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Nikon D2H vs. Canon EOS 10D (@ ISO 200)

We chose the EOS 10D as a reference six megapixel digital SLR and because of its CMOS sensor, many comparisons have been drawn between Nikon's LBCAST technology and Canon's CMOS sensor. This may also serve as an interesting comparison of the gain in resolution between four and six megapixels. Remember that the EOS 10D is not aimed at the same market as the D2H.

Camera settings:

  • Nikon D2H: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Aperture Priority, ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer 2 secs
     
  • Canon EOS 10D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority, ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters, Mirror Lock-up self-timer
Nikon D2H Canon EOS 10D
ISO 200, 1/1.6 sec, F10 ISO 200, 1/2 sec, F10
1,625 KB JPEG (2464 x 1632) 2,325 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048)

Again the color balance differences were subtle but similar to the EOS-1D comparison. It's fairly clear to see the resolution advantage carried by the EOS 10D but it's also worth noting the trademark noise free areas of flat color in the image, something the D2H doesn't achieve (and is something we'd expected to see from Nikon's LBCAST sensor). On the negative side one thing the EOS 10D does exhibit are halo sharpening artifacts around dark areas of detail.

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