I usually just use JPEG.

Surprisingly, I do need high ISO performance.
I often shoot in dim environment. Despite the large aperture lens that I
own, quite often ISO 6400 (or higher) is needed. Well, I selected 1/125
as minimum shutter speed. That prevents me from getting shaky photos.
Even better High ISO performance would be nice.
And I would be willing to pay for it.
Of course, having used the D700 for 3 long years (in digital camera),
I would think that I love a D800.
Is it fair to say that the high ISO noise for D800 is similar to D700?
If not, how many stops better?
If you don't do smart things like downscaling, that I really have no
idea of how it works, is the 36MP high ISO D800 photos better than
the D700 12MP high ISO photos, in terms of noise?
(Do people routinely downscale everything from 36MP to 12MP for
a higher ISO capability?)

Recently, I am quite into the take wide and pray...
"If there is more in the photo, I can just crop to taste."
I just hope that 36 MP contains everything, and I can just crop,
and hope something magical happens.
And... I am still going to handheld, and not going to use tripod.
Tripod is not possible for spontaneous "snap shots" with my capability.
So... doesn't seem like this is going to satisfying photography.
I think that I would stop doing the "take wide and pray"
It seems an awful way to "enjoy" photography.

Photography is a hobby, and a way to retain precious memory of my
I am not hoping to be a world acclaimed photographer.

Would a D800 show better photos, if my techniques are the same?
E.g. my D700 photos are better than my Point and shoot photos,
which are better than my iPhone photos....

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