Nikon D5 high ISO sample (LCD screenshots only)

First, a quick D5 report from Tokyo by a reader:

Whoever is in Tokyo in the next few days and weeks: the Ginza Nikon showroom has a D5 for trying out. No memory cards are allowed. The slots are sealed and a representative is near by... They have it with the 24-70mm VR lens.

Based on what you can try in a bright showroom, the 102k ISO looks really good. The increased coverage of the viewfinder with AF points is better in person than expected and the AF is faster as the D4s in tracking people walking erratically in the showroom.

From ergonomics and menu perspective pretty much like the D4s, just when I wanted to change the ISO, I was going to the wrong button...

The touchscreen feature was useful when I wanted to scroll through a long sequence of pictures or zoom in. But just looking at the last 2-4 pictures, I would still prefer the scroll button, as I still can leave my hand at the camera as for shooting and just use the thumb for scrolling.

Next is a series of Nikon D5 LCD screen captures of pictures taken from ISO 204,800 to ISO 3,280,000 (I know, it's just pictures of the screen, but we have nothing better right now):

Hi-1 (ISO 204,800 equivalent):


Hi-2 (ISO 409,600 equivalent):


Hi-3 (ISO 819,200 equivalent):


Hi-4 (ISO 1,638,400 equivalent):


Hi-5 (ISO 3,280,000 equivalent):

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  • Rick Johnson

    204,800 looks usable in this context! Not sure I’d push any higher than that though unless they were monochrome images or surveillance-grade only.

    • Eric Calabros

      ISO 6400. %100 crop.


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  • Paco Ignacio

    The D5 ISO 819,200 performance is the same as the ISO 1600 performance of my old Canon 350D.

    • Mike

      I started digital with a D80. ISO 1250 was scratching the limit of usability. It’s incredible what exists now.

      • Jirka

        Me too. ISO 3200 on D80 was way more terrible than ISO 25000 on my D800. That is insane, i love this progress…


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    • To me it’s about the same as ISO 3200 was on my D300.

      If my memory serves, my first digital camera, a Canon EOS D30, could not go above ISO 400 without looking horrible.

      We really are living in an amazing world!

      I wonder how the ISO 102k shots are … it really looks like the ISO 200k ones are real world usable, at least for me.

  • Pragmatic_NYC

    Holy crap.

    Usually the files look a lot better on the computer than on the back of the camera. This is *really* impressive.

    • Siech

      Isn’t it the other way round? On the computer you see much more.

      • Scott

        It’s definitely the other way around. Plenty of times I’ve thought I had a good image and then saw it on my computer and was disappointed.

      • Pragmatic_NYC

        Yes, you do see much more, but in terms of high ISO noise it always seems worse on the camera. Possibly because the camera’s ability to process those large files graphically is limited relative to the computer and the screen is small and struggles with that amount of information. Of course, I’m just guessing about the reason.

        I recently did some work in which I was forced up into what I consider the ISO stratosphere — ISO 12K to 25K. I was using the current king of high ISO, the Sony A7s, and it was….okay. I mean, really good for that ISO, but the Sony tends to get a little muddy feeling, losing sharpness at those ISOs.

        So I did some stuff with my D3s, the previous champ. On the back of the camera I could tell they were sharper looking overall, more crisp than the Sony, but the noise looked awful. Probably the first time I had take the D3s up that high on a job, so I was really surprised at how much better the files were than I was expecting when I got everything loaded onto a computer.

  • Lars Holst Hansen

    “when I wanted to change the ISO, I was going to the wrong button…” Moving the mode button to make room for a dedicated ISO button is completely nuts! The mode button has been in the location near the shutter button since 1996 (F5) if I recall right! With D5 and D500 you can reprogram the record button to act as mode button, but if you use them along with a D4, D4s, D800, D810 and have the record for those programmed to ISO for stills (as Nikon recommends in the technical guide on how to make the cameras more responsive) you will get “button confusion”… What was wrong with using the record button as and extra ISO button during stills for the new cameras?

