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D3 Noise compared to D800 Noise

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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Tue 27-Mar-12 08:55 PM | edited Tue 27-Mar-12 09:03 PM by Arkayem

I took a couple of the identical images with my D3 and D800, using the same lens, at ISO's 3200 and 6400, for a quick practical comparison of the noise of the two cameras.

I uploaded the full-sized jpeg plus a 100% crop of the clock from each one to a SmugMug gallery. The clock appears magnified in the D800 images because of the higher resolution.

Here's the link:

http://www.russmacdonaldphotos.com/Smugmug-Site-Galleries/D3-vs-D800/22140820_3WZKR5#!i=1767823335&k=MmHqdGv

This gallery is completely open and you can look at the originals and download them.

It is pretty amazing to me that the noise in the D800 and D3 images appears to be just about the same!

All these images clean up beautifully with a little bit of noise reduction in LightRoom 4.

I have used ISO 6400 on my D3 on many occassions, but I never expected to be able to do the same with the D800, and these images prove otherwise.

Russ
Nikonian Team Member
Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

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