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Nikon D80 review Gordon Laing, September 2006

Nikon D80 results : Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2

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Nikon D80 noise level comparison

Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker  

To measure and compare the Nikon D80's noise levels we photographed the standard Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker with it and a number of rival models at each of their ISO settings. The D80's High ISO Noise Reduction was set to Normal.

The crops are taken from the original images and presented here at 100%. To compare typical noise in skies and dark shadows the crops were taken from patches 3 and 24 respectively.

The D80 clearly delivers very clean results up to and including 800 ISO with noise only visibly creeping-in at 1600 ISO and above.


Tonal and colour differences aside, the D80 performs very well against its rival cameras. While pretty much neck-in-neck with the Canon 400D / XTi up to 400 ISO, it delivers noticeably cleaner results at 800 ISO and above. And despite using what we believe is the same sensor as the Sony A100, the D80 enjoys lower noise pretty much throughout its entire range. Noise levels also appear lower than the D200 at 800 ISO and above.

This is a very impressive result for the D80, especially against the Canon CMOS sensor which traditionally has lead the pack in terms of low noise levels. Of course the Gretag chart only shows solid colours and often masks smearing or loss of detail through noise reduction systems, so always also compare real-life noise tests as seen on the following page.



Nikon D80
 
Canon EOS-400D
 
Sony DSLR-A100
 
Nikon D200
Nikon D80 at 100 ISO
 
Canon EOS 400D at 100 ISO
 
Sony DSLR-A100 at 160 ISO
 
Nikon D200 at 100 ISO
100 ISO
 
100 ISO
 
160 ISO
 
100 ISO
 
 
 
Nikon D80 at 200 ISO
 
Canon EOS 400D at 200 ISO
 
Sony DSLR-A100 at 200 ISO
 
Nikon D200 at 200 ISO
200 ISO
 
200 ISO
 
200 ISO
 
200 ISO
 
 
 
Nikon D80 at 400 ISO
 
Canon EOS 400D at 400 ISO
 
Sony DSLR-A100 at 400 ISO
 
Nikon D200 at 400 ISO
400 ISO
 
400 ISO
 
400 ISO
 
400 ISO
 
 
 
Nikon D80 at 800 ISO
 
Canon EOS 400D at 800 ISO
 
Sony DSLR-A100 at 800 ISO
 
Nikon D200 at 800 ISO
800 ISO
 
800 ISO
 
800 ISO
 
800 ISO
 
 
 
Nikon D80 at 1600 ISO
 
Canon EOS 400D at 1600 ISO
 
Sony DSLR-A100 at 1600 ISO
 
Nikon D200 at 1600 ISO
1600 ISO
 
1600 ISO
 
1600 ISO
 
1600 ISO
 
 
 
Nikon D80 at 3200 ISO
 
Canon EOS 400D - 3200 ISO not available
 
Sony DSLR-A100 - 3200 ISO not available
 
Nikon D200 at 3200 ISO
H1.0 (3200 ISO)
 
3200 ISO not available
 
3200 ISO not available
 
H1.0 (3200 ISO)


Nikon D80 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2
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