Nikon D5200 Ken McMahon, March 2013
 
 

Nikon D5200 vs Canon EOS T4i / 650D Noise RAW

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  Nikon D5200 results
1 Nikon D5200 Quality JPEG
2 Nikon D5200 Quality RAW
3 Nikon D5200 Noise JPEG
4 Nikon D5200 Noise RAW
5 Nikon D5200 Sample images

To compare RAW noise levels under real-life conditions, I shot this scene with the Nikon D5200 and the Canon EOS T4i / 650D, within a few moments of each other using their RAW settings at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.

The Nikon D5200 was fitted with the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens and the Canon EOS T4i / 650D with the E-FS 18-135mm kit lens. Both lenses were set to their maximum 18mm wide angle setting to provide an approximately equal field of view

Image stabilisation was disabled for this tripod-mounted test and all other settings were left on the defaults.



The image above was taken with the Nikon D5200 fitted with the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens. The sensitivity was manually set to 100 ISO and the D5200 was set to Aperture priority exposure mode with the aperture set to f4. The metering selected an exposure of 1/2. Image stabilisation was disabled and the D3200 was otherwise left on its default settings - White balance and Active D-lighting on auto, Long exposure noise reduction off and High ISO NR set to Normal. The Canon EOS T4i / 650D meterd an exposure of 0.3s at f4 and 100 ISO.

I processed both sets of files in Adobe Camera RAW using identical settings: Sharpening at 70 / 0.5 / 36 / 10, Luminance and Colour Noise Reduction both set to zero, and the Process to 2012 with the Adobe Standard profile.These settings were chosen to reveal the differences in sensor quality and isolate them from in-camera processing. The high degree of sharpening with a small radius enhances the finest details without causing undesirable artefacts, while the zero noise reduction unveils what's really going on behind the scenes - as such the visible noise levels at higher ISOs will be much greater than you're used to seeing in many of my comparisons, but again it's an approach that's designed to show the actual detail that's being recorded before you start work on processing and cleaning it up if desired.

These RAW noise results from the Nikon D5200 are even more impressive than the JPEGs on the previous page. They confirm that the D5200's 24 Megapixel sensor produces less noise at all ISO sensitivity settings than the Canon EOS T4i / 650D's 18 Megapixel sensor. Despite the absence of any noise correction and a high degree of sharpening the 100 ISO crop looks very clean, whereas there's a slight, but visible noise texture in the Canon 100 ISO crop.

There's a small amount of noise visible in the 200 and 400 ISO crops from the D5200, but these low noise levels are really unprecedented in a 24 Megapixel sensor. Even at 1600 ISO there's comparitively little noise and from here on up the D5200 is well ahead of the EOS T4i / 650D. This is great news for RAW shooters as it means you can squeeze more detail and punchier shots from the D5200 than the in-camera JPEGs provide without having to worry about the noise consequences too much.

Now head over to my Nikon D5200 sample images to see some more real-life shots in a variety of conditions, or head straight for my Verdict.


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Nikon D5200 results : Quality / RAW quality / Noise / RAW Noise


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