The Race to High ISO

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II/noise.shtml

As good as the 5D Mark II is, this examination of high ISO noise shows me one thing:  above 3200 ISO, IQ is generally crap, regardless of what body from what manufacturer. Looking at the pictures, the 5D Mark II at 6400 ISO is decent but I wouldn’t be happy with it.

Consider the D700:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D700/noise.shtml

Again, at 6400 ISO, it’s decent but I wouldn’t be happy with it.

So in general, this race to high ISO is much like the race to high megapixels:   it’s bogus crap.

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