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Nikon D4 vs Canon 1DX ISO test-off
Posted on: 7/19/2012 10:57:00 PM under General
We took both the Nikon D4 and a day old Canon 1DX to the Bristol Photovision Roadshow this week. Interestingly enough the question I was asked more than anything was 'which is better in low light - have Canon caught up?'.
Well to be honest I suspected the Nikon was still ahead, having been blown away by its ability to shoot (and focus) in near darkness but there was only one way to find out!
So I've brought both cameras home with for a not very scientific test on our kitchen table using the same Zeiss 35mm lens on each camera.
So here we go....
Canon 1DX - 800 ISO
Nikon D4 - 800 ISO
Canon 1DX - 1600 ISO
Nikon D4 - 1600 ISO
Canon 1DX - 3200 ISO
Nikon D4 - 3200 ISO
Canon 1DX - 6400 ISO
Nikon D4 - 6400 ISO
Canon 1DX - 12800 ISO
Nikon D4 - 12800
Canon 1DX - 25600 ISO
Nikon D4 - H2
So does the Nikon still hold the crown? Well yes but not by as much as people would think considering how good it is. One thing I did notice the difference in metering. The Nikon was consistently set to a lower meter reading than the Canon yet still the photos came out brighter! So apologies for not matching exactly.
Okay I have now had a chance to take photos again with the cameras at exactly the same ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. On the JPEGs the D4 holds the advantage and most definitely wins. But once you look at the RAWs, the Canon comes back into play a great deal more. As this is such a contentious subject, we are going to spend a bit more time doing this test and then post up.