    • Eric Calabros

      So many people asked them to do it, and they did it. Blame the users 🙂

      • Lars Holst Hansen

        That may be true but I can repeat: “What was wrong with using the record button as and extra ISO button during stills for the new cameras?” My own answer is “nothing”! It worked perfectly fine – now it is broken…

    • PhilK

      Yeah, I understand the muscle-memory thing and all that but no need to get all crazy worked up, you can just swap the ISO/Mode buttons back to the old locations with the menu options, or just change the vid record button function. Sheesh.

      This is a key reason why Nikon has to go to the absurd length of making 2 different D5 models with different memory card configurations: if they leave it the same people complain (backwards, not staying competitive or adapting to technological advancements, etc etc), if they change it people complain. (“I’ve always done it that way!! How could you?!?!”)

      So now, instead of being able to take advantage of the smaller/lighter XQD form factor, they have to design the card area to keep that space open for the larger CF option even on the XQD version (note the big gap in the XQD memory card area underneath the cards) in case the user eventually wants to change to the CF version. Meaning the camera is larger than it has to be if it were simply designed for dual XQD.

      • Lars Holst Hansen

        It was not my intention to seem “crazy worked up”. I perfectly understand that it is not possible to leave everything as it is and still move forward but I may repeat my question: “What was wrong with using the record button as an extra ISO button during stills for the new cameras?” If it ain’t broken don’t fix it… – and brake it for others… It is true that you can remap, but the button locations will be swapped (you can get the Record button to act as Mode but the ISO button is fixed) – not great for responsiveness.

        • PhilK

          Well, maybe NPS they should do what they did back in the 1970s/1980s and make some special modifications for certain professional photographers for a tidy sum, on the flagship cameras. I seem to recall there were some special mods that put a bigger shutter button, changed the flash shoe, etc. 😉

          Or they could take a page out of Motorola’s smartphone playbook and offer interchangeable parts. (buttons) Probably non-trivial to remove/re-install that top plate tho..

        • Lars Holst Hansen

          I found the reference on the button remapping in the plethora of material floating around at the moment: (at 4:48). It is not 100% certain that you cannot remap the new ISO button but I doubt it. It would be perfectly possible though, as it is a matter of software.

  • Kyle

    I’d say Hi2 and possibly Hi3 at 819K would be salvageable with noise reduction in photoshop for emergency situations.


    • RMJ

      Hi3 looks much better than most of my cameras at ISO 6400. 🙂

      I’d totally use Hi3 for b&w or with heavy noise reduction if I’d have to get the shot no matter what. I often have to max out my own cameras to get the shot and they look much worse.

      • Nikon knows how to do high ISO.

        • Eric Calabros

          Imagine what they could do if they make a 4k sensor for a cinema camera. It’s 5.5k.

        • RMJ

          Yeah, they do know. It just that I use Nikon only and now my Nikons look just silly compared to this beast.

        • PhilK

          Oh but forget about all that, I’d rather have a DSLR that allows me to video record a whole jam band concert without stopping in 4K UHD. The heck with what the stills look like. /sarcasm

          May the blessings of your favorite deity be granted to Nikon for continuing to look after the interests of us old-fashioned still photographers. 🙂

          • Alas, that really is my situation since I can’t very well get out of the assignment of recording my girlfriend’s band :).

            But I really want this camera, because at the rate venues have been getting darker and darker, I’m wanting to shoot at higher and higher ISOs.

      • Eric Calabros

        at ISO 409,600 there is no pattern noise and blacks are black, all done by camera NR which has less time than a friction of second to do its job! Give it some Topaz DeNoise magic, and see the beauty 🙂

      • Gosh, most of those mid-high ISO shots appear to be much cleaner than my M240 at ISO 3200.

        Edit: originally wrote 320. Fixed.

  • Doug Laurent

    In my experience extremely high ISO numbers don’t mean that you can shoot with no light. Even the A7S2 always needs some light to get a useful result. The real test question would be with how little light the D5 still can work, and can deliver pro results to what ISO number.

