Return of Interesting article on DxO about 5D III and D800...

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Steen Bay
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Re: Return of Interesting article on DxO about 5D III and D800...
In reply to qianp2k, Apr 14, 2013

qianp2k wrote:

Steen Bay wrote:

From DPR's 5D and 7D reviews - horisontal/vertical resolution (extinction resolution) :

5D - 2300/2000 (2500/2500) LPH

7D - 2500/2450 (3100/3050) LPH

I am not sure how DPR calculated into above data?  From the same AOV?  Using the same lens? Under that MTF percentage? 5D is 8-yr-old and DPR Lab has changed its test environment between when they reviewed 5D and 7D.  I wish DPR can add some old cameras such as 5D into new standard lab samples

Like I said, then I think that DPR uses the EF 85/1.8 on Canon FF and the 50/1.4 on Canon APS-C. The studio scene has changed since the 5D review, but think that the same resolution test chart was used for 5D and 7D. The AoV (or rather the framing) was of course the same, and they 'calculated' (or rather 'estimated') the resolution figures by simply looking at the testshots (at least 100% view on the monitor, I suppose). You can take a look at the resolution test shots yourself. They are available for download (Page 31 in the 5D review and page 28-29 in the 7D review).

That's the problem here.. according to DxO's P-Mpix scxore the 5D beats the 7D, but if looking at DPR's resolution test chart shots, then it's rather clear that the 7D has a higher resolution.

The key is that if those paper resolution actually can be seen by normal human eyes?  In those two DXOMark test charts with very nice prime lenses 100L and 85/1.8 (no mention inferior lenses), we can see 7D is only better at MTR 15% and below (even lower with inferior lenses) that are very low contrast and virtually invisible by human eyes even under grainless/noiseless lab environment (no mention in imperfect real-world environment .  5D is better above 15% MTF that is more meaningful and matter to human eyes.  It's all about perceptual sharpness or perceptual resolution as DXOmark uses two words interchangeably.

5D vs. 7D is just an example. Think that we'll have a similar 'problem' (acutance/sharpness vs. resolution) if comparing for example 5D3 vs. D800, or if looking at the effect of diffraction when stopping down.

I am sure 41mp Nokia 808 is 41mp on paper. In lab test, it may has 1% MTF data higher than 36mp D800 or 2% higher than 22mp 5D3.  The only matter is whether you eyes can actually see that?    If you eyes unable to tell, then those paper resolution is meaningless that you can think but you cannot see, heeh.

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