First Nikon D850 vs. D810 high ISO comparison published online *UPDATED*


Foto Info published the first Nikon D850 vs. D810 high ISO comparison (click for larger view):

ISO 3,200:

ISO 6,400:

ISO 12,800:

ISO 25,600:

Conclusion (Google translation):

It seems that Nikon has managed to improve image quality with high ISO settings. This is especially noticeable with ISO 12800 and 25600 (Nikon D810 Hi1). However, the digital noise pattern is quite different than that of the Nikon D810. Despite the less color noise, the Nikon D850 has a slightly more pronounced Luminance noise, probably due to a completely new light sensor and a different way of processing and sharpening the image. We will be able to get the right comparison as it will be possible to compare the photos in RAW format. At ISO 6400, the Nikon D850's image was slightly sharper, which was because of my error, it was fiercely slightly out of the comparison point.

Update - Bojan uploaded a new set of ISO comparison:

ISO 3,200:

ISO 6,400:

ISO 12,800:

ISO 25,600:


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  • vilaroimages .

    Is it Just me or are the D850 shots above more noisy than the D810 at the same settings with NR off? Looks that way to me.

    • sandy

      I see just the opposite. More detail, less noise in the 850.

  • bobgrant

    My D800 and D810 are wonderful. But I know a better camera when I see it, from features on up to the sensor. I’ll order one after the dust settles…maybe after the holidays in case of any early issues. I’m really looking forward to it. Looks like Nikon created a “do everything” camera and knocked it out of the park. We’ll see some green-eyed folks trying to insist otherwise, as usual.

  • jtang128

    Nikon should develop Two Nikon D850 with two different megapixel cameras, one is use Nikon new designed sensor and one is use D810 senor. to see which is best seller.

    • David Gottlieb

      Huh? Why? Scratching my head!!!!! There is the D810 which exists and it has the D810 sensor. Why would Nikon build a D850 with a D810 sensor??? You can compare the sensors now if you wish. Just get a D810 and D850 in your hands. Use the one you prefer. I am going for the D850 for many reasons, not just mp or IQ…..

  • Frank O’brien

    With ISO NR ON there is a difference, slight better edges can be noticed on D850 and the noise reduction in general is performed better. But at NR OFF honestly the so much glorified ISO performance does not seem nothing better at all (IN THE NORMAL ISO RANGE UP TO 6400). this should be the impressive Back light sensor? in case I would congrats Nikon to have known how to tie with Sony sensor. they shown us they know how to make them, but in terms of IQ, it seems tie to me, despite the new BSI sensor.

  • David Gottlieb

    Relax barry… Relax…
    When Peter can substantiate that a rumor about a mirrorless Nikon could possibly be true, and not just another piece of fake news that is out there, then I am sure he will post. He might post in a day or maybe in a few months. Who knows. Patience. Enjoy the cameras you now have. Don’t worry about future products….

  • Bret M

    Kind of a useless comparison using in-camera JPEGs instead of RAW. Who knows what kind of processing is going on – just because NR is set to off doesn’t mean the camera isn’t doing some kind of filtering to the file.
    Additionally, no very detailed subjects or gradients where you can really see whats going on 1:1.

    • I’ve said that to myself maybe a half-dozen times about different DX and FX Nikon sensors over the last ~15 years. And while it is a valid concern, this ain’t a Sony body, with all due respect to Sony, it’s *just* a Sony fab’d sensor.

      In short, if in-camera NR is turned to OFF for both comparison cameras, you can usually bet it is a pretty solid approximation of how noticeable the difference will be in NEF capture, even when processed in a third-party raw converter.

      That is to say, this may be quite accurate of what *Nikon* raw processing will look like with noise reduction turned off, but since Nikon’s in-house software generally differs much from third-party software, especially with respect to sharpening and noise reduction, …this may NOT be at all what the NEF files look like in Lightroom, but the *difference* itself in noise levels will still be approximately the same amount.

      • Bret M

        I hope, and believe, that you are right on this. I’m just so interested in getting to view some good full size high iso samples that I think my cynical side got the better of me writing that first post. Cheers

  • bonem

    Is the backlight sensor new tech to the camera world? Did Nikon patent it at some point? What are possible issues we have to look forward to? And how much better can it get? K, go!

  • Vitaliy Gyrya

    High ISO performance of D850 does look noticeably better (1/2 a stop?).
    But one has to keep in mind that major upgrades of D850 should be in tilt screen, AF, frame rate, full frame 4K. The later could be the reason for the choice of the sensor resolution.

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