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Studio scene comparison (higher sensitivity)

As well as shooting our studio test scene at each camera's lowest sensitivity we also shot it at ISO 800 and 1600. As you can see the DSC-R1's aggressive noise reduction is most noticeable at ISO 800 where some detail is lost although the overall effect is a relatively clean image, at ISO 1600 noise is more obvious especially in the dark area of the label, that said it does look better than the E-500. The overall winner though for higher sensitivities remains the Canon EOS 350D which delivers good detail and low noise at ISO 800 and 1600.

ISO 800

Sony DSC-R1 Canon EOS 350D
 
Olympus E-500  

ISO 1600

Sony DSC-R1 Canon EOS 350D
 
Olympus E-500  
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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (1 month 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)

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

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Pascal Parvex
By Pascal Parvex (5 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 (3 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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