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Old 2nd June 2012, 8:08 PM   #1
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Default D700 vs D800 comparison pics, which is better?

Have my new D700 and a loan D800 from work, so why not take a heap of the same comparison pics to see if I have the best camera

Both cameras were set on manual mode and the same 50mm 1.8G or 24-70mm 2.8G ED lens with a SB-900 flash interchanged between the cameras. Just follow the Flickr link in each photo then click on the "Nikon D700" or "Nikon D800" link on the top right for the camera setting. All photos are jpeg as I just wanted to see the image out of the camera, using raw files is always a much better option for keepers.

1. D700 Bookshelf

D700 Bookshelf by lesovers, on Flickr

2. D800 Bookshelf

D800 Bookshelf by lesovers, on Flickr

The red colours appear to be more accurate and vivid on the D700 compared to the D800.

3. D700 Garage (Low Light)

D700 Garage (Low Light) by lesovers, on Flickr

4. D800 Garage (Low Light)

D800 Garage (Low Light) by lesovers, on Flickr

Nothing in this between both cameras, the ISO4000 noise appears to be the same.

5. D700 Kitchen (Flash)

D700 Kitchen (Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

6. D800 Kitchen (Flash)

D800 Kitchen (Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

No much between these to pictures just a slight green tint on the D800.

7. D700 Kitchen (No Flash)

D700 Kitchen (No Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

8. D800 Kitchen (No Flash)

D800 Kitchen (No Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

No real difference here.

9. D700 Distant Living Room

D700 Distant Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

10. D800 Distant Living Room

D800 Distant Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

11. D700 Living Room

D700 Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

12. D700 Living Room

D800 Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

The living room photos show as the brightness drops on the D800 there is a greater green tint. The D700 does not appear to have this issue at all.

13. D700 TV Room

D700 TV Room by lesovers, on Flickr

14. D800 TV Room

D800 TV Room by lesovers, on Flickr

The D700 seems to give better reds and a brighter image.

15. D700 Front Yard

D700 Front Yard by lesovers, on Flickr

16. D800 Front Yard

D800 Front Yard by lesovers, on Flickr

17. D700 Back Yard

D700 Backyard by lesovers, on Flickr

18. D800 Back Yard

D800 Backyard by lesovers, on Flickr

The D800 appears to have sightly high saturated greens and slightly better dynamic range, not much in it.

19. D700 Barbeque Area

D700 Barbeque Area by lesovers, on Flickr

20. D800 Barbeque Area

D800 Barbeque Area by lesovers, on Flickr

The D800 is lighter, faster, has better dynamic range, 3x pixel resolution and seems to have better focus than the D700. The D700 just seems to take better pictures most of the time compared to the D800. For example it appears to have better reds, more consistent white balance vs brightness and more low level light in each photo. Raw files should, however, hopefully allow most of this to be fixed up later in software.

These are both fantastic cameras however and you should be extremely happy with either one.
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What did you use to process? If you say lightroom is it 4.1?
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What did you use to process? If you say lightroom is it 4.1?
Hi HumbleBum,

No processing at all, just the jpegs from each camera. The original size jpegs are available on Flickr. Wanted to see how each camera fared without any software fixes.

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Ive read on reviews that the d800 produces 'under saturated' type images. That seems to show it. Nothing that can't be boosted (if you wanted to) in PhotoRoom
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just the jpegs from each camera.
Differences in picture styles (tonal curve/saturation) and auto white balance (the green tint under flouro's) when shooting jpg's.
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Ive read on reviews that the d800 produces 'under saturated' type images. That seems to show it. Nothing that can't be boosted (if you wanted to) in PhotoRoom
True, raw files would have been better, however the CF cards I had did not work in the D800 and I only had a very small SD card. The only problem I can see is fixing the inconsistent white balance (green tint) on some of the images.
I dont know if you could also improve the reds to the same quality as the D700 if the orginal detail is not there

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Ive read on reviews that the d800 produces 'under saturated' type images. That seems to show it. Nothing that can't be boosted (if you wanted to) in PhotoRoom
I would say this is somewhat true. my d800 raw's can appear a little 'under sat'd'
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Having a sensor like the D800 and asking it to produce jpegs makes baby Jesus cry..
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I took 51 images today.. 4gb.
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Differences in picture styles (tonal curve/saturation) and auto white balance (the green tint under flouro's) when shooting jpg's.
Hi Berek,

Sorry, should have recorded raw as well, however was not planning on fixing any of these photos.

#Differences in picture styles (tonal curve/saturation)
Does this mean the default used by the D800 camera needs to be changed to get better jpegs or will you always need to take raw for everything?

# auto white balance (the green tint under flouro's)
14. (D800) has no flouro light and still appears to have a green tint. Does this also mean the default auto white balance used by the D800 camera needs to be changed to a preset or custom setting to get better jpegs or will you always need to take raw for everything?

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OK have spent the time to correct 14. (D800) in Lightroom 4.1 and if you have the time, or use preset if the images need the same correction, the result is about the same as the D700.

21. D800 TV Room (Corrected in Lightroom 4.1)

D800 TV Room (Corrected in Lightroom 4.1) by lesovers, on Flickr
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I think the D800 wins here. I can read the titles of the dvds on your bookcase.

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I get 40meg raws out of my D800 so it ain't all that bad
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I think the D800 wins here. I can read the titles of the dvds on your bookcase.



I get 40meg raws out of my D800 so it ain't all that bad
err.. how? mine are all 70-78mb each
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Does this mean the default used by the D800 camera needs to be changed to get better jpegs or will you always need to take raw for everything?

Does this also mean the default auto white balance used by the D800 camera needs to be changed to a preset or custom setting to get better jpegs or will you always need to take raw for everything?
Just off the top of my head on why the same scene could be different when shot with 2 different cameras. They're no doubt entirely different in camera processing engines so will be noticeable in direct comparisons.

You don't need to shoot raw for everything by any means. But it's good to get lots of exposures under your belt and then fine tune the jpg settings to your taste.
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