The same studio scene comparison shot (and setup)
as the previous page but here shot at ISO 1600. This time we are looking
for any decrease in sharpness at this higher sensitivity and the differences
in visible noise. Again, as with previous comparisons the EOS 300D exposure
was set a third of a stop faster than the D70.
Nikon D70: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Manual Exposure, ISO 1600,
Manual WB, Default Parameters ('Normal'), Self-timer
Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Manual Exposure, ISO 1600,
Manual WB, Default Parameters ('Parameter 1'), Self-timer
At this high sensitivity it's fairly clear to see that
both cameras automatically decrease their sharpening to an attempt to
keep visible noise down. Again its very close, both cameras performing
fairly similarly, if anything I would say that the D70's images are more
preferable because its noise is more even throughout the color channels
and appears as monochromatic 'grain' rather than the color blotches seen
in the EOS 300D image (which is also more difficult to remove later).
Kudos to Nikon then.