16MP sensor improvements?

Started Apr 24, 2013 | Questions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: Rather significant, actually, although YMMV applies

Chatokun wrote:

I'd like to note that you two are comparing different things. One is comparing to Canon (hence the "all but the best FF sensors) while the other is comparing more accurately to Nikon, Fuji, Sony. Canon hasn't really updated their sensor technology significantly for a while. The Sony and whatever sensor Fuji is using have superior numbers.

I tend to wonder if Canon is just keeping on top via rep and client base.. I see great praise for cameras such as the Canon 5D mark II and III, and see a lot of consumers using them, but the newer Nikons on all fields seem to blow Canon stuff away... with strict senor tests anyway. Once you start bringing lenses, processors, functions, and other such things in, the result may be quite different.

On reason why the sensor tech may not hurt Canon too much is that they are seriously behind only when it comes to low-ISO performance (low dynamic range due to high read noise at low ISOs). At high ISOs, the Canon sensors are reasonably competitive and the shortcomings at low ISOs is noticeable primarily to those who shoot RAW and value the ability to push shadows in PP. I belong to that group, so I consider the poor base-ISO DR a significant weakness. But I can't rule out the possibility that I am part of a pretty small minority.

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