D700 and D800 Resolution and Quality Comparison

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  1. Raybo

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    I currently own a D200 (it's been great all these years) and will be moving to FF. I am concerned about all the memory (computer and memory card) required to shoot the D800 at full resolution in RAW. So my question is: how will a picture shot with the D800 at the medium image size setting (about 20MB) compare to a picture shot with the D700 (12MB) at full resolution? And which option will give me more latitude to crop and enlarge to A0 format and beyond?

    I don't really care about the video capability of the D800. And I do not want to compromise on low light, low noise capability - we already know that the D700 is a winner here).:D


     
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    welcome to the forum
     
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    I wouldn't use the D800 at anything other than it's best quality settings, to do otherwise is silly. Buy the D700, I hjave one and LOVE it. I just ordered a D800 for a second body, may become my primary ;)
     
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    I'm still on the fence whether to order one or keep popping the D700, I'm interested to find out your take on both bodies after you've shot a few. I'm loving the D700 and I was hoping for a rockstar D800...I'm not feeling it other than its video
     
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    It's definitely gonna be different. Immproved RGB sensor, Expeed3, Focus. Yeah, I'm interested to see how much better I love it, or not :}
     
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    Agreed. Given your experience with the D700 what is your feeling about how big you can print and enlarge an uncropped image and still get excellent results?

    I'm not a pixel peeper and realize that as prints get larger it's appropriate to stand further away. I should also add that since a large part of my photo work is foreign travel, where I need to carry as little as possible, that I typically use Nikon's 18-200 VR lens. I know that if I purchased a D700 the 18-200 would have to be replaced and I would consider the new Nikon 28-300 VRII. Does this change your advice?
     
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    Even the video doesn't do anything that Canon bodies weren't doing 3 years ago...

    The D800 looks sweet for people who print huge, beyond that, it doesn't excite me.
     
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    The 28-300 is nowhere near sharp enough for the D800 to be a benefit to you. The D700 will outresolve this lens. To fully take advantage of 36mPixel, you will need very nice glass.
     
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    Coming from a d200 a d700 will blow you away sufficiently.

    36mp is a specialty application that comes with its own set of issues.
     
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    so much hate for the d800 hahaha, its going to be a better camera than the d700 in every way.
     
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    Are you certain it will be better at high ISO? A lot of area looks really close. Burst rate has gotten slower...

    Not hating on it cause it's a bad camera, it looks awesome. I'm hating on it because after waiting for however many years, in many instances, it looks like the D700 is still a better choice.
     
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    Uh-huh I was assuming my D700 would become a back-up body because the D800 would blow it away, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Might hang onto it as my main.
     

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