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Studio scene comparison (vs. Olympus EVOLT E-300)

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).

Aspect ratio advantage, aperture

The E-300's aspect ratio difference (4:3 vs. the film normal 3:2) it gets an added vertical resolution advantage over other cameras. As with all of our comparisons the scene is framed vertically. Note that we selected F6.3 on the Olympus as we have found this to be the optimum aperture for lens sharpness.

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT): Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
  • Olympus EVOLT E-300: Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro, Aperture Priority (F6.3),
    ISO 100, JPEG SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Canon EOS 350D
Olympus E-300
ISO 100, 1/40 sec, F9
ISO 100, 1/60 sec, F6.3
2,882 KB JPEG (3456 x 2304)
5,421 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)

The tonal and color response between the EOS 350D and E-300 is similar except for the Canon's paler blues and the E-300's slightly orange reds. Resolution wise it's a dead heat, however the EOS 350D's image has a more crisp appearance, with better per-pixel sharpness. This despite the E-300's vertical 144 pixel count advantage.

(Footnote: We could have framed the scene horizontally which would have handed the EOS 350D a 7% horizontal resolution advantage, however in all our scene comparisons where there is a mismatch of aspect ratio are framed vertically).

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As I know the XT can simultaneously record raw and high-quality JPEG files, whereas the original Rebel's raw-plus-JPEG mode could capture only lower-quality JPEGs. You can also override the automatic seven-point AiAF focusing--a good thing, given its occasional unreliability--but doing so requires first pushing a button to initialize the process, then navigating to one of the seven points using either the directional buttons or the main dial. It's a little clunky, but you can actually streamline the process by changing the camera's custom settings to eliminate the first step.
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Sam Spark

Canon EOS Rebel line of DSLR cameras are the best for those wanting to get into more advanced photography. The main reason for this is that they allow full manual controls and the interchangeable lenses. These allow you to change so much of how the cameras functions in different lighting situations.The EOS Rebel T5 is a fast camera, has a huge bright 3.0-inch LCD monitor and exceptional autofocus with a 9-point AF system.One can take beautiful pictures automatically.

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Pascal Parvex

Bought this version (Rebel XT) for about $350 two years ago, refurbished. Still works well and has a good image quality.

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Thats amazing, I also saw one mint condition one in a computer shop and another in a camera store , its gorgeous camera to carry around ! :)

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