Friday, November 28, 2014

Nikon D750 vs Nikon D4 @ ISO 100 and ISO 12800

Nikon D750, 28-300mm, ISO 100, ƒ/11, 1/200–Studio Strobes

100% view of the above photo
I decided to just shoot some known variables and compare the Nikon D750 to my Nikon D4. The reason is this is what I own. The first two photos are from the Nikon D750. One is full frame and the other 100% view.

Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 100, ƒ/11, 1/200–Studio Strobes


The first thing I was reminded of is the 100% view is much looser than the Nikon D750 as compared to the D4. The reason is the Nikon D750 24 megapixel comparing to the Nikon D4 16 megapixel chip.

I would say from my perspective that the Nikon D750 at ISO 100 is a much cleaner and better resolution file. To me this is significant to note. Most all cameras at the lowest ISOs tend to be very similar in quality. However, I am noticing a difference in the low ISO.

Nikon D750, 28-300mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/9, 1/200–Available light

100%
Keeping the camera on a tripod I didn't use the studio strobes and even turned them off and used the ambient room light to shoot these at ISO 12800. Compare this to the Nikon D4 photos below.

Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/9, 1/200–Available light

100%
For me there is a little difference between the two at ISO 12800, but the difference is about $3,800 with the Nikon D4 price that I paid being about $6,000.

I would say from just these charts that the Nikon D750 will do as well if not better than my Nikon D4 in low light situations.

Nikon D750, 28-300mm, ISO 100, ƒ/11, 1/200–Studio Strobes

100%
I wanted to then compare something more like what I might shoot and this little soldier we have I use a lot for just these type of comparisons.  What impressed me the most is how smooth the pixels appear with the Nikon D750.

Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 100, ƒ/11, 1/200–Studio Strobes

100%
When it comes to real world shooting I believe the only major difference between the D750 and D4 at a low ISO is the resolution difference of 24MP vs 16MP. So for the majority uses for my clients they would probably if ever see the difference.

Nikon D750, 28-300mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/9, 1/200–Available light

100%
I was very pleased with the Nikon D750 performance again at ISO 12800.

Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/9, 1/200–Available light

100%
As you can see it appears that the Nikon D4 isn't as cropped at 100%, but that is due to the 24MP versus the 16MP chip difference. I am really having a hard time telling the difference between the two at ISO 12800, so that means those who are wanting a high ISO camera that is full-framed then the Nikon D750 is a steal at this price.

There is one downside that I have noticed when comparing the two cameras. Inside the viewfinder the Nikon D4 tells you more information at the bottom of the viewfinder. You know what mode you are in for example and that is missing in the Nikon D750.

2 comments:

R. Dalton said...

"So for the majority uses for my clients they would probably if ever see the difference."

???

Stanley Leary said...

I would say there is very little difference unless you are making HUGE prints and then you might see a little difference. Today most of my clients are just putting these photos on the web or presentations and with a backlit photo the photo are spectacular with either camera.