Is the difference worth the money?

A quick ‘thank you’ to one of our readers, Jack Pearson, for sending me a link to an interesting article which compared image quality between Sony full frame and 1″ sensor cameras.

A link to the article is provided here. The author raises some interesting points and used one of his photography seminar groups to test larger size prints made with full frame and 1″ sensor Sony cameras. It may be good reading for interested folks.

My apologies for being inactive on my blog thus far in March. I’ve been tied up with some client video projects and spending a lot of time working on my New Zealand photography e-book. There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel and I’m hoping to have it completed by the end of March and available for purchase shortly there after.

My New Zealand photography e-book incorporates images captured with both full frame (D800) and Nikon 1 bodies. The native size of the publication is 7″ x 10″ which should provide a good balance between overall image quality and download file size. One of the things that many readers may find of interest is the image quality between the D800 photographs and those captured with my Nikon 1 gear.

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8 thoughts on “Is the difference worth the money?”

  1. Hi, I read your reviews on the Nikon 1’s zoom lens , especially the Nikon 1 Holy Trinity ( eg. 6.7-13mm, 10-100mm, 70-300mm ). I was particularly impressed so I also got the N1 Holy Trinity set of lens. Have you played with the Nikon 1’s prime lens ?? I don’t have any N1 prime lens. I have a 50mm prime lens for an old Nikon D70 DX , it’s great for bokeh. I would love to hear what you have to say about the N1 prime lens.


    1. Hi Chun,

      I own all three of the 1 Nikon prime lenses and use them extensively for my client video projects. I very seldom use them for still photography as I much prefer zoom lenses for stills. The three 1 Nikon primes are quite good lenses. I find them quite sharp and they acquire focus very quickly. None of them have VR which is one of the reasons that I don’t like using them for stills (I regularly shoot stills at quite slow shutter speeds). I know many Nikon 1 owners have the primes and like them a lot. Having the trio of 1 Nikon primes in my kit was a significant factor in my decision to sell my D800 and FX glass as I am much more time efficient shooting video projects with Nikon 1 gear.


  2. Thank you, Tom and Dave! I am preparing for two months of Italy and already planned to take my Nikon 1 with the Holy Trinity with me. D810 with only specialties; PC-Es and 2 Zeisses for panos. Your comparisons have supported my decision. More time and necessity to learn V3 and J5 in detail!

    1. Hi Dave,
      Thanks for adding another example for readers to view! I think it is important that people see examples that demonstrate that they don’t have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on camera gear to get good results.

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