"Incredibly," the press release goes on to say, "the Nikon D800 even surpasses the best medium-format cameras, which are priced more than 10 times higher!...'The new sensor featured in the D800 achieves the best dynamic range and the highest color sensitivity ever measured, taking the lead on the DxOMark scale with 95 points,' explained Dr. Frédéric Guichard, DxO Labs' Chief Scientific Officer. 'This camera illustrates the consistent improvement that digital camera manufacturers have been able to achieve in the last few years, mimicking Moore's law that has ruled the silicon industry for decades now.'"
It's been a long time since I paid a visit to DxOMark, but I'm going to make a small and not very venturesome bet: I'm guessing Nikon users like the site a lot more than Canon fans do.
Of the top ten cameras in overall score on DxOMark, four are Nikons (and two are Pentaxes). But Canon doesn't have a single camera in the top 10. Canon's highest placed camera comes in at #13. In the top 20, Nikon has eight cameras; Canon, just two. (Sony has five.) Nikon's little entry-level DSLR, the D5100, comes in just above the vaunted (but outgoing) Canon 5D Mark II (evidently the Mark III hasn't been tested yet).
As a side note, my most-used camera limps in at #124. (Breaks into patriotic song.)
Makes me wonder, though, why Nikon beats Canon so badly in DxOMark scores. Note that I did not put that in the form of a rhetorical question—if I were to ask, I already know the answers I'd get: Canon users will say it's because DxOMark sucks and/or has a biased testing procedure; Nikon users will say it's because Nikon's better. I still wonder what the real reason is, though. It's not like Canon can't make sensors. Some people like "the Canon Look" better.
Surprising, in any case, that the D800 is such a strong outlier. Here's the full report.
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Featured Comment by Bernard Scharp: "But when is DxO going to test some film stock? Who cares about these sensors that get replaced every two months? They still haven't tested Tri-X or Acros, and those are older than DxO!"
Ever-helpful Ctein replies: Here ya go Bernard, fresh from the labs: Tri-X: Low light performance: ISO 400. Noise: high, at all ISOs. Exposure Range: 13 stops, but with poor linearity. Color bit depth: 1. Resolution: 3500 lines. Happy, now? [vbg]