Studio scene comparison (RAW)
For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW. Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we had to use the following workflow for these conversions:
- Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
- Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
- Open file to Photoshop
- Apply a Unsharp mask: 80%, Radius 1.0, Threshold 0
- Save as a TIFF (for cropping) and as a JPEG quality 11 for download
Canon EOS 500D (RAW) vs. Nikon D5000 (RAW)
Canon EOS 500D (RAW)
Nikon D5000 (RAW)
4.2MB JPEG (4752 x 3168)
3.4 MB JPEG (4288 x 2848)
Switching to our benchmark RAW converter, Adobe Camera RAW, equalizes image processing between the two cameras and allows us to get a much better idea of the level of detail actually captured. Both cameras gain some extra image detail from the RAW process but with the Nikon the difference is much more obvious. While the out-of-camera JPEGs are visibly softer than the 500D's when shooting in RAW the D5000, despite its lower nominal resolution, more or less catches up with the Canon in terms of image detail. Both cameras do an excellent job and it would be virtually impossible to spot a difference at normal print sizes.
Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera
(incl. EF-S 18-55 mm IS Lens Kit)
Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera
(With 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit)
Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (15.1 MP, 3.0 inch Clear View VGA LCD) Body...
Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Camera
(inc 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit)
Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR Camera Kit
(incl EF-S 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6 non USM Lens Kit)
Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera
(inc. 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit)
Canon EOS 1000D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (non IS) Lens Kit
Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera - (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens,...
Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Twin Lens Kit (18-55mm IS
and 55-250mm IS Lens)
Canon - EOS 500D - Digital camera - SLR - 15.1 Mpix - body only - supported...