Nikon D800 High ISO Sample Images

This is a collection of sample images I've taken at high ISOs with the Nikon D800 to give a sense of how it performs in low-light situations.
Nikon D800 High ISO Sample Images
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The Nikon D800 has a native ISO range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. You can go a little lower and higher than that into what’s known as extended ISO, where goes beyond the native capabilities of the sensor hardware to ranges boosted by software. In the extended range, you can go down to the equivalent of ISO 50 (LO-1) and up to ISO 25,600 (HI+2).

All of the photos here are focusing on the high end of the ISO range. “High ISO” is, of course, subjective. For the purposes here, I’m treating it as ISO 6400 and above.

I shot all of these in RAW. I’ve processed them in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any of Lightroom’s noise reduction tools (or applied other noise reduction apps, for that matter). And because these are processed from the RAW files, they don’t use any of the camera’s built-in noise reduction algorithms that are applied to JPG images straight out of the camera.

Sample Images Taken at High ISOs with the Nikon D800

I’ve included the ISO for each image in its caption.

Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 25600.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED wide-angle zoom lens @ ISO 8063.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 16000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 11404.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 8063.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8G ED macro prime lens @ ISO 20000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens @ ISO 16000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED VR prime macro lens @ ISO 20000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED zoom lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom lens @ ISO 25600.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 9051.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens @ ISO 9051.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 8063.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 7184.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 25600.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens @ ISO 8063.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 11404.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 7184.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 9051.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens @ ISO 12800.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 11404.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF Micro 200mm ƒ/4D IF-ED prime macro lens @ ISO 20000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 11404.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 9051.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G prime lens @ ISO 9051.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 25600.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens @ ISO 9051.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED wide-angle prime lens @ ISO 6400.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon 200-400mm ƒ/4 telephoto zoom lens @ ISO 16000.
Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon D800 DSLR with a Nikon AF-S 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED wide-angle prime lens @ ISO 8063.

Where to Find the Nikon D800

The D800 has been discontinued and has become harder to find new. But it’s relatively easy to find used copies in good condition. My first stop for used gear is KEH; you can find their D800s in stock here, which is where I often buy when I’m looking for used gear.

The D800 was replaced by the ~D810. While that model has also been replaced (by the D850), it’s easier to find D810 cameras new or refurbished.

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