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Studio scene comparison (vs. Nikon D70)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. All crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-300: Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro, Aperture Priority (F6.3),
    ISO 100, JPEG SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Nikon D70: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-300
Nikon D70
ISO 100, 1/2 sec, F6.3
ISO 200, 1/2 sec, F9
5,420 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)
2,718 KB JPEG (3008 x 2000)

The Nikon's color balance is definitely closer to the original scene, its reds are purer (no hue shift towards purple or orange) and its blue is more accurate. The E-300's resolution advantage here is even more pronounced (22% more vertical pixels). Nikon's much more neutral approach to image processing leaves the image looking a little 'flatter' (lower contrast) and less sharpened (although without any nasty sharpening artifacts).

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reanim888

Amazing!
The Olympus E-300 functions far more like a DSLR in terms of shot to shot recording rate, but still a bit slow when contrasted with Canon and Nikon’s sub-$1,000 offerings. The E-300 will capture subsequent images with just .59 seconds between. This remains slightly behind the XT’s .33 seconds and the D70’s .35 seconds recording rate, but still far beyond most compact models.

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