D500 Noise

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR' started by YvetteH, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. YvetteH


    Dec 12, 2013
    I have been pulling my hair out not knowing what the problem is and it is probably the settings in my camera that I have wrong. I find that even at ISO 800 I am getting noise. I shot this hummingbird this morning at ISO 800, 1/500th and f7.1 and I think it was EV -1.

    The one pic is without editing and the other is with noise reduction and sharpening (of the bird) in LR. I was shooting with my 150-600 hand hold so therefore not tack sharp to start with. Any recommendations on camera settings if that is the problem. Or is this normal and one has to always do some noise reduction in post processing? hummingbird (1 of 1). hummingbird noise (1 of 1).
  2. BrianVS


    Mar 15, 2017
    Have you tried shots with EV0 through to EV+2/3? With other cameras: noise is more pronounced in underexposed areas. What compression mode are you using? Lossy/Compressed formats will make noise more pronounced.

    Agreed- the noise in the second shot is pronounced for only being ISO800.
  3. Mike Irish

    Mike Irish

    Jun 14, 2008
    I have also seen these noise problem with the D500 but with ISO over 1600!. I now limit the ISO to 1600 MAX.
  4. YvetteH


    Dec 12, 2013
    Is my ISO sensitivity setting maybe wrong? I have it at 400
  5. I couldn't make a decision based on web size images. The 2nd shot is OOF. What was the exif and metering mode
  6. Is this a cropped image or straight out of the camera?
  7. YvetteH


    Dec 12, 2013
    FIXED IT!!! I restored the camera to factory settings and it is back to normal ha ha. So I must have changed something in camera to get the noise. What a relief.
    • Wow Wow x 1
  8. I was just looking at dpreview on the D500 Yvette, that looks like the noise at iso 800 with noise reduction turned off.
    Doing the reset probably just turned on the default noise reduction.
    Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 7.53.35 AM.
  9. TonyW


    Jan 15, 2010
    Although I cannot say for a fact it is quite possible that your image is actually underexposed by -1+EV due to the way raw conversion works in many raw processors and your minus 1 EV may have compounded the error.

    If you want to post a raw link I can have a look just send pm
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