D800 Noise

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hypercore360 Contributing Member • Posts: 923
Re: D800 Noise

flyfish23 wrote:

I have a new D800 with updated firmware and I'm seeing noise at ISO 320 and 800.  IS this normal or do I have a setting deep inside the menu that i need to turn off?

It doesn't seem to be all that clean.

Any suggestions?

Really, the first thing is to upload some pictures that you speak of. Show samples at 320 & 800 and also at other ISOs (200, 400, 1000, 1600). Picture is worth a 1000 words, rather than describing it, we need to see what you're talking about.

Curious, what camera were you using before the D800?

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falconeyes Senior Member • Posts: 1,326
The truth about D800 Noise

In RAW, D800 and 5DmkII have identical pixel noise at identical shooting parameters, after image brightness is made to match. This is a fact established by several testing laboratories, incl. DxO.

However, because the D800 has many more pixels, the D800 wins hands down in image noise.

Moreover, even at the pixel level, the D800 has MUCH better dynamic range at all ISO. So, if you look at the noise in darker parts of your images, the diference will be stunning.

FW has nothing to do with it. It only effects the rendition of JPGs out of the camera.

However, the raw converter DOES play a role here, esp. if honoring in-camera noise suppression settings. You are comparing using the same raw converter, do you?

Yes, visible pixel noise at ISO 400 and above is normal and has always been. But with 36MP, you have to go to very high ISO to see it in a printed image.

AZBlue
AZBlue Contributing Member • Posts: 866
Re: D800 Noise

Daniel Lauring wrote:
As far as your question, like I said in my earlier post, it is not odd for a smaller sized individual sensor to demonstrate more noise than a larger one.  This is true when you compare Nikon's own D600 against the D800.  However, overall, the noise is equal or lower because the additional pixels.  The noise will only be greater if you crop the D800 compared to not cropping the 5D Mk2.

Don't the D600, D800 and 5D Mk2 all have full frame sensors?

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Daniel Lauring Veteran Member • Posts: 9,033
Re: D800 Noise

AZBlue wrote:

Daniel Lauring wrote:
As far as your question, like I said in my earlier post, it is not odd for a smaller sized individual sensor to demonstrate more noise than a larger one.  This is true when you compare Nikon's own D600 against the D800.  However, overall, the noise is equal or lower because the additional pixels.  The noise will only be greater if you crop the D800 compared to not cropping the 5D Mk2.

Don't the D600, D800 and 5D Mk2 all have full frame sensors?

"Individual sensor size."  A little confusing but I was referring to the size of the individual pixels in the sensor.  The larger the pixel, the higher the signal to noise ratio.

Raul
Raul Veteran Member • Posts: 7,574
Flyfish flew

indeed

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flyfish23 OP New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Flyfish flew

Raul wrote:

indeed

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Actually I didn't fly I'm away on business and not able to upload examples.

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