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Resolution Chart Comparison

Shots here are of the PIMA/ISO 12233 standard resolution test chart (more of which are available in our comparison database). This resolution chart allows us to measure the actual performance of the lens and sensor system. It measures the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions and enables us to provide a definitive value for comparison purposes. Values on the chart are 1/100th lines per picture height. So a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height. Lenses used: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 / Nikkor 50 mm F1.4, stopped down to F9.0 (aperture selected for optimum sharpness). Studio light, cameras set to Program AE, default parameters.

Nikon D70 Canon EOS 300D
Canon EOS 10D Nikon D100

Nikon D70 Canon EOS 300D
Canon EOS 10D Nikon D100

Nikon D70 Canon EOS 300D
Canon EOS 10D Nikon D100

Nikon D70 Canon EOS 300D
Canon EOS 10D Nikon D100

Nikon D70 Canon EOS 300D
Canon EOS 10D Nikon D100

Measurable findings (three measurements taken for each camera):

Camera Measurement Absolute
Res.
Extinction
Res.
Nikon D70 Horiz LPH 1600  * 1850 
Vert LPH 1450  * 1850 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Canon EOS 300D Horiz LPH 1600  1900 
Vert LPH 1450  1850 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Canon EOS 10D Horiz LPH 1600  1900 
Vert LPH 1450  1850 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Nikon D100 Horiz LPH 1600  * 1850 
Vert LPH 1300  * 1700 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 

* Moiré is visible, + Chart maximum

Definition of terms:

LPH Lines per Picture Height (to allow for different aspect ratios the measurement is the same for horizontal and vertical)
5° Diagonal Lines set at 5° diagonal
Absolute Resolution Still defined detail (below Nyquist frequency*)
Extinction Resolution Detail beyond camera's definition (becomes a solid gray alias)
n/a Not Available (above the capability of the test chart)
n/v Not Visible (not visible on test results)

* Nyquist frequency defined as the highest spatial frequency where the sensor can still
faithfully record image detail. Beyond the Nyquist frequency aliasing occurs.

A noticeable improvement in sharpness between the D70 and D100, resolution slightly higher. The D70 clearly on terms (and in some instances slightly better) than the EOS 300D / EOS 10D however there is clearly strong visible moiré at the limits of resolution.

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Comments

Total comments: 4
BobFoster

Had this DSLR since 2004 and I still can't get enough of it. It feels so much more solid than any reasonably priced offerings of modern day. And the kit lens...what a fantastic kit lens! Reaches longer and has a faster aperture than any kit lens of today. A true workhorse combination.

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reanim888

I think thant as of January 2005 it's one of the most popular cameras of all time and usually in short supply. Since stores can sell as many of them as Nikon can ship no one has any reason to have to discount. I've never seen a discount from anyone, and all the discounts I've seen are from scam operations who never really have any to ship. I just got on a waiting list and my camera appeared. Be very wary of fraud over the internet. Adorama and B&H and Amazon are fine, but be careful of the thousands of others offering these.

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jkittyler

Hi am just asking i real don't know what wrong with my camera D70 i just took 350 picture then there no more spice in my me Compact Flash Memory Cards is full

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Lassoni

You should make a topic in the forums, but if the camera is functioning correctly, then the memory card is simply full, and you need to make space by moving the pictures to computer.

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