A57 or A65 for lowlight wildlife?

Started Oct 28, 2012 | Questions thread
sensibill Veteran Member • Posts: 5,401
Re: A57 or A65 for lowlight wildlife?

theswede wrote:

What constitutes 'almost precisely the same' is going to be best left to the individual to decide.

Objective evaluation shows them to be almost precisely the same in actual performance. The only differences are in processing choice in camera, the amount of information in the images is the same. DxO shows this, as do independent tests.

This is a false claim.

Anyone claiming there is substantial difference in information in a low light photo from an A57 and A65 is in opposition to objective measurement data. The sensors perform almost identical, as expected from sensors in the same generation.

False statement. See above.

DPR is useless for this comparison. No, scratch that, worse than useless

False, hyperbolic statement.

But ultimately the best way to determine whether a camera can do what one wants is to find photos on the 'net where someone has done what one wants to do. If they are good, then the camera can be used to produce them.

This is applicable to almost any camera above a basic compact.

That's fairly good advice, but again, OOC images will be pretty bad (in different ways) no matter the camera. The A57 loses shadow detail and the A65 shows chroma noise - different ways of showing the information loss from low light.

The A57 does not 'lose shadow detail'. The A57 images have less chroma noise. Period.

But taking photos with both and trying to make them look as good as possible is a good way of finding if the camera will match a workflow one is comfortable with.

Any camera will 'match a workflow' because you're dealing with the same (RAW) format. It's whether the BASELINE IMAGE QUALITY MATCHES THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL.

In short, don't listen to claims and opinions on the forum. Go see for yourself. Ignore people that claim this or that test is irrelevant, or how to 'interpret' the data to favor one model when your eyes tell you something different.

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