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Studio scene comparison (vs. Olympus E-500)

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

  • Sony DSC-R1: Aperture Priority (F8),
    ISO 100, JPEG 10M/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Olympus E-500: Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro, Aperture Priority (F6.3),
    ISO 100, JPEG SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Vivid), Self-Timer
Sony DSC-R1
Olympus E-500
ISO 160, 1/60 sec, F8
ISO 100, 1/60 sec, F6.3
4,299 KB JPEG (3888 x 2592)
5,474 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)

The vertical resolution advantage here is less, just 144 pixels, although remember the E-500 isn't covering as much as the frame horizontally. Differences between the two can be seen although it's doubtful you would see these in a print, again the DSC-R1 doesn't look quite as 'crisp' as the E-500, you get the feeling that there's additional detail there but that the DSC-R1's processor isn't revealing it quite as well as that in the E-500.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (1 week ago)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1: 14.3-71.5mm f/2.8-4.8
Zeiss 73.8∠5.11 ∅ 2.8 ev (Wide)
Zeiss 17.1∠14.9 ∅ 4.8 ev (Tele)

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biffy7
By biffy7 (1 month ago)

We use this daily (2014). It is slow, but with 2 x 285HV (Original), for product shots. It does a very good job. The color is slightly off. It sits upon a Tiltall tripod from about 25yrs ago. (spotting a trend here). I figure that if I have the equipment sitting around, might as well put it to use.

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Joe186
By Joe186 (1 month ago)

Who’s “we”? Do you have a mouse in your camera bag?

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Pascal Parvex
By Pascal Parvex (4 months ago)

Had this camera before I bought my first DSLR, the 5D Classic. It is a capable camera, the first time I bought a Sony, as Canon did not have something comparable. I shot two Tokio Hotel concerts with this one, some pictures with 3200 ISO that turned out usable. Just the red tones are a little bit too speckled. Bought a DSLR afterwards because the R1 is quite slow.

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guyfawkes
By guyfawkes (2 months ago)

Agreed about the speed of handling, and by today's standards, the higher ISO settings are quite poor.

But where these aspects don't really matter, its IQ from the superb Zeiss lens can still give a modern dlsr a run for its money. And it would have to be a top of the range one as well, with top jolly optics.

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