Nikon D750 – high-ISO noise performance
The two things everyone is most curious about with the Nikon D750 (B&H / Amazon), is the auto-focus performance and the high-ISO noise performance. Here’s a quick preview of what the D750 does at higher ISO settings. Specifically, 3200 ISO and 6400 ISO. (A more complete comparison has since been posted here: review: high-ISO performance – Nikon D750 vs Nikon D4S / D4 / D810 / D610)
To put the Nikon D750 (affiliate) through its paces for the (upcoming) review of this camera, I met up with NYC model, Glass Olive for a photo session. In a restaurant we visited, I used the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG (for Nikon) (affiliate) at f/1.4 and then tried sequences of images at 3200 ISO and 6400 ISO. Here are two more images, and a 100% crop of each so you can see what the noise pattern looks like.
A few things to keep in mind when looking at the two images:
- the RAW converters haven’t been updated yet for this brand-new camera, so we are looking at the embedded JPG (at full resolution) that I extracted from the RAW file. So this is the straight-out-of-camera JPG with a slight detour. These could very well be improved upon when adjusting the RAW file.
- I kept the JPG settings to the defaults, but these were shot in Vivid picture mode. So it looks quite punchy directly out of camera.
In Vivid picture mode, the Sharpening is set to the middle value: 4.00
The Clarity was set to +1.00
(The WB was set to Auto 1)
- looking at 100% crops give you an idea of the high-ISO noise, which helps with comparison. But, it is not how the image will print. We are looking at a 24 megapixel image. It’s huge. By the time you print it to smaller sizes, the noise is much less pronounced.
Using the Nikon D750 at 3200 ISO
camera settings: 1/60 @ f/1.4 @ 3200 ISO
Here is the 100% crop of the area to the left of our model.
Using the Nikon D750 at 6400 ISO
camera settings: 1/80 @ f/1.4 @ 6400 ISO
Here is the 100% crop of the area to the right of our model.
With these very first test shots with the camera, I am quite impressed. Actually, very impressed. The noise is very well controlled for such extreme ISO settings.
More to come in a follow-up review.
- review: high-ISO performance – Nikon D750 vs Nikon D4S / D4 / D810 / D610
- Nikon D750 – camera settings & custom settings
- review: High-ISO performance – Nikon D4S vs. D4 / D3s / D610 / D700
- ISO comparison – various Canon and Nikon cameras
- model: Glass Olive – Model Mayhem page