D800 vs D3s vs Z50 image comparison!

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J_o_e_l Forum Member • Posts: 80
D800 vs D3s vs Z50 image comparison!

It's the matchup no one asked for...

The one-time "King of Megapixels" D800 vs the "Dark Lord" D3s vs the "New Kid" the scrappy little mirrorless DX Z50. While the new kid has been talking a lot of smack on the street, certainly our experienced champions are going to deliver a decisive beating today.

The questions on no one's mind... Will this match-up uncover $4,000 worth of visible difference between image quality?... What does a DXO score of 2900 vs 3250 actually look like in the real world?... Is it worth it to carry 10lbs of camera for the best image quality?...


  • Surprisingly, all three cameras cost about $700-800 USD to purchase today.
  • In general, my goal was to compare high ISO performance and overall image quality (perceived color depth, subject detail, real-life color reproduction accuracy, etc).
  • All three cameras are shooting the exact same settings...aperture, WB, exposure, ISO, noise reduction, even the custom color profile (www.nikonpc.com) is the same.
  • When possible, all three cameras are even using the same lens.
  • All photos are Small Fine Jpegs straight out of the camera and opened side-by-side on my MacBook Pro...no editing whatsoever.
  • We are just comparing SOOC images... this does not cover other strengths / advantages; such as battery life, autofocus speed / accuracy / consistency, file size / transfer, shutter speed, weight, user experience, movie, LCD performance, etc...

Hope you guys enjoy seeing these real world samples.

Let the match begin!



 J_o_e_l's gear list:J_o_e_l's gear list
Nikon D3S Nikon D800 Nikon Z50 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Nikon D3S Nikon D800
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