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What's the best reason to buy a Nikon D800?

DigitalDarrell

Knoxville, US
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Thu 29-Mar-12 03:40 PM

All those extra pixels are the reason for this camera's existence. I read so many discussions where the D800 is compared to other Nikons and Canons as to image quality, as if the D800 needs to have amazingly better image quality.

No! That's not the point. The image quality on the D800 is comparable to other fine Nikons and Canons and Sonys, etc. All well-made digital cameras have great image quality these days.

The point of the D800 is not whether it has better noise control than a D700, or is not as fast as a D4. The whole point behind the D800 is one major thing: a gigantic number of pixels, placing the camera soundly in the medium format range of resolution. Cropping is back! Huge prints are easy! Fine art shooting is enhanced.

As long as the image quality is as good as the D700 or D7000, and not worse than any Canon or Sony, I am completely happy. I now have excellent image quality and the highest resolution available in the 35mm-size market, for a reasonable price.

The fact that DxO rates this camera's sensor as the best 35mm sensor on earth today, with a 14.4 EV (stop) dynamic range and superb IQ, is merely icing on the cake!

Sure there are niggly problems, as with all cameras. No camera is perfect for everyone. However, the D800 is the best camera for what it is designed to do, blow all other 35mm cameras out of the water when it comes to resolution.

These may be fighting words for some. However, for the many, it is reality! Buy a D800 for the resolution...

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Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com
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