An optimally-exposed RAW has benefits even at the base ISO of 100 for the Nikon D800E / D800, whose noise performance is already excellent. But with optimal ETTR exposure, the already low noise of the Nikon D800E (or D800) can be made truly outstanding.
JPEG is not an option, as it blows out the exposure required for optimal noise performance. But JPEG blurs away so much fine detail anyway, its use is a natural noise-suppressant—a cutting off the nose to spite the face technique.
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