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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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. Nikon D300

Camera settings:

  • 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)
     
  • Nikon D300: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Normal), Self-Timer (with exposure delay)
Sony DSLR-A700
Nikon D300
3.5 MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)
4.4 MB JPEG (4288 x 2848)

The DSLR-A700 and D300 have identical vertical pixel count, the only difference being the D300's 16 extra horizontal columns (obviously Nikon has a slightly different interpretation of 3:2). A quick scan down these crops indicates that there's very little difference in absolute image quality apart from perhaps slightly more low contrast ('texture') detail from the D300 and a very slightly more conservative approach to sharpening.

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