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Cropped Nikon D800 samples at high ISO

I have mentioned before that I have several samples taken with the upcoming Nikon D800 camera. The TIFF files produced by the Nikon D800 are around 103 MB:

Unfortunately I cannot publish the entire images online but I can show you few JPG crops taken at different ISO settings. It's not much, but at least you can get some idea about the ISO performance. I already mentioned that with the D4 and D800 Nikon will make a clear separation in the target audience for those cameras. With its high resolution, the D800 will be for the landscape/studio photographers, where the D4 will have the speed and low light performance for photo journalists/sports shooters. This is a clear differentiation from the previous D3/D700 models that shared the same sensor/technology.

Here are five 100% crops taken at ISO 500, 1400, 3200, 6400 and Hi-1 (I do not have samples taken at other ISO settings). Keep in mind that those were probably taken with a pre-production D800 camera:

Nikon D800 100% jpg crop @ ISO 500

Nikon D800 100% jpg crop @ ISO 1400

Nikon D800 100% jpg crop @ ISO 3200

Nikon D800 100% jpg crop @ ISO 6400

Nikon D800 jpg 100% crop @ ISO Hi-1 (12,800)

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  • Beetlebomb

    Nikon shouldn’t abandon the full-frame D700 market–which is what they are doing! Put a D4 sensor in a D700 body, and call it a D750.

    I am currently a D700 user. I have been wanting-hoping-expecting the replacement for the D700 to be an improvement in dynamic range and high-ISO performance (lower noise).

    I’m shaking my head at the D800, and it’s really rude of Nikon to expect D700 users to opt for the D4! How much is the D4 body expected to be priced at? Even if price were not a matter, the larger, heavier, bulkier D4 is no solution for me…and neither is the D800!

    Nikon: Back to the drawing board, please!

    • Alexander

      I feel exactually the same way!

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