ISO 6400 – HDR Composite of 9 Bracketed Images
I’ve just been getting to know the Nikon D3S a bit, but I brought it along with me on a quick trip to NYC to visit my good friends at B&H Photo. I had some time to kill last night and I couldn’t resist a walk down to Times Square with the D3S to see what the high ISO handling looked like in a real world environment.
While I shot NEF + JPEG, all of the following samples are JPEG from the camera, as I haven’t had the opportunity to process the NEF files yet. All images were shot using the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
You can download the full-res file (for personal use and inspection only) by right-clicking any of the following images and choosing “Save Image as…” from your menu. Please do not republish any of these images on the Internet or elsewhere without permission.
All of these images were taken at night; however, due to the brightness of Times Square and the incredible sensitivity of the Nikon D3S, some might fool you and appear to be during the day. Also remember that these are JPEG files that came straight out of the camera with no edits or additional noise reduction. The D3S internal noise reduction was set to Normal.
Again, I shot these in NEF + JPEG format and I’ll get a closer look at the processed NEF files soon, which I’ll be sure to pass along. As it stands now, the D3S really knocked my socks off in the way it handles noise at higher ISOs. This camera looks to be a stop or two better at noise control than any other DSLR on the market right now.
I know there are plenty of sports shooters out there pushing the ISO limits of the D700 and D3 in the 3200 to 6400 range in order to get a sufficiently fast shutter speed. I can see you guys moving up to ISO 12800 with the D3S for shots that were either missed or soft before. Same thing for wedding shooters – this camera sets a new bar for “available light.”
If that’s not enough for you, I’ve got several more images in a sample gallery, which you can access here.
Stay tuned for more as we look at NEF results for the D3S and take it into some darker environments.
You can find the Nikon D3S at B&H Photo. I’ve trusted B&H for years with my own online purchases and was glad to finally meet these guys face to face this week. If you’ve never been to the B&H store in New York, it’s something to behold. I highly recommend checking out the store the next time you are anywhere near NYC.