    In general it would be better to have very good ISO 25.600 and nothing more, instead of pure numbers that go even much higher.

    I also wonder why nobody asks for a third dedicated ISO wheel. On the Sony A7II cameras I’ve set it to the third wheel on the back and that’s a great relief.

    • Lars Holst Hansen

      In p5 Nikon advices to remap the Record button to act as an extra ISO selector in combination with the rear command dial using via f16 for stills (also possible with D750, D800, D810 and D4s). This works perfectly fine as the record button is not used for stills but it is now broken if you intend to use the new cameras in combination with old. Now we get a dedicated ISO button (in connection with rear command dial) and the Mode button is moved to the left side. You can however now remap the Record button to act as an extra Mode button but you will then have different placement of Mode and ISO on new and older cameras – not good for responsiveness! I am told that many users asked for a dedicated ISO button on the right side but wonder if they knew about the Record button track and that they would loose the Mode button in its old and accessible place.

  • H1 & H2 seem usable, it is quite astonishing. I have never used H1 on any of my Nikon before.
    Now it would be interesting to see the results in bad lighting condition (real dim light vs simulated low light with fast shutter speed) and to get a raw file!

    • D700s

      Think of the possibilities now for indoor sports. Now f5.6@1500/sec looks possible to freeze action with clean results. Can’t wait to get it and test against my D4.

    • I’ve used HI1 on my D4 when I had absolutely no choice to get the shot. The picture was good enough to feature on one of my business cards, but I still wouldn’t recommend it except in a genuine emergency.

  • David Peterson

    wow, A7s killer! 😛 Well… A7s is still far far cheaper

    • But totally not aimed at the same market.

  • Patrick Wong

    Looks like D5 has dethroned Sony A7SII as the new ISO king

    • I think so too and it will stay on top for a while.

      • Eric Calabros

        1/8000 and f/22! It’s total darkness. Its not just low read noise, there must be a jump in pixel quantum efficiency. Though it’s jpeg but note all the data is in the left of histogram. Do some ETTR and I’m sure it will be better.
        I want this sensor in a new Df.

        • me too, this sensor in a Df2 but I think they will put the old 51 AF points system, because this is Nikon after all 🙂

          • Eric Calabros

            This new AF module needs a bit larger space, so maybe you are right. But even with D750 AF, it will be awesome.

          • Mike

            I’d buy that. I have no issues with the 51 pt AF system. 🙂

            • silmasan

              Yeah, Df2 with D5 sensor + CAM 3500FX would be awesome. Probably Q4 2017 if following the last schedule. Can’t wait for it — talk about the ultimate nighttime street camera (that won’t make you seem too suspicious)!

            • I am afraid that Nikon will make the Df2 with D4s tech. I hope I am wrong.

            • stormwatch

              More likely with D610 tech.

            • silmasan

              Well, that still would make it what the Df should have been. But I’m not sure 16MP FX will still be sellable by then (talking pure marketing perspective).

          • PhilK

            I’d be OK with the “old” 51 points system on a DF2, that’s a big improvement from the rinky-dink thing that’s in there now.

            • I still don’t understand why Nikon has to continue this strategy. Can they just release a small body with the same D5 tech? A good analogy is the iPhone 6 and 6+ – same tech, different size and price and both are selling well.

            • PhilK

              Not sure what aspect you’re referring-to. I think there are segment positioning issues and technology issues. The technology issues are quite a bit different than a smartphone that just has a larger display panel and case. 😉

              The thing that annoys me the most is the small AF point coverage in the full-frame cameras. Apparently they have an AF sensor that is so sophisticated that it’s too costly to engineer/produce it in 2 sizes: one for the DX bodies and a larger one for the FX bodies. Or so it appears.

            • PhilK

              Another possibility is that the angle of incidence on an FX sensor is much greater near the edges/corners of the frame, causing AF accuracy issues if they try to put AF points too close to the corners/edges.

