Upgrading a camera is always a time for reflection. Is the new one worth the extra money or should I just continue with what I already own.
Having owned a Nikon D700 for a while I was interested in the new D800. I was then disappointed in what I saw. 36Mp is rather large (over 42Mb images when shooting RAW), ISO up to 6,400 as standard – same as my D700, two different card slots – I normally use CompactFlash but now need an SD card as well.
Various buttons have moved as well to make room for the video setup. Now video is one area I was interested in using. It was sorely missing from my D700.
Having weighed up the pros and cons of the new camera I decided to stay with my D700 for the foreseable future. It could print to A3 at roughly 300dpi and low light shots up to 3,200 ISO looked fantastic.
Then a friend kindly lent me his D800 for a week. That was not a good idea. I was able to investigate the camera and what it was capable of.
Damm. It’s good.
36Mp allows me to print up to A2 at 300dpi. I love printing large. The dynamic range is quite high at 11 stops. The level of detail you can get from the sensor is fantastic. It shoots better at 6,400 ISO than my D700 did at 3,200.
Some people say it’s not fast enough but for my purposes 4fps is fast enough. I mainly shoot at 2fps and have done for many years. Just think how fast you’d fill a memory card rattling off shots at 8fps.
Here is a photo taken last week showing the full 7630 x 4912 (36Mp) resolution available.
and this is the equivalent D700 file size at 4256 x 2832 (12Mp).
If you click on the links you’ll see the size difference.
This camera is made for detail and whilst you have to be careful in how you take a photo you can get some lovely images out of it.