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).
Sony DSLR-A350: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Normal), Self-Timer
5.0 MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)
4.0 MB JPEG (4592X x 3056)
The G1 also produces slightly sharper, more detailed images than the A350, itself no slouch at rendering high-contrast detail such as the medals in crop three (though in all cases you need to be looking very closely or printing very big to see these differences). The G1's higher contrast certainly helps make that detail stand out but means it doesn't handle the highlights of the paperclips as well as the A350 (which is something of a star performer in this respect). The G1 also produces more magenta reds than the Sony (and the Olympus, for that matter), which appears to be something of a characteristic of this generation of Panasonic's cameras.