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Studio scene comparison (higher sensitivities)

The K2000 produces some pretty impressive results as you push the sensitivty upwards. At ISO 1600 it is able to match its peers for detail. This is helped by its limited attempts to surpress luminance noise, which ends up adding 'grain' to the image and this additional fine texture gives the impression of detail. It also allows quite a lot of chroma noise through at ISO 1600 (look in the black stripe across the bottom of the crop), but the offerings from Canon and Sony are producing much the same result at their default settings.

As you can see, ISO 3200 is not a common setting for cameras in this class to have. Mainly because they don't make a terribly good job of it. Although bits of the K2000's images look nearly as good as some of its competitors' performances at 1600, there are patches that have all detail smudged away. It's not a setting we'd recommend unless the shot is impossible without it.

ISO 800

Pentax K2000 Canon EOS 1000D
Olympus E-420 Sony Alpha 200

ISO 1600

Pentax K2000 Canon EOS 1000D
Olympus E-420 Sony Alpha 200

ISO 3200

Pentax K2000 Sony Alpha 200
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