D7000 a much better camera choice than the D5200

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
rhlpetrus Forum Pro • Posts: 24,795
Re: I understand his view

marike6 wrote:

The D5200 DOES NOT match the D600 at all, at any ISO.

From DxOMark sensor ratings:

D600 Low-light ISO (sports) score 2980 ISO

D5200 Low-light ISO (sports) score 1284 ISO

1284 ISO is, AFAIK, the highest low-light/high ISO score ever on DxOMark for an APS-C sensor, but it does not compete with the FF cameras like the D600, D800 or D4 which typically get over 1 1/2 EV better high ISO performance.

You need to look at the whole graph for DR:

Observe how the D5200's curve moves up from D7000's and follows the D600's very closely, difference horizontally is about 1/2 stop in ISO, half of the D7000-D600's difference, at 1600, but difference is down to 1/3 stop re D600 at 6400.

That will impact results. The high ISO scores use the SNR cutpoints, which will show the difference you mention, but that's not usually the whole story in practical/visual results. We will see when the samples are posted (RAW), my bet is the D5200 will get closer to the D600's than the D7000 is now, maybe by 1/2 a stop. What I can do now at 3200 with the D7000 may well be possible at 6400 with the D5200. I I have used that in events (check my current samples thread here, with a ballet/theatre series).

Anyway, these are awesome cameras.

Re banding: I agree that more than 2stop pushing is more than I ever needed, so a non-issue in practice. But the fact that the D7000's files can provide detail and color, bandless, from a virtual black frame is amazing in technological terms. And we are here at this site for, basically, that, no?

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