In reading these posts, a lot of talk is about downsizing the D800 images. Please explain exactly what you mean by downsizing.....And....Why on earth would anyone want to downsize an image? What's the use of all those megapixels, if you turn around and get rid of some of them?????
#1. "RE: Please explain "downsizing"...." In response to Reply # 0
What that is really referring to is applying high megapixels to a print or a standard output size.
You can make the dots of ink smaller, in which case noise becomes insignificant. But printers already have their limits and your optimum remains 260-300 dpi.
So instead you would "downsize" the image - combining 3 pixels of a 36 MP image into a single pixel for rendering in a normal print. This means that noise is a small amount of the result, and virtually disappears.
DxO uses a standard size print to evaluate all the different cameras with different sensor sizes. That print size is 30x20cm or approximately 12x8 inches.
You could pick an alternative size - 30x20 inches inf you wanted. That requires upsizing. That would mean that each pixel of a D3 needs to be converted to 2 pixels - and any noise would result in twice as much noise.
You would not be throwing anything away - just evaluating based on a common output. But if you want to compare images from two FX cameras, the idea is you should compare the same size print from both rather than a much larger print on a camera with more pixels.
#3. "RE: Please explain "downsizing"...." In response to Reply # 0
Eric is explaining what DxO does to come up with a common print size for comparison purposes.
I downsize in order to view different camera photos on the computer at the same size for comparison purposes.
I use a D3X which has an image size of 6,048 X 4,032 pixels or 24.4 mp.
I compare the images to my D700 with is 4,256 X 2,832 pixels or 12.1 mp.
I do this by viewing my D3X photo in CS5 and looking at the image size of the photo. It shows 6,046 and 4,032. I change that to 4,256 and 2,832. And save it. If my D3X and D700 photos were of the exact same scene I now have two photos of the exact same size and I can compare the quality of both to each other. If I'm looking at the noise of the D3X photo at 100%, the noise is slightly reduced when down sizing to the D700 size.
Unlike the DxO results which show the D700 noise as slightly better then the D3X noise, I find the D3X has ever so slightly less noise then the D700 after downsizing on my computer screen. Here is a comparison of my D3X and D700 side by side after down sizing.
The D3X photo is on the left. This is a comparison of photos taken at ISO 6400 and enlarged 100%.
I get the same results every time I run these comparison tests.