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JPEG vs. EVU vs. DPP vs. Adobe Camera RAW vs. C1 Pro

In the comparisons below the JPEG and RAW images were taken within seconds of each other. The labels beside each sample equate to:

  • JPEG - JPEG straight from the camera (Large, Quality 8)
  • EVU - Canon EOS Viewer Utility 1.0.0.30
  • DPP Shot - Canon Digital Photo Professional 1.0.0.5 (Color adjustment 'Shot setting')
  • DPP Faithful - Canon Digital Photo Professional 1.0.0.5 (Color adjustment 'Faithful setting')
  • C1 Pro - Capture One Pro 3.5
  • Adobe RAW - Adobe Camera RAW 2.3 (early beta) via Adobe Photoshop CS

Color reproduction

Below you can see our standard 'Watch & Crayons' shot as used on page 13 (Output image file quality) of this review. As you can see JPEG and EVU have a fairly similar color balance with the only difference being the saturation of reds. DPP Shot produced good greens and blues but washed out reds, DPP Faithful was far better and is actually the closest to the original scene of all the samples. C1 Pro's colors were the most vibrant and 'pleasing' although the blue of the crayon appears more blue than in real life. Adobe RAW produced a very similar balance to DPP Shot, slightly washed out reds.

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Detail / Sharpness

It's worth noting that the JPEG, EVU and DPP images had an output sharpness of '2', Adobe RAW was left as its default sharpness as was C1 Pro. C1 Pro achieves the sharpest image with the best detail reproduction closely followed by DPP.

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Resolution

JPEG and EVU produced very similar results, C1 Pro delivering very good sharpness and resolution with no visible sharpening artifacts (nice clean edges). I have no idea what the issue is with DPP but clearly its moire reduction algorithm went awry with our RAW resolution chart shot, a pretty horrible mess (we have informed Canon of this issue, they are investigating). Sharpness for all of these images is 0 (default).

JPEG from camera EOS Viewer Utility 1.0.0.30
Digital Photo Professional 1.0.0.5 Capture One Pro 3.5
 
Adobe Camera RAW 2.3 beta  
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