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Studio scene comparison

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. Crops magnified 200%.

Canon EOS 300D vs. Nikon D100

To make this comparison fair the EOS 300D image was shot at ISO 200, to match the D100's lowest ISO sensitivity. I also chose to lock the D100's sharpness and tone to the 'Standard' setting to avoid it selecting soft sharpening or a low contrast tone using the 'Auto' settings.

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority, ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Auto WB, Default Parameter 1 (Contrast +1, Sharpness +1, Saturation +1)
  • Nikon D100: Nikkor EF 50 mm F1.4 D, Aperture Priority, ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Auto WB, Standard Sharpening, Standard Tone, Color Mode I (sRGB)
Canon EOS 300D Nikon D100
ISO 100, 1 sec, F10 ISO 200, 1/2 sec, F10
2,577 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048) 2,792 KB JPEG (3008 x 2000)

The EOS 300D does deliver slightly more detail than the D100 but it's sharpening artifacts (halos around detail) are also more visible than the D100 which uses a relatively modest level of sharpening by comparison. Noise levels are lower in the EOS 300D image however don't forget that the D100 image was taken at ISO 200 (its base sensitivity). Once more it's worth noting the EOS 300D's visible speckles.

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Big downgrade from the 10D, first plastic body, second NO custom menus. This camera is aimed squarely at the PS crowd. The good news out of this is they are releasing a 100~400 F4 L with IS, assuming it's better optically than the current 100~400 this lens should sell like hot cakes!!!

It looks like Nikon/Minolta/Sony are in BIG trouble with this new camera.

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The camera has a rotation sensor which allows automatic rotation of images. This is a very important feature lacking on other far more expensive cameras. I'm unsure if the images themselves are rotated, which saves a lot of time in post-production, or if just the previews are rotated, which is a lot less useful but still far better than the Nikon cameras I use like the D1H. I can manually rotate images inside my Canon A70, but this only applies to the preview. With the A70 I still have to rotate in post.

Charlie Medina

I purchased an EOS 300D in Bath, 2003, their first EOS product as I had been stolen my professional NIKON in Liverpool. It isn't too bad and using Photoshop you are able to improve pictures' quality. I am a freelance journalist/photograph.
Now, when I asked CANON for a copy of the lost original Firmware/software they refuse to deliver one. "No software is available" they said. My God! CANON forget old customers! Has any one a copy of original CD for an EOS 300D? PLEASE....I pay for that copy.
Tell me at


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my camera wont do anything when turned on,no image on the sscreen no lights on, tried everything
Peter Rix


that's weird :(

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