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Compared to... (Canon EOS-300D / Digital Rebel)

Some will argue that the DSC-F828 shouldn't be compared to a digital SLR. And up until the introduction of the EOS-300D I would have agreed. However with a kit price (including the 18-55 mm lens) of $999 the EOS-300D is now an alternative to high end prosumer digital cameras such as the DSC-F828 and clearly offers better future expansion in the ability to use standard EOS accessories and lenses. The comparison below was shot with the standard kit lens.

Because of the difference in aspect ratio (3:2 for the 300D, 4:3 for the F828) we framed the image so that the vertical coverage was identical. This obviously hands a 400 pixel (20% more) advantage to the F828.

Exposure compensation was applied to equalize the tonal balance of the image between each camera (because of differences of metering and tone curve). We also selected an aperture on the EOS-300D which would have a similar lens sharpness and depth of field as the F828.

Studio scene comparison

  • Sony DSC-F828: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, JPEG 8 MP (3264 x 2448) / Fine, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Canon EOS-300D: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters (P1),
    Manual white balance, JPEG Large (3072 x 2048) / Fine, EF 18-55 mm lens (kit)
     
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Sony DSC-F828 Canon EOS-300D (Digital Rebel)
ISO 64, 1/2 sec, F5.0 ISO 200, 1 sec, F8.0
3,488 KB JPEG 2,536 KB JPEG

The EOS-300D's larger pixel size and CMOS sensor technology delivers cleaner smoother images with no visible noise. The DSC-F828 manages to render slightly more detail (this can be attributed to the vertical pixel count advantage), but there's something more natural and appealing to the EOS-300D image, it's just somehow more 'film like'. We must note however that the EOS-300D image does have some of those 'strange dot' artifacts we've seen from other Canon CMOS D-SLR's as well as slight purple fringing / blooming on the reflective silver spoons.

Footnote: Spend more on lenses or put a 50 mm prime lens on the EOS-300D and you'd expect even more sharpness.

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