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D90 Hi ISO vs. D200 Hi ISO

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by timkoo, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    As requested set up the tripod
    shot with 80-200 af-s at 2.8
    both on auto WB, NR OFF, Hi ISO NR off, aperture priority (for equal exposure)

    Apologies for a few blurry pics, have a cheap tripod :) 

    D90 ISO 1600
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    D90 ISO 3200
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    D90 IS 6400
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    D200 ISO 800
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    D200 ISO 1600
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    D200 ISO 3200
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    View the whole set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/timkoo/sets/72157607240635812/
  2. flareak

    flareak Guest

    Oh Yeah Tim Koo!
  3. flareak

    flareak Guest

    Props to Tim Koo for being so arwesome! How did you get a D90 so fast huh? Maybe you.. PREORDERED IT?!?!
  4. flareak

    flareak Guest

    What What What?! !? !? Maybe you didn't preorder it...
  5. PWPhoto


    Jul 21, 2006
    San Diego
    really good comparisons.... i really expected the d200 to be a lot worse.
  6. cleoent


    Dec 21, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    give us some 100% crops, u cant really tell anything with these pics.
  7. Thanks very much for posting these, Tim. They are very helpful.

    I am also surprised that the D200 does as well as it does. While a side-by-side comparison of images from the two cameras at the same iso reveal some differences, it's hard to say that the D90 is significantly better.

    You were using A mode, letting the camera set the shutter speed I presume? I do note that the D90 seems to get the exposure a little better, and perhaps a better white balance. But the white balance is hard to judge since we can't see the original scene.

    Thanks again.


    p.s. what is that strange waffle pattern just to the right of the WD-40 lid in the D90 iso 3200 image?
  8. Thanks Tim for giving us all something tangible to analyze.
  9. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    Will try a dimmer/different environment this weekend

    Aperture priority, so yes it chose it's own shutter speed.

    I'll also post the RAW files for my next test (this one was done in JPG)

    Any other requests?
  10. MikeG76


    Jun 11, 2008
    Middletown, NY
    Was this done under incandescent lighting or fluorescent? Also, could you post Exif's next round? Thanks for this comparison. I too thought the D200 would do alot worse.
  11. Dr A

    Dr A

    Feb 2, 2008
    State College, PA
    I'm not. What Tim has shown here is that when handled correctly using the two "rules" of high-ISO shooting (correct exposure and filling the frame), the D200 can produce usable images. Sure there are differences, but they are certainly usable.
  12. Your test results suggest that the improvements in high iso hasn't been due to improved sensor technology, just software.
  13. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    I think in a controlled environment ISO is manageable but in harsher conditions it may be more noticeable

    For my next test I'll use a wider lens with dimmer lighting

    This test was done under fluorescent lighting but the tubes are more tungstenish

    Also, EXIF data is avaialable on flickr.. Smugmug was down last night so I couldn't post there
  14. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    i'm actually more amazed at the high iso of the d200 ...WOW!
  15. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    running into a litte hiccup
    can't open RAW files with cs3 or LR2 yet =x
    Installing ViewNX now
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