Nikon D800 - Sample Images: ISO Performance



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Nikon D800 ISO test
Original image @ ISO 100.

Nikon D800 ISO 100
ISO 100 shows plenty of sharpness and fine detail…

Nikon D800 ISO 200
…as does ISO 200.

Nikon D800 ISO 400
At ISO 400 and noise is still being kept at bay and the image retains plenty of detail.

Nikon D800 ISO 800
At ISO 800 the D800’s sensor is still doing an admirable job of keeping noise at bay.

Nikon D800 ISO 1600
By ISO 1600 there’s there merest whiff of noise, but you really need to look hard to spot it.

Nikon D800 ISO 3200
 ISO 3200 is the cut-off point, after which noise becomes more prevalent – especially in processed JPEGs.

Nikon D800 ISO 6400
It’s not difficult to spot noise at the maximum setting of ISO 6400, however it’s still possible to make a perfectly good image.

Nikon D800 ISO 12800
The first extended setting of ISO 12,800 (‘Hi1’ on the dial) shows a marked deterioration from ISO 6400.

Nikon D800 ISO 25600
The top extended setting of ISO 25,600 (‘Hi2’) is fairly noisy, although Raw images can be normally saved – at least for use at smaller sizes.

We’ve re-sized the following images from

their native 7360 x 4912 pixels to 3680 x 2456 pixels on account of the

original file sizes (18MB ) being too individually large to upload to the TR server. But even at this reduced size we think they show pretty well how the D800 performs at high sensitivities in less than optimal light in a non-studio environment. Click on any image to open the main image viewer page, from where you can enlarge each image fully.

Nikon D800 ISO 200
ISO 200 (for comparison)

Nikon D800 ISO 1600
ISO 1600

Nikon D800 ISO 3200
ISO 3200

Nikon D800 ISO 6400
ISO 6400

Nikon D800 ISO 12800
ISO 12,800 (‘Hi 1’)

Nikon D800 ISO 25600
ISO 25,600 (‘Hi 2’)

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