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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-P1 vs. Canon EOS 500D

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-P1: Olympus 50 mm F2 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
     
  • Canon EOS 500D: Canon 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Olympus E-P1
Canon EOS 500D
7.4 MB JPEG (4032 x 3024)
4.8 MB JPEG (4752 x 3168)

The 500D's JPEG output is a lot closer to the EP-1's, but even here the little Olympus has the edge when it comes to pixel-level sharpness - despite the Canon's higher nominal resolution. There's really not a lot in it though, and in a print you'd be unlikely to see any difference in detail at all. The 500D's color and contrast is a little more muted, and again it's handling the roll-off of highlights a little more gently (and again, the difference would be less at ISO 200), but as both cameras offer extensive control over image parameters this is really only relevant to those who never change a single camera setting.

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