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Studio scene comparison (vs. Olympus C-8080 WZ)

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
     
  • Olympus C-8080 WZ: 100 mm equiv. zoom, Aperture Priority (F5),
    ISO 50, JPEG SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-300
Olympus C-8080 WZ
ISO 100, 1/2 sec, F6.3
ISO 50, 1/2 sec, F5
5,420 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)
3,849 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)

Note that in this comparison there is no longer any vertical resolution advantage for the E-300 because the C-8080 has the same 4:3 aspect ratio and in fact the exact same output image size.

What an interesting comparison, the C-8080 with its eight megapixel 8.8 x 6.6 mm CCD and 5x zoom lens versus the E-300 with its eight megapixel 17.3 x 13 mm CCD and a quality prime lens.

Which did better? If we're only going to talk about detail and sharpness then I'd have to hand it to the C-8080 which performed extremely well, delivering marginally more detail and in fact having slightly more accurate color (reds). Obviously there's the sensitivity advantage, the C-8080 shot was taken at ISO 50 and the E-300 will perform much better (lower noise) than the C-8080 at higher sensitivities.

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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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