D800 images have less microcontrast and sparkle

Started Mar 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
B Bretz Regular Member • Posts: 403
Re: WTF is Sparkle...lol

Thank you, Joe. I've heard of aliasing. Never heard of it referred to as Sparkle.

Joesiv wrote:

B Bretz wrote:

We all know what micro-contrast is, but I've never heard of image "sparkle"

"sparkle" = aliasing


with bayer sensors micro contrast is often weak at any MP (yes even at 1MP native sensors), this is due to the AA filter. Some cameras have weak AA filters which get back some microcontrast, at the expense of possible aliasing or color moire (look at 5D mkII raw samples here at dpreview).

Once you get high enough MP's the lens becomes a factor, and indeed it can limit micro contrast.

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