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Studio scene comparison (RAW vs. RAW)

For a (slightly more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW 3.3.

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Sony DSC-R1: Aperture Priority (F8),
    ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT): Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
Sony DSC-R1 (RAW)
Canon EOS 350D (RAW)
ISO 160, 1/60 sec, F8
ISO 100, 1/40 sec, F9
3,027 KB JPEG (3888 x 2592)
2,458 KB JPEG (3456 x 2304)

Using the same RAW conversion workflow it's possible to see some advantage from the DSC-R1 although it's very close run result indeed. Both cameras extract a pretty amazing level of detail from our test scene and both cameras (using ACR) deliver good per-pixel sharpness. It's a pity the DSC-R1's in-camera processing couldn't take better advantage of the resolution being delivered by the lens/sensor combination.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (3 weeks ago)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1: 14.3-71.5mm f/2.8-4.8
Zeiss 73.8∠5.11 ∅ 2.8 ev (Wide)
Zeiss 17.1∠14.9 ∅ 4.8 ev (Tele)

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biffy7
By biffy7 (1 month ago)

We use this daily (2014). It is slow, but with 2 x 285HV (Original), for product shots. It does a very good job. The color is slightly off. It sits upon a Tiltall tripod from about 25yrs ago. (spotting a trend here). I figure that if I have the equipment sitting around, might as well put it to use.

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Joe186
By Joe186 (1 month ago)

Who’s “we”? Do you have a mouse in your camera bag?

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Pascal Parvex
By Pascal Parvex (4 months ago)

Had this camera before I bought my first DSLR, the 5D Classic. It is a capable camera, the first time I bought a Sony, as Canon did not have something comparable. I shot two Tokio Hotel concerts with this one, some pictures with 3200 ISO that turned out usable. Just the red tones are a little bit too speckled. Bought a DSLR afterwards because the R1 is quite slow.

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guyfawkes
By guyfawkes (2 months ago)

Agreed about the speed of handling, and by today's standards, the higher ISO settings are quite poor.

But where these aspects don't really matter, its IQ from the superb Zeiss lens can still give a modern dlsr a run for its money. And it would have to be a top of the range one as well, with top jolly optics.

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