Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nikon D3200 ISO and dynamic range scores (possibly...)

NikonRumors.com strongly believes that the D3200 will be launched sometime April 19 (around midnight in the US) and will have a 24-megapixel sensor. There are also rumors that the 24-mp sensor will be the same as the one used in the Sony a77 and NEX-7. Like the NEX-7, the D3200 is not expected to have a semitransluscent mirror and therefore if the rumors are true, the D3200 would probably have DXOMark scores more similar to those of the NEX-7 than the Sony a77:
Sony NEX-7 - Low-light ISO: 1016. Dynamic range: 13.4 EV.
Sony a77 - Low-light ISO: 801. Dynamic range: 13.2 EV.
For comparison, here are the DXOMark scores for the 14mp D3100 and the 16mp D7000:
Nikon D3100 - Low-light ISO: 919. Dynamic range: 11.3 EV
Nikon D7000 - Low-light ISO: 1167. Dynamic range: 13.9 EV
This would mean the D3200 would have almost double the resolution of the D3100 while having less noise in high ISO and 2-stops better dynamic range.


EDIT 4/30/12: DPReview has just posted its studio test for the Nikon D3200.  As we predicted, the Nikon D3200 has identical performance to that of the Sony NEX-7.