Studio scene comparison
Olympus E-1 vs. Canon EOS 10D (@ ISO 100)
- Olympus E-1: Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0, Aperture Priority, ISO
100, JPEG SHQ,
Manual WB, Default Parameters, Anti-Shock 2 secs
- Canon EOS 10D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority, ISO
100, JPEG Large/Fine,
Manual WB, Default Parameters, Mirror Lock-up self-timer
|Olympus E-1||Canon EOS 10D|
|ISO 100, 1/2 sec, F7.1||ISO 100, 1 sec, F10|
|2,958 KB JPEG (2560 x 1920)||2,138 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048)|
Color balance from the two cameras was fairly similar, with perhaps the EOS 10D delivering slightly more muted color on its default setting. The 10D's resolution advantage is clear, and seems to be beyond the simple additional vertical pixels. The E-1 exhibits some Bayer interpolation artifacts (including moiré), especially along diagonal pixel-wide lines, the 10D delivering a far cleaner image with almost no visible artifacts.
This further supports our assumption that the E-1's JPEG image processing engine is optimized for speed rather than quality (as noted with the 'High Speed' option in the RAW converter). Sharpness appears to be almost identical, with both cameras opting for a fairly hands-off approach.