            • Nikon always tries to hinder lower models on purpose. I would love to have the D5 in a smaller body and I am willing to pay premium for it. Why they had to put their lowest AF system in the Df that costed almost $3k. How big of a deal would it be if they included the better 51 AF system in the Df?

            • PhilK

              But isn’t that what they just did with the D5/D500, more or less? (Well, except the D500 is DX. So what you’re saying is basically a new version of the D700. 😉 )

              The Df seems to be in a product category of its own, with different priorities. I understand why they probably feel that someone who is using old AI lenses on it doesn’t care as much about AF as a more “typical” user.

              But at this point, since the 51-point system has been around since 2007 and is now officially “2nd-tier” after the D5/D500 announcement, it should be fairly cheap/easy for them to use the “old” 51-point system in a DF2.

              (One other potential issue is battery-life – it’s possible the 51-point system has higher power consumption because of the higher computational power required to drive it. And if they re-design that processor with modern silicon to get the power usage down, it might negate the price advantage of using the older tech)

            • AC

              Something like D3/D700? Maybe next year…

            • Exactly, why they did not continue that strategy? I think the D700 sold very well. Was it underpriced?

            • Michiel953

              I thought the general perception (I haven’t seen any figures to back that up though) was that D700 sales partly cannibalized D3 sales.

              There’s actually not a lot wrong with that (and you don’t have to use the word “cannibalize” neitehr); you just have to adjust your business plan for duo cameras.

              P.s.: I really liked and loved my D700 (I was processing some forgotten 2012 files last night; still amazed at image quality), even though I know the D8xx series is a vast improvement.

            • yes, basically make it more expensive

            • Michiel953

              Well, “expensive” and “more expensive” are terms that have to be seen in a business context. Would a duo of cameras like that work, from a business point of view?

            • captaindash

              Yes. Just ask Apple. They don’t worry about cannibalizing their own sales. Worked out pretty good for them so far…

            • silmasan

              I still keep mine too! Gorgeous little thing.

            • D700 is still amazing for me. I still want a D700 replacement. I know that D8xx is the best dslr camera in terms of image quality (and maybe overall performance). But I really cannot afford 36mp of image resolution. I’m just an enthusiast, taking photo for fun. I invested $1500 for a Zeiss lens but I really don’t want to spend money for upgrading my computer. Even the 24mp image of the Sony A6000 (from my friend) makes the photoshop really slow.

              For me the best resolution is around 16mp (20mp is acceptable). I really like the 16mp sensor in the Df, but I don’t like an inferior AF system compared to D700. My D700 will be too old in the next 2 years. Hope I can find a replacement.

            • Well, the D5 in theory does everything you want, if you could afford it and lift it. (For all my griping, I’m still quite likely to buy it.)

              But couldn’t you buy the D800 series and tell it to shoot lower resolution images? I’m pretty sure there’s a menu option for that, if you really want to use it.

            • No, there isn’t a menu option to get the same RAW files just downsampled. sRAW is basically a joke, and the only other option would be to shoot JPEG medium.

              So no, if you buy a D800/810, you are stuck with the processing cost afterwards.

            • Surely I cannot afford a D4/D5. And what I like about Nikon is the capability of shadow recovery from the raw file. When I shoot backlit portrait without flash, I underexpose the model face and bring it back in Capture NX2. So what I can do with the D800 is still shooting at full resolution, recovering the shadow and downsampling in Capture NX2 and then processing in Photoshop.

            • As I get older and have a harder time lifting my D4, I have to admit that a smaller and lighter D5 equivalent would be nice.

              I was thinking of downsizing to the D810 for that reason. it will be interesting to see how much of a high ISO improvement we see on the D820, since the D810 looks almost as capable as my D4.

              i also understand the D800 series’ higher resolution sensor apparently could map better to 4K video …

            • same here 🙂

    • If all that is important is clean high ISOs, someone’s liquid cooling sensor-and-lens combo will destroy this. Unless you really don’t care about HOW or WHAT your camera is intended for, and the only thing that matters is ISO, I don’t see how either the A7 or D5 fit into the same sentence.

