This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).
Sony DSLR-A700 vs. Canon EOS 40D
Sony DSLR-A700: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (auto MLU)
Canon EOS 40D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (with MLU)
Canon EOS 40D
3.5 MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)
3.2 MB JPEG (3888 x 2592)
The DSLR-A700's 256 vertical row resolution advantage isn't obvious from these images, we always knew that the 20% resolution increase (just 10% in each direction) wouldn't actually lead to much more visible detail and that's reflected by the actual crops here. The EOS 40D's slightly stronger sharpening (and probably better demosaicing) mean that if anything its image has a slightly crisper 'sharper per pixel' appearance than the DSLR-A700.