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Compared to... D-SLR's

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. Canon EOS 10D

To produce a closer comparison we created a custom image parameter set on the EOS 10D of (Contrast +1, Sharpness +2, Saturation +1). This new parameter set use on the EOS 10D is approximately equivalent to the EOS 300D's "Parameter 1".

Camera settings

  • Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority, ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Auto WB, Default Parameter 1 (Contrast +1, Sharpness +1, Saturation +1)
     
  • Canon EOS 10D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority, ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Auto WB, Parameter Set 1 (Contrast +1, Sharpness +2, Saturation +1)
Canon EOS 300D Canon EOS 10D
ISO 100, 1 sec, F10 ISO 100, 1 sec, F10
2,577 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048) 2,250 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048)

Spot the difference. Yes, it's almost impossible, the only noticeable difference is that the EOS 10D made a better job of automatic white balance. Apart from that color response, tonal response, resolution and sharpness are identical. This is hardly surprising as the EOS 300D uses the same sensor and image processing algorithms (or at least very very similar). Colors are good and about as true to the original scene as my eye can tell, resolution is very good as is sharpness and of course because these were taken at ISO 100 they have that trademark Canon CMOS 'silky smooth' noise free look.

It is worth noting however that the EOS 300D image does appear to have more noticeable 'strange dots' than the EOS 10D image, these are a side effect we have only ever seen in images taken by Canon D-SLR's with Canon's CMOS sensor.

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Total comments: 5
BobFoster

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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reanim888

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.

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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 ipanewsuk@eircom.net

Regards
Charlie

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Django1

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

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Lassoni

that's weird :(

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