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| p.1 #15 · Tearing out my hair: D3x or D800 |
I just had a conversation about this with another guy at Dpreview. Here's the gist of it:
At one point I had 2 D3x bodies - just an awesome camera. Both are gone now in favor of a D800 and D800e.
From a shooting standpoint, D3x wins all day long - I almost hate my D800s by comparison.
The big thing is the sensor. If it's image quality you're after, then D800 kills the D3x in dynamic range, color, and noise performance. In the end, I'm more worried about delivering the best quality image available (my D800s do landscapes for me), so the D800 wins the day.
Of course, if a D4x came out, those silly D800 bodies would be sold off ASAP.
More details about the differences:
The D3x AF seemed more aggressive and even more accurate than my D800s - if nothing else it was more consistent. The live view was better, the ergonomics were much better, the frame rate was a touch faster and I think the buffer gave me more shots (not 100% sure on that last one).
Additionally, the D3x was more rugged with real battery and card door covers, felt much more solid than a gripped D800, and I always felt like I could use it in any conditions (I had one get totally blasted by a wave once - it was like getting hit with a fire hose - the camera just kept on working - not sure my D800 would fare as well).
On the other hand, the d800 sensor is so nice - for example, high ISO really is better. I didn't like to go much above ISO800 on my D3x, that number is somewhere between 1600 and 3200 for me on the D800. I personally like the color response of the D800 better and the dynamic range is so good I actually had to change my shooting style - didn't need to do HDR bracketing nearly as often. The raw files from the D800 can be pushed like crazy and hold up better than the D3x as well. Of course, as a landscape guy the 36MP are an awesome upgrade as well.
So, yeah, it's kind of weird. I'd like to shoot with the D3x, but I want the D800 sensor. I'm probably just making this harder, aren't I?