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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Olympus E-420 vs. Nikon D60

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-420: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Anti-shock 2 sec
     
  • Nikon D60: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-420
Nikon D60
6,102 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
4,236 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

Despite both cameras carrying a ten megapixel label the E-420's 4:3 aspect ratio affords it an extra 144 pixels vertically (and our scene as well as resolution chart shots are framed vertically). Because of this the E-420's crops are slightly larger (more magnified) but don't show any more detail than the D60 crops. Color rendition is slightly different at default settings. The Nikon produces more saturated colors with a little more 'consumer appeal'. Both cameras handle highlights quite well, delivering a fairly soft 'roll-off' to the highlights on the paperclip crop. From a resolution and sharpness point of view these cameras deliver very similar results which you would struggle to distinguish at normal viewing size.

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photolover1996

I have had this DSLR for almost a year, as it is my first one. It came with two lenses, and one of the lenses recently has been having problems focusing. I had bought it refurbished, so that could have been the problem. Other than that, I have loved it. It takes great pictures, and is nice and compact. I don't know how it works in its automatic settings, as I only use any camera in full manual mode. But for a first DSLR, I have loved it, and I would use an olympus any day.

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AARTHu

I bought this oldie digital as a first experience vith digital cameras, even still use film mainly. So may it was a wrong decision, but I stay beside classic film photography. This camera slow, cheap and only manual mode able to firing promptly. I missed such a moments just because it wait so much before release the shutter. The lens as it is, so far from my zeiss with contax 35mm. Obviously nonsense to compare 66 rolleiflex images. There are lots of set up features, but practically takes long time to modify them, which disturb so much the picture taking. The CF card door a slim plastic door, very fragile. The viewfinder very small. All around this model are far away any real reflex cameras, it seems who design it just never take pictures with a proper camera. I can not recommend this camera, better to smash them all in the name of photography.

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