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RAW converters compared

In the comparisons below the JPEG and RAW images were taken within seconds of each other. The labels beside each sample equate to:

  • JPEG - JPEG straight from the camera (Large / Fine, Neutral PS, Sharpness 2)
  • RIT - RAW Image Task 2.2 (via ZoomBrowser) (Neutral PS, Sharpness 2)
  • DPP - Canon Digital Photo Professional 2.0 ('Neutral', Sharpness 2) [link]
  • RawShooter - Pixmantec RawShooter premium 2006 ver 1 (official support) [link]
  • Adobe RAW - Adobe Camera RAW 3.3 beta (preliminary supported) [link]
  • Bibble Pro - Bibble Pro 4.4 (official support) [link]

Getting something we can compare, thanks to Picture Styles

To get something vaguely similar for comparison purposes we set both RAW Image Task and Digital Photo Professional to the 'Neutral' Picture Style with a sharpness setting of '2' which is about as close as we could get to our idea of a default image (as sharpness zero is no sharpening). For the resolution comparison we had to use the 'Standard' Picture Style as this is the camera default and was used to shoot the resolution chart in JPEG mode for comparison to other cameras. (Note that the acronym 'PS' on this page is short for Picture Style).

Color response

Place your mouse over the label to see a ColorChecker chart for that output. As noted earlier in this review there's little difference between JPEG from the camera and RAW Image Task as far as color is concerned. The biggest differences are between RIT and DPP, their color rendition of the supposed-to-be standard Canon Picture Styles varies considerably, this does of course point to an inconsistency from DPP (as RIT is per the camera). DPP Neutral is much less saturated than RIT Neutral and DPP Standard is more saturated than RIT Standard. Very confusing.

JPEG Standard PS JPEG Neutral PS RawShooter
RIT Standard PS RIT Neutral PS Adobe Camera RAW
DPP Standard PS DPP Neutral PS Bibble Pro

 

Sharpness and Detail

In the samples below the sharpness setting for each sample was set as follows:

  • JPEG - Neutral PS, Sharpness 2
  • RIT - Neutral PS, Sharpness 2
  • DPP - Neutral PS, Sharpness 2
  • RawShooter - 'Custom' appearance (default), Sharpness 0 (default)
  • Adobe RAW - Sharpness 25 (default), Color Noise Reduction 25 (default)
  • Bibble Pro - Camera tone, Sharpening 100 (default)

To be totally honest here isn't a whole lot of difference between any of these crops, all the RAW converters managed to 'reveal' the brushed effect of the watch face and detail. However one converter did have the edge (perhaps because of higher default sharpening), that is RawShooter which had a very crisp and detailed appearance, a close second comes Adobe Camera RAW and Digital Photo Professional. I was a little disappointed with the color artifacts on the edges of highlights in the ACR image (quite unusual for ACR but may be down to the preliminary nature of this Beta copy). The cleanest image with the least artifacts goes to Digital Photo Professional.

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Resolution

The crops below were taken from our new version two resolution chart which can measure resolutions up to 4000 LPH (Lines Per Picture height). As we mentioned before the results from RAW Image Task and the camera JPEG were identical. The biggest difference among the RAW converters was how they handled 'information' beyond nyquist, beyond the absolute resolution limit of the camera. RIT did the same as the camera and blurred it to 'be on the safe side', in the case of RawShooter, DPP, ACR and Bibble however each tried to deliver some kind of detail. With RawShooter, ACR and Bibble the most successful, DPP exhibiting dotted moire artifacts. The cleanest image was from RawShooter followed by ACR and DPP.

JPEG from camera (Standard PS) RAW Image Task (Standard PS)
Canon DPP 2.0 (Standard PS) RawShooter premium 2006 (default)
Adobe Camera RAW 3.3 (default) Bibble Pro 4.4 (default)
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Total comments: 11
Hai Ching Lee
By Hai Ching Lee (4 months ago)

Hi...!

I bought one last month for Usd500 in super good and working condition but without any lens......
I bought an L Lens 24-105mm f4 for another Usd 500...... a 50mm f1.4 for Usd350.......
After much testings around, I noticed 5D is not good at Indoor unless with the help of a Flash......However , at Outdoor I must say it is a Super duper Good Full Frame machine even though it is around 8 years old........!!!

I still feel it is a Good Investment as far as dollars and cents counts......
An FX cameras from Nikon like the D700 body will cost Usd1.3k in Malaysia......

I also own a Nikon D90 with standard kit lens 18-105mm, 70-300mm Tel lens, a Fx 24-50mm f3.5-4 and 20mm f2.8 and others...
Recently I bought an Adapter for Nikon lens to Eos FX body like 5D..........It WORKS very well but have to Manually focus......So now I can have Nikon lens on 5D body which safe me a lot for a start....!!
Used 5D MK-II is selling here at around Usd1.6k which I am looking forward to...!!

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JSnees
By JSnees (5 months ago)

I am using a nikkon D 5100. Have the opportunity to purchase a cannon eos 5d in excellent condition for $500 with 50mm f1.8 lens. Any advantages to this camera vs what I currently have besides FF? Good investment? I currently do not own any pro lenses from nikkon.

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SculptedPhotography
By SculptedPhotography (10 months ago)

The 5D was and is my first digital camera. It has served me with spectacular results. It's main minus for me has been its inability to use the higher ISO's, as anything higher than 200 produces visible grain in images that I print very large on my epson 24" printer. I almost always shoot with a monopod to assure the results.
Technology has changed and improved and I am searching for a replacement. I am invested in excellent Canon lenses and want to stay with Canon. I also want a camera that is not as heavy as my 5D (I am old and am fatigued by the weight of the 5D which I affectionately call "my brick".) Price is an issue too.
Still casting about trying to find a replacement.

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frosty 7
By frosty 7 (6 months ago)

hi i jus bot a canon eos 5d from a friend am i able to record video with the camera ?
thanks

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Ugo78
By Ugo78 (5 months ago)

No, unfortunately you are not able to shot video, neither by installing Magic Lantern (because the camera is not equipped with live view).

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InfraOptic
By InfraOptic (4 months ago)

Easy answer: Buy a Sony A7 mirrorless and a metabones adapter to use all Canon AF lenses.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (10 months ago)

I wish you guys would do a new comparison with the 5D, would love to see it vs the newer dslr's

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qianp2k
By qianp2k (10 months ago)

Agreed! In all cameras announced around that time, only EOS 5D still attracts many discussions in DPR forums. How many are still talking Nikon D200 that announced just three months later these days? If you don't print/view in very big size, EOS 5D actually withstands most today's FF cameras very well till ISO 800/1600 in IQ, no mention crop cameras.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (10 months ago)

I love my 5D.
Using the 5D with quality Canon L lenses produces images that I do not see a difference between them and those taken by a newer camera (5D II, 5D III).

If video is not needed or required, then finding a clean 5D would be prudent.
Some very well kept, used lightly by some hobbyists can be found at around a $1,000 or less.

I have no immediate plans to shell out $3,000 or more for a newer model that is not going to give me much over the 5D, in terms of image quality.

But for commercial photographers, that's a different situation.

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Macandts
By Macandts (10 months ago)

Ditto. I could not be happier with my 5D. I'm also disappointed that the set up for image comparison keeps changing. It makes it difficult to compare any older digital camera with anything contemporary.

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MFog
By MFog (2 months ago)

I just sold my trusty old 5D. I love the camera but I will not miss cleaning the sensor every other week and fixing dust spots in lightroom! That was always a royal pain in the neck. Still a great camera.

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Total comments: 11