How does the D7000 compare to the D800 DX crop mode? For owners with both I am curious about the pros and cons. Like ISO, colour and dynamic range. Considering they are approximately the same mega pixels.
I got the idea from another post and I would like to know if the D800 wins.
"We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are" - Anaïs Nin
I've only tested very crudely but there seems to be a visible advantage to the D800 in terms of noise. Also features like great metering and AF means that when conditions become more challenging, the D800 wins. The D7000 has been the best DX crop camera for IQ and now it looks like it only have to take the back seat to a single camera, the D800. Someone with more careful tests might have a different opinion but all the support subsystems of the D800 are so good that even with identical sensor performance, the edge in exposure, WB, AF and DR are going to show up. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I realize this wasn't your question, but for those who are wondering...
The D800 in DX crop mode doesn't just make it handle like a true DX camera. The issue is in the viewfinder. You'll see a box that outlines the DX crop area but the viewfinder image still shows the full FX size. You'll have to use some more mental grunt to frame scenes appropriately when using DX crop on the D800. The silver lining is the 51AF points darn near completely fill the DX crop area. So now you have a lot of options for choosing AF points throughout the DX area.
Just some food for thought for anyone thinking "I'll get a D800 and just use it in DX crop mode since I have DX lenses".
I was elaborating on the limitations of the DX mode of the D800 given the FX viewfinder. It's pertinent if choosing one camera or the other...you'll get a nasty surprise if you think you'll use the D800 in DX mode all the time. It's a compromise in usability.
All a matter of taste I suppose. Personally I like the larger view of out of DX frame action so I can see the subject in total scene context. I can see if a slightly different framing could be a better perspective. I wish the D7000 VF has 110% coverage.
I've tried my DX only lenses on the D800 and they all perform better, including the 18-105, 35 1.8 and 10-20. I remember the first predictions that the D800 would be too difficult to hand hold or to supply high enough quality lenses for. I was pretty sure those comments were not correct and posted my opinion that it would not make modest lenses perform worse and might even resurrect a few that people have sitting on the shelf. What the high res does, however, is make great lenses perform even greater. My 24 1.4 and 24-70 both are wonderful on the D7000 but spectacular on the d800. The difference in micro-contrast, color, AF speed is visible immediately. just looking through the VF. The resulting files have extended flexibility, and a dream to post process because they start life as very close to the way you would want. Straight Out of Camera has become a viable option for high end prints. Instead of the specialize overly civilized studio camera I am getting the impression that it is the Swiss Army knife of the camera world, that can do just about anything you want involving light with less effort or complexity. Stan St Petersburg Russia
>All a matter of taste I suppose. Personally I like the larger >view of out of DX frame action so I can see the subject in >total scene context. I can see if a slightly different framing >could be a better perspective. I wish the D7000 VF has 110% >coverage.
Never really thought about it this way, but it's an interesting perspective to potentially help with composition.
Another benefit of the D800 with DX lenses is that you can turn off Auto DX mode. The camera will continue to shoot full frame and you'll just get the black vignette of the DX lens. While the whole frame isn't usable, you can certainly get more out of an image with Auto DX mode turned off and some creative cropping. It seems to make my Sigma 10-20 more of a 8-18.
There is another post relevant to this post, DigitalDarrell posted some images in the post "Why I like, no, why I LOVE my Nikon D800?" - one of those is of the moon shot with an 80-400mm lens. I had a similar photo shot with a D7000 and the 80-400mm lens. I linked to my image about half way down in that post.
Both images are significantly cropped and ended up about the same size and posted at the full crop size.
Indeed, an over-sized VF. That's exactly what the Leica people say is an advantage of their VF: it negates the so-called ''tunnel vision'' of DSLRs, allowing for better predictability of the frame and thus better composition. So, with an FX camera shooting in DX mode, you have the same advantage. I call it the Leica advantage, ever since I learned about it... PS: I love my D800 too!