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Compared to the Canon EOS-D60

The obvious camera for comparison is that which the EOS-10D replaces, the EOS-D60. As we have compared the EOS-D60 to many other digital SLR's it also makes a useful baseline for the EOS-10D.

Color comparison

Below is a standard shot of a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart shot by the Canon EOS-10D (automatic white balance, ISO 100, daylight). If you place your mouse cursor over the image it will change to the same shot taken by an EOS-D60. As you can see grayscale balance is identical, reds and blues appear to be lighter with little change to greens. Canon have obviously made some tweaks to color response.

Place your mouse cursor over the image above to see
the Canon EOS-D60 ColorChecker shot

Outdoor scene comparison (ISO 100, RAW)

For this test I chose to shoot in RAW mode and convert the RAW files from the EOS-10D and EOS-D60 using Canon's File Viewer Utility 1.2, this gives both cameras a level playing field for comparison. Crops magnified 200%.

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS-10D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F11), ISO 100, RAW,
    Daylight WB, Standard Parameters, Mirror Lock-up
     
  • Canon EOS-D60: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F11), ISO 100, RAW,
    Daylight WB, Standard Parameters, Mirror Lock-up
Canon EOS-10D Canon EOS-D60
ISO 100, 1/200 sec, F11 ISO 100, 1/200 sec, F11
4,605 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048) from RAW 4,626 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048) from RAW

There really is very little difference between the output of these two cameras, the EOS-10D may have very slightly smoother diagonals (less visible 45 degree jaggies) and just very slightly better resolution (although hardly detectable). Dynamic range may be slightly higher from the EOS-10D, it did managed to maintain some 'white detail' better than the EOS-D60. Overall however there is very little to choose between these two cameras in this comparison.

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