    • HKer

      I have the A7RII, even though it may be pretty clean at high iso, my experience is that it really struggles to focus in low light. So much so that is it pretty unreliable for work. D4s was miles ahead in focusing in low light. Can’t wait for the D5!

      • Nikkor300f4VR

        All Sony’s will functioning a brilliant doorstops & paperweight after March this year..
        ..a bloody expensive doorstop though.. 😀

        • Singani Mamiya

          Yes, all Sonys, Canons, Fujis, Hasselblad, PhaseOne, Leica, Oly, Panasonic, as well as all other Nikon cameras will stop to operate in March and be totally worthless. 🙂

          • Nikkor300f4VR

            Do not underestimate the Power of the Dark Side.. Hahaha.. 😀

      • Singani Mamiya

        What lenses do you use? With native f/1.4 to f/2 lenses it is really good.

  • RX78

    wow, now I’m really really gonna get a D5 for sure, this high ISO just freaking awesome !! 😀

    I won’t really need push all the way to Hi5 , but the Hi 1 seems like very usable, and even without push , just stay 100k ISO already very usable…..

  • Jayson Tanega

    The New Prince of Darkness!

  • This looks awesome, thanks Peter for staying on top of news about the new cameras!

    I think I’ll start saving money now…

  • Knut-Sverre Horn

    The big question: How much detail and dynamic range is lost at super-high ISO?

    • Lars Holst Hansen

      Hi Knut-Sverre! We will just have to await some proper independent measurements! Cheers,

  • Eno

    Impressive! Now we can speculate D500 ISO 200K should similarly look to ISO 400K on D5, which is fantastic.

  • Trond Arild Ydersbond

    I think it’s quite interesting to see how that histogram changes shape as the ISO is cranked up..

  • Jirka

    I guess that the native highest iso limit (ISO 100K) will be usable in certain situations such as war photography etc. Higher ISOs which are not native and are only electronically pushed up are just advertising stuff, I think.

    I am very excited to see how well D5 performs against sony a7s in terms of immage noise level.

    I hope that ISO 12000 will be as clean as ISO 100 😛

  • Jirka

    Look how noisy is D5 at ISO 1,638,400. D500 must be way more noisy at this setting due to smaller senzor size.

    • PhilK

      I think they already took that into consideration by reducing the highest “normal” and “Boosted” ISOs on the D500 by one stop compared to the D5.

    • Yasfaloth

      That’s right, and it’s the reason why it should be awesome if I could get clean images at ISO 10800 with the D500… and those pictures give me some hope !

  • Esstee

    Very nice
    Looks like ISO6400 will finally be acceptable to use for most studio shots now

    • Eric Calabros

      You use candles in your studio?

      • Esstee

        I do candle shots, but prefer natural lighting personally.

  • stormwatch

    Sorry, but this pictures are completely useless. We’ll have to wait to see the out of camera RAW’s.

    • HF

      Agree. Pics from the back of the LCD give an indication, but nothing more. People get too excited much too fast. My high ISO pics always look much better on the back of the LCD than on my 5K monitor.

      • whisky

        i’d like to see how they come out on four colo(u)r press.

    • Terry Hansen

      That’s a bit harsh. These screenshots are far from “completely useless”. They are an early indicator, and only an early indicator, as our NR Admin readily states.

      I, for one, find this series to be a useful hint of what may soon be demonstrated via actual RAW images. But even as LCD screenshots, the higher ISO shots are clearly above the quality of what I would have expected to see from LCD screenshots of previous Nikon models.

      While I do eagerly await actual sample images, I thank NR for at least providing these in the interim.

      • stormwatch

        LCD screens can’t show anything properly. Picture on such small high resolution screens always look way better than on screen or prints 🙂

        • Properly? Not, indeed. But indicative? Indeed.

          And they are very useful for comparative purposes. Take a shot with your current camera at max high ISO, and compare.

        • captaindash

          Screen size doesn’t really come into play when it’s a 100% crop.

