Nikon D800 : studio scene comparison shot at dpreview (wow!)


dpreview just published their helpful studio scene comparison shot of the Nikon D800 which, thanks to its 36-megapixel CMOS sensor, can be compared to the Pentax 645D medium format camera (40-megapixel). By default, the comparison page at dpreview for the D800 is set to compare its image quality to the Pentax 645D, the Sony Alpha 900 (24-megapixel as the Nikon D3x) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II (21-megapixel).

What I see in this page :

  • The nikon D800 is a huge upgrade in resolution to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I hoped the pixel count would be delivered on the image and it is the case.
  • The D800 is almost equivalent to the Pentax 645D which is what Nikon intended. The 645D sensor is not filtered by any optical low-pass filter but its image is still a bit smooth to me compared to the EOS 5D Mark II image that, albeit a lower pixel count, seems sharp. Can’t wait to see what the Nikon D800E will do on this comparison image.
  • I compared the D800 to the D700 and the difference is stuning even though we could expect it. If you do the test, slide to the martini bottle and go to the smallest lines on the label. With the D700, you can not read the text whereas, with the D800, you easily can.
  • The Nikon D3x is not worse the money Nikon is asking for compared to the D800’s resolution unless you really need its tough body.

I am planning on getting my hands on a D800 within 1-2 weeks. Stock around as I will post its images and full review as soon as I can. By the way, within the 5 next days, I’ll publish :

  • The Fujifilm X-Pro1 review
  • The Canon G1 X review
  • The Fujifilm X-S1 review

I am also planning a contest next month. I’d like to know which camera you’d rather win. Help me answering to the poll on my Facebook page.

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