I know this has been discussed to death but I am still undecided on whether I should eventually “upgrade” from my D800 to the D800E - if the D800E ever becomes more widely available. Since Jack’s observations on the difference (or lack thereof) in image quality between the D800 and D800E have been posted all over the internet, I thought I should join this forum and post this question here to the real pros.
To help with my decision, I had previously downloaded Rob Galbraith’s images and processed them with two different raw processors (Aperture and Capture One). This basically confirmed Jack’s observation that with a little extra sharpening the D800 file becomes virtually indistinguishable from the D800E version.
However, today I downloaded the trial version of DxO Pro and there the difference between the two cameras was much more striking. I processed both files with DxO Pro using their default settings with their modules and didn’t apply any extra processing. Whereas the D800 file is very much comparable to the D800/E versions from Aperture or Capture One, the D800E image looks much crisper and three-dimensional. What do the experts think? Does DxO Pro reveal a real difference or can this again all be equalized by different amounts of sharpening or post-processing? I tried to play around with the DxO-processed images in Photoshop but I wasn’t able to bring the quality of the D800 file up to the D800E level but then I am not a sharpening expert. Since there are subtle color differences between the different processors I only attach the DxO comparison but again I would say that the D800 file processed with DxO is from a sharpness-point-of-view very much like the D800/D800E versions from the other two processors.
I am looking forward to reading all your comments…