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Nikon D800
Nikon D800

ISO Series from 50 to 12800 (Mosaic)

Here is examined noise from ISO 100 through ISO 6400, plus what Nikon calls ISO L1.0 (50) and Hi-1 (12800). The shutter speed maxed-out at 1/8000, so Hi-2 was not tested.

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Noise and megapixels

An appropriate and meaningful comparison of noise must always be considered in context of the camera megapixels, not an absolute on a per pixel basis. After all, one can downsample the Nikon D800 images to the resolution of the Nikon D3s (12MP) or the Canon 5D Mark III (22MP), etc, and downsampling reduces the appearance of noise.

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