Settings: tripod, aperture priority @ f/8, evaluative metering, auto white balance, ISO 1600-25600 in full stops – lenses used were 50mm f/1.8 on the Nikon & 50mm f/1.4 on the Canon – RAW capture – exported to JPEG via Lightroom with no edits other than the 100% crops
As you’ll see, the 5D Mark II tended to underexpose a bit, which I left alone for the purposes of this quick test. I’ll go more in-depth in a later post on these two cameras.
Click on any image to enlarge to full size (Note that I mildly resized the 100% crops to fit into the post, so you’ll need to click to get the 100% crop, which are between 650-800px wide for both cameras) Also, bear in mind that the 5D Mark II full image files go up to 32MB+ in file size, so dial-up readers need not apply.
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 1600
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 1600 @ 100%
Nikon D700 ISO 1600
Nikon D700 ISO 1600 @ 100%
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 3200
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 3200 @ 100%
Nikon D700 ISO 3200
Nikon D700 ISO 3200 @ 100%
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 6400
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 6400 @ 100%
Nikon D700 ISO 6400
Nikon D700 ISO 6400 @ 100%
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 12800
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 12800 @ 100%
Nikon D700 ISO 12800
Nikon D700 ISO 12800 @ 100%
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 25600
Canon 5D Mark II ISO 25600 @ 100%
Nikon D700 ISO 25600
Nikon D700 ISO 25600 @ 100%
I was actually a little surprised at the differences between these two. Kudos to Nikon for sticking with a 12 megapixel sensor, although I won’t be parting ways with my 5D Mark II anytime soon. So what do think about the noise comparisons between these two?