Nikon D800: Beware of the 36 Megapixels

Have you ever laughed at the TV shows where they use a photo to investigate a crime and with the use of some piece of software they just can press the enhance button and then suddenly some detail appears magically out of nowhere?

Laugh no longer.

Below is just an innocent photo of a bird.

Photo of an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Portrait of an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 7360 x 4912 pixels shot hand-held at f4.5, 1/640, ISO 800 using Nikkor 105mm/2.8

Unfortunately the photo was taken with the new Nikon D800, which could reveal incriminating evidence due to its 36 megapixels. Let’s zoom in to the eye…

Photo of an Anhinga cropped to pixel level
Be aware of incriminating details even when hand-holding. That’s me sitting on the ground using my legs to hold the lens as quietly as possible without a tripod.

Incredible, you can see the photographer.


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  1. These are stunning images – cropped or uncropped. I’m sure your photography comprehends more than birds. My curiosity is: did you consider the D800E as a serious option for a new DSLR; and if so, what made the decision in favour of the standard D800?