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For our standard studio scene comparisons we have selected the Canon EOS 20D (because it's the 7D's natural competition, similar priced) and the Nikon D70 (considerably cheaper but similarly specified).

Camera Price (body) Sensor
Konica Minolta 7D $1,599 6 mp CCD
Canon EOS 20D $1,499 8 mp CMOS
Nikon D70 $999 6 mp CCD

Studio scene comparison (vs. Canon EOS 20D)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. All crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Konica Minolta 7D: Minolta 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Extra-Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Canon EOS 20D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
Konica Minolta 7D
Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, 0.8 sec, F9
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
4,556 KB JPEG (3008 x 2000)
2,931 KB JPEG (3504 x 2336)

The overall color response between these two cameras was quite similar, both rendered blues in the same way, the 7D's reds were a little more orange than the EOS 20D but not by much. The EOS 20D's pixel count advantage (about 16% more each way) shows in its ability to render fine detail such as the shield on the Martini bottle and the landscape scene on the Baileys bottle (second to last crop). That said (and as I stated in my EOS 20D review) there really isn't a huge difference between six and eight megapixels, you'd have to have a pretty sharp eye to notice a difference in a final print (unless it was very large). The 7D does well here, detail is fairly good (although not quite as per-pixel crisp as the 20D), no nasty sharpening artifacts and only a hint of moire (on the very first crop).

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