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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Canon EOS 450D(Rebel XSi) vs. EOS 400D (Rebel XTi)

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 450D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (with MLU)
     
  • Canon EOS 400D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer (+MLU)
Canon EOS 450D
Canon EOS 400D
3.7MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)
3,351 KB (3888 x 2592)

It's interesting to see how Canon's approach to image processing (with the introduction of the DIGIC III processor) has changed in the time between the EOS 400D and its successor. It's not a big change, but it seems that everything has been 'turned down' a notch, producing output that (using the default settings) is a little less 'in your face', with marginally lower sharpening and saturation and a very slightly less aggressive cut-off at the shadow end of the tone curve, giving a slightly less contrasty look.

From a detail point of view the extra two megapixels - combined with what we suspect is a relatively light anti aliasing filter - mean that the EOS 450D captures marginally more detail than its predecessor, something that's a lot more obvious once you take the JPEG processing out of the equation (see later).

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