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Nikon D300 Digital SLR - Test shots - Detail and contrast

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's my usual DSLR test shot of Sidmouth sea front. You can click on the image to view the full-res photo, or see the crop below. This shot was taken using the AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 ED lens, and is processed from a 12-bit RAW shot using Photoshop CS3.

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If you compare this with various 10MP DSLRs you'll see there isn't a a huge advantage to 12 megapixels. However a more telling comparison is to the Sony Alpha A700.

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This was shot with the D-Lighting function turned off.

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This was shot with the D-Lighting set to standard.

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This was taken with the D-Lighting set to maximum. As you can see it has rescued a lot of shadow detail while maintaining the highlights.

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