          • stormwatch

            Yes it comes. Quality of the LCD display on camera, angle of view, reflections, resolution, in camera noise reduction which can be seen only during the image preview – when I have seen it for the first time on Canon 60D I was laughing for a half an hour.

            • captaindash

              You’re not wrong, but the new screen has a really good resolution, plus these, being on a screen, are jpegs anyway. RAW files are certainly better, but that doesn’t mean these are “completely useless”. I guarantee you can tell an LCD cap from this camera at high ISO vs an entry level model at the same ISO. That means there is a bit of useful information there.

            • stormwatch

              Did I say anything about the quality of D5 and D500 high ISO samples? No! But having pictured LCD screen as a reference of quality is ridiculous…at least. It’s the same when somebody instead of link to an article posts a screenshot made with handy.

  • slimysnot

    My D90 at 1600 ISO looks like the D5 3 million ISO! 😀

    • whisky

      ha! i looked at that and read I SOLD … 🙂

  • Sebastien

    Seems impressive. Looking forward for high ISO shots from the D500.

  • Michiel953

    I hope the official standing by put a stop to the erratic walking around the showroom. That really can’t be tolerated.

  • Doug Laurent

    Any button to change ISO is an unnecessary in between step, when it would be easier to change the value with a wheel directly. I wonder why Nikon and Canon do not come up with innovations for that, like also presenting a modern top display instead of the 80’s Casio style. On the A7R2/S2 you can assign up to 11 buttons/wheels with anything you like, and if settings are done right, working is much faster than with all the DSLR offerings – while DSLRs easily could offer the same freedom.

    • silmasan

      Cough cough how about voice command as well? *Whisper* ‘I-S-O sixty four hundred!’

      • Doug Laurent

        Seems you have only used automatic modes and are mentally trapped in the last decade if you think that dedicated ISO wheels and even voice commands are useless and funny.

        • silmasan

          Why are you being defensive/offensive sir? I genuinely think voice commands are the fastest way to make changes (when the situation allows for it), that I’m baffled why we’re not there yet. Siri & Cortana should help popularize this. So I think it’s both useful and funny.

    • Lars Holst Hansen

      It is totally correct that “Any button to change ISO is an unnecessary in between step” but button press and dial turn makes for a very good “insurance” that settings are not changed indeliberately. You are totally entitled to wish for another dial. I am fine by using the rear dial as I will not be using it for other things in the meantime.

      • Doug Laurent

        If an insurance-button is good for ISO, shouldn’t be an insurance button for shutter speed and f-stop changes as well?

        • Lars Holst Hansen

          You are right! I third dial may come one day if enough users ask for it… or if Nikon thinks it is a good idea. Personally I don’t miss it.

          • Doug Laurent

            Personally, the only rare times I write something on the net is, when there is a certain goal to improve something – in this case to publicly say loud what Nikon could do better in coming releases like a D810 follow up. It will help all users and Nikon if potential customers clearly say what they are missing or would like. It’s absolutrely not negative or just to dis something for fun.

    • Just asking: are you shooting in Manual mode all the time such that both wheels are used? I shoot mostly in A, and with EasyISO I do have the rear wheel (keep forgetting if it’s “main” or “sub” dial) for changing ISO. Just changing between Auto and non-Auto needs button press.

      • Doug Laurent

        It depens on the situations, but surely for video an ISO-wheel would be more important than one for the shutter speed, as shutter speed usually stays the same. As with the 80’s style Casio top display, my remarks are not so much about one particular missing option, it’s about a general lack of innovation in newer Nikon or Canon DSLRs. Yet they missed the big step going towards mirrorless full frame, but even all the many cool improvements of the competition they could have done even within a DSLR with mirror (like focus peaking) they didn’t deliver. It feels like as if Nikon says: if we give away everything now, what is left to add in 2-4 years?

