XT1 - Truly Superior IQ

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Re: XT1 - Truly Superior IQ, compared to the GX7, the way you are using these cameras
In reply to nixda, 9 months ago

nixda wrote:

Photo-Wiz wrote:

Sal Baker wrote:

That process is only testing your ability to consistently hold a camera with no movement. The "best" shots are only the ones that randomly had less motion and says nothing about the cameras being tested.

The reason why people test sharpness on a static image with a tripod is to remove the variables. Otherwise you are only documenting which camera might look sharper when the image is motion-blurred.

Sal

If we assume this is correct, and I use a tripod perhaps once every 5000 shots, then isn't this type of test meaningful for me as the user? Why wouldn't I want to know how sharp pictures will be with this particular camera in my hands? In the end, doesn't it matter more to know how the camera will behave in my hands, shooting in the manner in which I am accustomed (i.e. no tripod)?

I have to admit that I am also very suspicious of any such sweeping statements as "XT1 - Truly Superior IQ".

Regardless of how you want to use your cameras, there are objective capabilities of each system, and then there are ways to actually realize those. And you didn't say much about how you used the cameras you are comparing. Did you use the images ooc? Did you adjust sharpness afterwards? Since sharpness depends critically on intended output format (viewing/printing size), many ooc-images are intentionally kept on the soft side to give the user the option to optimally adjust the sharpness for the desired output. Also, did you use the same lenses, or at least lenses with similar inherent sharpness? It's possible you are comparing lenses, not sensors.

I think the fact that I take a series of pictures of each object/scene with each camera, tends to reduce the overall impact of my own personal wobblyness (not sure if there is such a word) -- especially because in the end I compare the best pictures that each camera was able to take.

In this case, believe me I really wanted to like the GX7 better, because I could have saved a few hundred dollars. I was still in the period in which the XT1 was returnable. But I decided to keep the XT1 even though it cost more because it yielded significantly better results (at least in these hands of mine).

I think it would have been more accurate to say ""XT1 - Truly Superior IQ, compared to the GX7, the way I am using these cameras".

When absolutist statements are presented, don't be surprised to get some 'feedback'.

Egg-xactly.

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