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Nikon D4, D3s, D800 @ ISO 50 to Max — Actual Pixels

Following up on yesterday’s scintillating comparison of the Nikon D4 to the D3s and D800 from ISO 50 to ISO 202800 which used a print-enlargement approach, today’s comparison present actual pixels crops from the Nikon D4/D3s/D800.

I provide some generously-sized crops to help you decide for yourself, including the usual mouse-over series and A/B comparison tool.

Nikon D800

Reader comments

Dan M writes:

Dang, that last comparison about the D800 vs the D4 and D3s at various ISO levels is perplexing. It seems to render the D4 a pure action camera, used to provide superior results only when the image recognition and AF of the D4 overwhelm the ability of the D800 in similar circumstances. If you owned both, you'd never pick up the D4 for a still shot.

Things get a bit squirrely when Nikon splits the talents of it's top cameras this far. The sports and news shooters won't care and will stick with the D4. You go with the D4, I'm guessing, when the alternative is a high risk of not getting the shot at all.

DIGLLOYD: Pros need to rely on build quality, frame rate, ergonomics, etc and the simple fact is that the Nikon D4 (or D3s) handles a double page magazine spread with aplomb.

What I want is a D4x with 58 megapixels. Or a D4x with the D800 sensor at least.

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