D700 vs D800 comparison pics, which is better?

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  1. lesovers

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    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
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    D700 Bookshelf by lesovers, on Flickr

    2. D800 Bookshelf
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    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)
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    D700 Garage (Low Light) by lesovers, on Flickr

    4. D800 Garage (Low Light)
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    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)
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    D700 Kitchen (Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

    6. D800 Kitchen (Flash)
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    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)
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    D700 Kitchen (No Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

    8. D800 Kitchen (No Flash)
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    D800 Kitchen (No Flash) by lesovers, on Flickr

    No real difference here. :)

    9. D700 Distant Living Room
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    D700 Distant Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

    10. D800 Distant Living Room
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    D800 Distant Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

    11. D700 Living Room
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    D700 Living Room by lesovers, on Flickr

    12. D700 Living Room
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    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
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    D700 TV Room by lesovers, on Flickr

    14. D800 TV Room
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    D800 TV Room by lesovers, on Flickr

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

    15. D700 Front Yard
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    D700 Front Yard by lesovers, on Flickr

    16. D800 Front Yard
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    D800 Front Yard by lesovers, on Flickr

    17. D700 Back Yard
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    D700 Backyard by lesovers, on Flickr

    18. D800 Back Yard
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    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
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    D700 Barbeque Area by lesovers, on Flickr

    20. D800 Barbeque Area
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    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. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    What did you use to process? If you say lightroom is it 4.1?
     
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    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.

    Les
     
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    Nice house :thumbup:
     
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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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    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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    Thanks, bought it new and now 11 years old.

    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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    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. :lol:
     
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    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)
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    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.:lol:

    I get 40meg raws out of my D800 so it ain't all that bad :p
     
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    err.. how? mine are all 70-78mb each
     
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    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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    By changing the image setting to "lossless compressed" instead of "uncompressed". Raw 14bit uncompressed files are about 80mb each whereas raw 14bit lossless compressed files are 40-50mb each.
     
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    Excellent , thanks for the advise :)
     
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    Hmm, whats the quality loss?
     
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    None, since it is "lossless" and not "lossy".
     
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    Yeah, you're not sacrificing any data, just when it comes to opening and editing the files, it does require a bit more computah powah, whether you notice any slowdown or not depends on your setup.
     

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