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Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW conversion notes.

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). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Nikon D3 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 5 (RAW)

Nikon D3 (RAW)
Canon EOS 5D (RAW)
3.3 MB JPEG (4256 x 2382)
3.5 MB JPEG (4368 x 2912)

Taking the in-camera processing out of the imaging pipeline reveals that, unsurprisingly, these two cameras produce results that are very, very similar. It's obvious from a close examination of the RAW output that the 5D has a weaker anti alias filter so produces marginally finer resolution and better 'per pixel' sharpness than the D3 at lower ISO settings, but to be honest once you've added a bit more sharpening to the D3 files (which they take very well) the difference is minimal, and you're certainly going to need to look very closely indeed - at a pixel level - to see it.

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Just got a D3, used but feels great. Cant wait to get out and try all the features. Explain the mic/speaker buttons please. I am awaiting a manual. Thanks.


If you still haven't got a manual you can download an app called ManualVeiwer on your smart phone. It has Nikon cameras manuals you can download. The D3 is listed.

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