The moon, that bright object in the night sky that hypnotizes to the photographers around the world. When I buy a new camera, I like to test it with the moon. With the same lenses, the quality of the photography depends of the quality and resolution of the sensor.
My new camera is a Nikon D810, a full-frame camera with a very high resolution. However, the moon is very far and with my TAMRON 70-300 mm, our satellite only occupies a very little parcel in the scene. Full-frame is not necessary because the moon doesn't fill de picture.
Pictures taken at DX format with Nikon D810 have a similar size that pictures taken with my old D7000, so we don't observe an amplification. However, the quality of the sensor is appreciated in the quality of the final image.
|Nikon D810 - Noise is minimal|
|Nikon D7000 - The sharpness is forced with post-processing, with poor results.|
One of the useful features of the Nikon D810 is it's anti-vibrations modes: you can shoot with a radio-frequency remote, with the mirror in up position and with electronic shutter. These three thing minimalize vibrations. When you are shooting to a very far object with large focal lengths, vibrations are very important.
Finally, I show the result with my old-old camera: my Nikon D3000.
Enjoy the night!