huyzer: D800's RAW and JPEG ISO 1600 is missing, at least in daylight mode.
Thanks for the heads up. The missing images have now been added.
Jack Hogan: Thanks. Is the lighting calibrated each time to the same illuminance?
Yes, the lights are tested with a light meter before each session.
steelhead3: Are you using the best lens available for each system? Tough to do comparisons of resolution since lens and cameras are a unit.
As with the previous test scene, we are using the best native prime lens (~85mm equiv.) for each system where possible. If you check the info button at the bottom of each image you can see which lens was used in the test.
JEROME NOLAS: I hate it too...!
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Leandros S: Are you going to re-test historic cameras like the Canon EOS 450D, Olympus E-620, etc.? I found the old tool useful because I could compare older cameras that are available affordably second hand. If you're not going to re-test them, you're breaking the coninuity and dpreview will be much less useful. Kudos to anyone who spots the conspiracy theory.
We have every intention of shooting as many older cameras as we can. However, in some cases we may just shoot a 'representative' for the product line (where the sensor and specs are nearly identical).
Kwick1: I absolutely hate this new test scene. So dark, with very few "dark on white" contrast areas, nor are there rounded items (like the globe in the old scene) to see how light fall-off is handled.
Actually there are quite a few dark on white areas through out the scene. As for rounded items, we have included the bottles at the bottom and the paint wells in the corners. Both of these areas are useful in showing posterization and fall off.
Trollshavethebestcandy: What no cat?!?!?!?!? People 99% of the time take cat pics so if you want real world items put some purr and fur in there dang it! I want cat pics!
I agree, but we couldn't get it approved by the Humane Society.
Rbrt: The comparison choices are too limited. The 6D should be in the list.
Don't worry it's coming! We are working to add a backlog of cameras but we wanted to release current cameras in a timely manner as we work through that list.
Thomas Karlmann: Boo on the new studio scene! I really need to compare IQ of the GX7 with the Sony a99. Please fix!
We are working to add older benchmark cameras, including the a99.
Interestingness: Jumped right to page 9 and checked out image quality. Did you all see the 3200 ISO JPEG's? That would make me stop shooting RAW - WOW!
Now change it to RAW and look around - this holds it own against everything except the Canon 5D3 all the way up from there (why no ISO 6400?).
Either this or the GX7 is going to be my next camera. Availability and street price will be the deciding factors. The Olympus has the edge in IQ and in body IS - the GX7 the viewfinder. Decisions, decisions...
ISO 6400 has been added to the comparison widget.
Kodachrome200: it be great if you could add a few more cameras that will be important comparisons for some time like the nikon d800
We are currently working through a backlog of cameras including the D800 and we'll be adding them along with upcoming cameras.
StefanW: Regarding the scene:Having twice the brushes, color tubes and cards in the scene doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Instead I would prefer additional objects, something like the globe (of the old scene). The different text sizes on the globe were nice for comparison of resolution and high ISO capabilities of different cameras side by side and which texts can still be read. Different text sizes are relevant to allow also a distinction or comparison for the future when the cameras in maybe 4 years come with the a 100MP sensor.
The scene symmetry comes in to play when evaluating the low light mode. The single tungsten light illuminates the scene unevenly allowing you to compare similar objects lit at different light levels in the same image.
ThePhilips: Oh, DPR, you switched from Zuiko 50mm F2 to M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8. Care to comment about the change? That might interest many users.
In principal, we try to use the best native lens for any system we shoot. We were using the Zuiko 50mm before the 45mm was released so we continued to use it for consistency. Now, with the scene change we've had the chance to reevaluate our options. From our tests we have seen that the 45mm performs nearly identically to the 50mm and has the 2 added advantages of being a native lens and being closer to our standard equivalent focal length of 85mm.
qianp2k: I like this new scene better, lots of areas with more details you can compare with. Hope DPR will find time to do tests again to add all cameras currently in old lab scene with this new scene.
The old scene comparisons will always be available, although not directly comparable to newer cameras. However, I am currently working through a sizable list of older cameras that are as widely representative as possible.
Mirrorless _ user: Where is the " GO TO FULL SCREEN MODE " button ?????
We're still working on adding that feature.
backayonder: Nice review but I would like to see comparison figures for which phone camera has the worse camera shake when phone sat on cafe table and ringtone set to vibrate.
It's tough to say... The iPhone 4S had a linear vibration motor which would cause motion along the axis of the lens resulting in less motion blur caused by camera movement across the frame than the rotational vibrator in the iPhone 5. However, this is just speculation.
gsum: What's going on with the NX210 test images? The colour test card, for example, is way our of focus, particularly on the RH side. DPReview should withdraw this review until they get the test images right. Samsung must be fuming.Judging by some of the other comments on here, DPReview have done this camera a dis-service by posting these faulty tests. The old NX100 had better lenses, better ergonomics and a better menu system than the NEX 5 and equalled the NEX 5 in image quality. I doubt that the NX210 is worse than the NX100 except of course, in it's additional useless gimmicks, although Samsung have done a good job in separating out the useless gimmickry from the photographic functionality.
See my comment above in response to wootpile's post.
wootpile: Bleh review from dpreview again. Can't you guys even take focused studio shots any more?
The studio comparison shots for this camera were taken with Samsung's 60mm lens as it is currently the best prime that they offer. When compared to other APS-C cameras shot at 50mm, this lens / sensor combination produces a narrower depth of field making the background appear less sharp. However our main concern is to make sure that the main scene elements in the middle of the focus plane are as sharp as possible to allow comparison between all cameras. If you look at the studio comparison for the NX200 next to the NX210 you will see that the DOF is matched very closely.
Mike G Lee: When it comes to performing technical reviews, I think someone other than Theano Nikitas would be a better choice. It's as if he read a review somewhere else and then copy and pasted some of that misinformation. He was way out in left field when he reviewed this model with alkaline batteries and then made some (and here comes the copy and paste topic) incorrect judgements that performance or metering might suffer from the use of NiMH batteries. Test a claim like that first, before even suggesting it. Performance and metering do not suffer one iota. Meager 2100mAh NiMH batteries can power this unit quite satisfactorilly, and 3+ times longer than alkalines. This unit is a unique blend of function, features and performance, and especially so at its price point. I couldn't be happier with my results.
If you read the review it states : "This will most likely have an effect on the camera's battery meter, showing a lower charge level than is actually in the batteries."
The meter in question is the battery meter, not the light meter. NiMH batteries provide 1.2 volts per cell instead of the 1.5 volts per cell of traditional alkaline batteries. The camera's battery reads the total voltage available to determine the life remaining in the batteries. At 1.2 volts per cell this means that 2 NiMH batteries will supply 2.4 volts versus the expected 3 volts from alkaline batteries. Even though NiMH batteries are often rated with higher capacity, the lower voltage can cause the camera to incorrectly judge the remaining power.
deep7: This page isn't working. Works with all your other cameras. Can you fix it?
We've re-synced or servers which should hopefully fix the problem. However, you may have to clear your cache before the widget will become visible again.