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 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: 100%, Radius 0.6, Threshold 0
- Save as a JPEG quality 11 for display and download.
We usually include Raw files processed through Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) in our studio comparison tool because they reveal the potential of the sensor, unencumbered by in-camera image quality parameters and JPEG compression. However, the X10, with its unique EXR sensor technology has less than optimal support from third party raw converters. ACR does officially support the X10 but, as you will see in the samples below, sharpness and detail are noticeably lower than results provided by in-camera Raw conversions. Should we gain access to a more representative raw conversion from third party software, we will re-process and update these files.