D850/D5 low light performance

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MoreCowbell Contributing Member • Posts: 520
D850/D5 low light performance

Has anyone had occasion to compare the low light performance of the D850 vs the D5?  Specifically I'm interested in noise.

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Wahrsager
Wahrsager Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: D850/D5 low light performance

MoreCowbell wrote:

Has anyone had occasion to compare the low light performance of the D850 vs the D5? Specifically I'm interested in noise.

You might like this older thread:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/63665673

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briantilley
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Re: D850/D5 low light performance
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MoreCowbell wrote:

Has anyone had occasion to compare the low light performance of the D850 vs the D5? Specifically I'm interested in noise.

I used a D850 and D5 side-by-side with f/2.8 zooms for (often low-light) theatre shoots.

I never did any formal comparisons between the two, but in general I found that, while the D850 was noticeably better in terms of DR and noise at lower ISO values, the D5 was around 1 stop ahead above 800 ISO.

The measured data seems to support this:

https://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Nikon%20D5,Nikon%20D850

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Thanx guys n/t
GuyDagar
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I've recently been shooting with both the D850 and D5; as others have said, the D5 is a little better in low-light situations, sometimes a lot better. But, that's not what I have found to be the pertinent difference between the two bodies in low-light: the D5 focusses more quickly, on the subject and holds focus better when something starts to move. I can say I've missed a few good shots with the D850 that I wouldn't have with the D5. Something else the D5 has done for me: it removed the stigma of shooting at high ISOs, above 6400, something I never would have done with the D850, but since then I now will shoot the D850 at higher ISOs as well. In either case, however, the noise is easily correctable in post.

Noise? What noise?

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bclaff Forum Pro • Posts: 13,368
Re: D850/D5 low light performance
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MoreCowbell wrote:

Has anyone had occasion to compare the low light performance of the D850 vs the D5? Specifically I'm interested in noise.

From tests I would say the D5 over the D850 by about 2/3 stop.

From the table below the chart Low Light ISO EV of 11.17 for the D5 versus 10.36 for the D850.

Clearly the story is different when there is plenty of light,

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