The duel between Canon and Nikon
The duel between Canon and Nikon has already begun: 22MP (the 5D Mark III) vs 36MP (the D800). Which one do you choose?
We know the latest entry level DSLR Nikon D3200 offers a handsome 24 megapixel sensor. If you have a craving for higher pixel like this, the just announced Samsung’s NX20 won’t let you down and catches up the other competitors fast at 20MP and it is cheaper. But all our attention would not rest on Samsung. We watch closely how the Nikon’s D800E and the Canon’s 5D Mark III perform because these two camera giants always set the trend of DSLR. Do these two cameras impress us as always?
If you would like to get a technical reference of the Canon 5D Mark III or its initial comparison with the Nikon D800, check the in-progress review of DxOMark. According to this report, the Canon 5D Mark III scores total 81 points, comparing with the 3 years old 5D Mark II which scores 79 points. However, the Nikon D800 has already reached to the top of the sensor list: 95 points, performing even better than some medium format cameras. We applaud Nikon’s advancement in the 36MP sensor and keen to see more comparison from DxOMark’s analysis of Nikon vs Canon. Bear in mind in terms of sensor, the Nikon D800 is exactly the same as the D800E.
To me, a real world comparison is more entertaining because these two cameras are not really ground-breaking. I am more interested in following Michael Reichmann’s report on the Nikon D800E in which he finds it produces higher resolution than the D800. That is due to the “absence” of the AA filter. Michael has repeatedly mentioned about this is the benefit which makes many cameras without the AA filter winners capable of producing better resolution. Michael’s report is worth reading because he compares the D800 and the D800E from crops and enlargements.
Does the Nikon D800E address the issue correctly? Perhaps this time Nikon has already found the answer. To me, DxOMark’s ranking of sensor is a reference but not a determining factor of whether excellent photographs are taken with a camera with a high ranked sensor. I care about how to take a good photographs instead of how good the camera we use.
There is a quote from an author unknown, “Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner.” True.
Another quote is more profound, “Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn’t a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say.”
To be honest: where are the good photographers?