Studio Comparison

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

Note: this page features our new interactive studio scene. Click here for instructions on the widget.

Comparing the Samsung NX30 to the Olympus E-M10 at base ISO shows the advantage of the NX30's higher resolution sensor. The NX30 is able to resolve more horizontal lines and displays less moiré than its 16MP competitor in JPEG. Raw shows a surprising amount of moiré at low ISO. The E-M10 appears to be applying heavy sharpening, something that's evident when comparing how the two cameras render hair. The Nikon D3300 expectedly does a bit better with its higher resolution sensor pointed at the resolution chart.

Higher up the range at ISO 800 the NX30 doesn't maintain an obvious advantage over the E-M10. The Olympus camera still appears to be up to its over-sharpening tricks, and there's more very fine detail visible in the NX30's image, but especially once they're converted to a common output size they look very similar. Switching to Raw shows them to be close in that respect as well, despite the Samsung's sensor size advantage.

Farther up to ISO 6400 the D3300's slight edge in JPEG rendering effectively disappears. The NX30 is slightly more conservative in noise reduction and leaves a bit more high contrast detail intact but they're very close indeed. Low contrast detail however, is another story. At ISO 12800 the NX30's JPEG rendering is nicer than the EM10's, and comparing Raw files also suggests a slight advantage to the Samsung camera.

Switching to low light at base ISO the NX30's JPEG image shows a bit more fine detail than that of the Fujifilm X-M1, but by ISO 800 the X-M1 is looking a little better as the NX30 has missed some color noise in this scene. Stepping up to ISO 1600 shows the E-M10 not too far behind the NX30 in terms of JPEG noise reduction.

At a common output size at ISO 6400 the NX30 appears to do just a bit better handling noise and detail than the Olympus E-M10, but not by a wide margin. The Fujifilm X-M1 at the same sensitivity is clearly doing a better job with color noise. Comparing Raw images shows much more noise from the NX30, though it's possible that Fujifilm is applying some noise reduction in-camera to Raw files. At the highest sensitivity the X-M1's JPEG is much more usable than the NX30's, and the E-M10 turns in a more pleasant-looking JPEG.