ISO-12800 Comparison

I had quite a few comments from Photography Life readers about my recent article Pushing a Small 1″ Sensor to ISO-12800. Some folks asked if they could see a comparison between the finished images in the article and the original RAW files (i.e. I opened up the RAW files in CS6 and made a jpeg out of them without making any adjustments in CS6). This short article shows the ISO-12800 comparison between the original RAW files and the finished files I used in the article.

Each image from the original article is shown as an original RAW file, then followed by a processed version of the image.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 208mm, efov 561.6mm, ISO 12800, 1/640, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 208mm, efov 561.6mm, ISO 12800, 1/640, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, ISO 12800, 1/250, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, ISO 12800, 1/250, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 275.1mm, efov 742.8mm, ISO 12800, 1/500, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 275.1mm, efov 742.8mm, ISO 12800, 1/500, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, ISO 12800, 1/320, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, ISO 12800, 1/320, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 215.5mm, efov 581.8mm, ISO 12800, 1/400, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 215.5mm, efov 581.8mm, ISO 12800, 1/400, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 197.9mm, efov 534.3mm, ISO 12800, 1/640, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 197.9mm, efov 534.3mm, ISO 12800, 1/640, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 245.7mm, efov 663.4mm, ISO 12800, 1/250, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 245.7mm, efov 663.4mm, ISO 12800, 1/250, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 204.5mm, efov 552.2mm, ISO 12800, 1/160, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 204.5mm, efov 552.2mm, ISO 12800, 1/160, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, ISO 12800, 1/250, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, ISO 12800, 1/250, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 245.7mm, efov 663.4mm, ISO 12800, 1/500, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V3 + 1 NIKKOR VR CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 245.7mm, efov 663.4mm, ISO 12800, 1/500, f/5.6

I hope providing these additional images made from the RAW files without any adjustments in post has been helpful.

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4 thoughts on “ISO-12800 Comparison”

  1. All of these shots are both short shutter (fast shutter speeds) and fairly closed down apertures. I have found that pretty much any camera does much better high ISO under these conditions due to the usual light conditions that make it a good exposure with those parameters, thought still nice you can freeze subjects if they are fast.

    To me the real test if you will, at least for street night life is how the camera would do under 1/125-1/200 at F2.0 (around), ISO 6400, 12800. And 1/30-1/40 F2.8 at those ISOs.

    It’s much more stressful. I would say though with Dxo Optics Pro I was able to eek a reasonable ISO 6400 with the J5 with an action shot of a cyclist going by at night (maybe it was ISO 12800).

    I strongly encourage a trial of DXo Optics Pro with the V3/J4/J5 at high ISO using the PRIME noise reduction engine. IT’s pretty amazing.

    1. Hi Ricardo,
      Thanks for the comment, observations, and suggestion – all are appreciated! I will put it in my hopper of ‘good things to do in the future’.
      Tom

  2. That’s it! From now on I will send all my high ISO pics to you to process. You just have a magic touch in post.

    WEJ

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