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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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

Olympus E-510 vs. Sony Alpha 100

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-510: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Anti-shock 2 sec
     
  • Sony DSLR-A100: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-510
Sony Alpha 100
5,692 KB (3648 x 2736)
2,719 KB (3872 x 2592)

Even with the noise filter on the E-510 actually compares well with the Alpha, and would certainly produce virtually indistinguishable results in print. That said, looking very closely the Sony result has the edge when it comes to sharpness and detail. Note also that though both cameras have 10MP sensors the E-510 has a 144 pixel advantage vertically, and since these shots are framed to match vertically this has resulted in the crops shown here being marginally larger (more magnified), though it would appear no more detailed.

Olympus E-510 (NF Off) vs. Sony Alpha 100

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-510: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Noise Filter Off, Sharpness -2, Anti-shock 2 sec
     
  • Sony DSLR-A100: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-510
Sony Alpha 100
6,810 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
2,719 KB (3872 x 2592)

As demonstrated on the previous page lifting the veil of noise reduction reveals the E-510's true potential, showing improved detail and texture and reversing the previous situation - the Olympus is now pulling more detail out of the scene than the Sony. The only downside is that the E-510 image now looks a lot less 'clean' (and to be honest is still a little over-sharpened) - once again the answer here would be to shoot RAW.

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mrn200v
By mrn200v (8 months ago)

1. I own E-420 & E-510 and both have the same problem with the incorporated flash: doesn't rise up enough so that in the image taken with lens hood mounted will appear a shadow in the lower part of the image.
2. At the E-510 you can delete an image by mistake because the 'play' button & 'delete' button are very close and there is no message to ask if you wanna really delete it.

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