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 D700 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 5D (RAW)
Nikon D700 (RAW)
Canon EOS 5D (RAW)
3.3 MB JPEG (4256 x 2382)
3.4 KB JPEG (4368 x 2912)
Taking the in-camera processing out of the equation shows that at base ISO these two cameras produce very similar results. The D700's RAW files produce better sharpness and detail than its JPG counterparts but the 5D has a weaker anti alias filter and therefore produces an even marginally finer resolution and better 'per pixel' sharpness than the Nikon. In any case you'll have to indulge in some serious pixel-peeping to spot a difference (especially after adding a tad of additional sharpening to the D700's images).