        • Wait, we’re comparing lack of ISO-dedicated wheel (UI) with the general lack of progress towards mirrorless/etc. (technology)? I don’t think these are the same…

          • Doug Laurent

            It’s basically the same. You just need to take an A7R2 and make a list with all the dozens of things that are cool about it and not available in a Nikon or Canon DSLR. Then you have some points that are not possible because it’s not mirrorless, and lots of points that could have been implemented. Even with just two wheels more button/function menu flexibility would make handling better. Why shouldn’t you be able to place ANY function on one of the two top wheels?

            If the A7R2 wouldn’t have a photo buffer problem which makes it impossible to use for certain photo jobs, i wouldn’t complain and simply forget about Nikon and Canon already.

            Nikon should at least try to adopt as many things so that you can say: ok, a Sony has these 10 advantages over the Nikon, but the Nikon camera has 10 different advantages over the Sony. Unfortunately the list of cool, new, important features like in-body-stabilization etc is a lot longer in favor of Sony. I associate the history of Nikon as being the #1 or #2 brand in photography because of up to date product quality.

            Since a while it feels as if they are always a bit behind – just look at most of the lens lineup. Sigma and Tamron have been way behind, now many of their new glass is outperforming the Nikkors.

            • Ah, yes, I understand your point better now. I agree on some things, not on all though, but I get the point.

    • captaindash

      I don’t understand the displays neither. It’s like they jacked a Texas Instruments calculator display from 1983. They aren’t that expensive.

  • I was expecting to see comments how “unusable” and “noisy” the images at the expanded ISO settings of the D5. Good to know that people are wel impressed, I’m tired of the internet flaming and hatred (to any damn thing).

    Back on the topic. This innovation makes me admire Nikon cameras more than ever. I rarely used expanded ISOs, but this simply means that the native range will definitely be cleaner and usable.
    Remembering the days when I can shoot with my D700 at 4000 ISO and the Canon 5D Mark II just can’t keep up at 1000… Hail to the king of low light!

    • Ralf

      Canon has announced ME20F-SH which tops out at over 4 million ISO and has a full frame 35mm sensor already last summer. Back then the product was supposed to ship in December 2015 – at the whopping price of $30,000 but B&H offers it for a mere $20k. For that price you even get back a buck of change!

      The secret of the camera’s sensitivity and good (relativly) speaking image quality is the area size of the pixels on the sensor die – just Full HD on a 35mm sensor.

      Okay, this is not a competitor for Nikon’s D range of cameras. But it shows others have the secret high-ISO sauce as well.

      • I agree. Though that said camera is for specialty uses. My statement is obviously for the DSLR market.

  • Ralf

    Every once in a while I need a usable picture and quality is secondary to that. In a situation like that I’d happily use HI-5 if it’s that which makes the job possible


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      Is a full-size, unedited *.NEF available, Singani?

  • nicolaie

    ISO 400.000 looks pretty unusable for serious stuff, I mean, how bad can the light be if you need to shoot 400.000 ISO. But 200.000 looks pretty usable with some fiddling. I bet 12.800 and 25.600 will be fully useable and it’s fantastic news.

    I used max. 3200 and 6400 on occasion on the D700 for years, these new cameras will be great !

  • silmasan

    Hahaha, I was seeing it across the room, it does make a fine decoration/props item (though a Df would always steal the show).

  • Curtis

    If you shoot RAW, you don’t need the extreme ISO settings.

    The D4s becomes “ISO-less” around ISO 1600, and the Sony sensors even lower.

    In other words, shooting at ISO 1600 and pushing 4 stops in post yields the same results as shooting with the same exposure at ISO 25,600. By raising the ISO past 1600 with the D4s, you are only decreasing your highlight headroom.

    The exception to this is if you want to shoot in aperture priority mode and use a higher ISO setting to cause the camera to select higher shutter speeds.

    These crazy-high ISO settings Nikon is offering are just a marketing gimmick.

    • captaindash

      I’ve always wanted to see an actual comparison test of that. Hopefully some blog will (or has, I’m just too lazy to look)

  • bgbs

    I’d say H2 is usable, but everything after that quickly starts to break down, as evident by sudden purple fringe.

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