Comparison: Nikon D300 vs Nikon D700 – ISO Noise

Today I got hold of a Nikon D700 (2 years after it was released) but I really wanted to compare its noise level against a Nikon D300.

For people who might not know what ISO is and what impact it has on a photo – basically the lower ISO number you have the less grain you got in your photo. So why don’t we always use low ISO and skip the grain? Because the higher the ISO the higher sensitivity to light we are – so low light situations such as indoors, churches, concerts etc the camera require you to to be sensitive to the little light that exist (= high sensitivity to light). There are other factors which can help your camera to get more light – a light sensitive lens. This is why a 70-200mm f2.8 is A LOT more expensive than a 70-200m f4-5.6. Because one lens is more light sensitive than the other. Anyway, back to this topic – D700 is known to have a better sensor than D300 but by how much?

Nikon D300 vs D700 noise comparison

Nikon D300 vs D700 noise comparison

Nikon D300 vs D700 noise comparison

…. and the outcome is astonishing. The D700 is A LOT better than the D300 in low light situations. The pictures above are cropped at 100% and with

Comparison: Nikon D300 vs Nikon D700 – ISO Noise
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  • Remarkable difference indeed. I didn't expect. Thanks for sharing.
    Mario

  • Sibylle Marti said:

    But how does it look if you choose exactly the same detail of a picture? Is it still such a remarkable difference then?