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Nikon D810 vs D800E at ISO 3200, and is the D810 Sharper than the D800E? White Balance Diff?

Get at B&H Photo: Nikon D810

The idea of comparing the D810 to the D800E at ISO 3200 did not exert much appeal to me, but part of exploring a new camera and particularly dynamic range, is seeing what it can do at high ISO.

This study took three days, meaning that the results were interesting enough that I wanted to confirm and confirm the first attempt. So I actually shot the test three times on three consecutive days to rule out anything erroneous (and I confirmed some things at ISO 100 as well). There was no disputing the consistent behavior.

By the time I was done with my analysis, I found that this is surely the most interesting test of the D810 yet: color balance, sharpness, noise all are of interest.

D810 vs D800E: ISO 3200 Noise + White Balance + Sharpness (Decorated Bike)

ISO 3200
Nikon D810 + Zeiss Otus 55/1.4 APO-Distagon

Jan S writes:

Just to let you know that I thought your comparison between the 800E and the 810 is excellent, worth my recent renewal all by itself.

That doesn't mean you should slack off right now - keep it coming, please. I'm definitely going to hang in there until I see your review of the other two Otus lenses currently still in the birth canal -- and, just maybe, another look at a working model of the Nikon 300mm f2.8 (come on, B&H, do send him another one) . . .

Alfred S writes:

Have yet to thank you for all the great things you do, THANK YOU! This article is so profound, instructing me not to just think about white balance and noise academically, but what it is that white balance and noise actually/physically do, your "toggle comparisons" are the best education one can ever hope to get.

DIGLLOYD: the apertures series and toggles are very instructive and I try to include them in all my work. There are mouse-over aperture series and all of those can be used as toggles also with the A/B mode. But sometimes a simple A/B of one vs the other is best, as in this particular effort.

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