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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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).

Olympus E-410 vs. Nikon D40X

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-410: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Anti-shock 2 sec
     
  • Nikon D40X: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-410
Nikon D40X
6,775 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
3,695 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

Despite both cameras carrying a ten megapixel label the E-410's 4:3 aspect ratio affords it an extra 144 pixels vertically (and our scene as well as resolution chart shots are framed vertically). Because of this the E-410's crops are larger (more magnified) but don't really show any more detail than the D40X crops. There is a noticeable difference in the rendition of greens, the D40X (with its default color mode IIIa) has had its color map set up to produce brighter more 'appeal' (consumer friendly) greens which work well for landscape shots. Another subtle difference is the handling of highlights, the D40X delivering a softer 'roll-off' to the highlights on the paperclips crop. From a resolution and sharpness point of view (with default settings) these cameras deliver very similar results which in print would be difficult to distinguish.

Olympus E-410 (NF Off) vs. Nikon D40X

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-410: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Noise Filter Off, Sharpness -2, Anti-shock 2 sec
     
  • Nikon D40X: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-410 (NF Off)
Nikon D40X
6,810 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
3,695 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

As demonstrated on the previous page lifting the veil of noise reduction reveals the E-410's true potential and the vertical pixel count advantage does begin to show improved detail and texture over the D40X (although differences at this level on a image of this size would only show in a large print).

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