How to properly compare RX-100 and NEX-6 kit high ISO noise?

Started Apr 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mel Snyder
Mel Snyder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,088
Re: How to properly compare RX-100 and NEX-6 kit high ISO noise?

Vlad4D wrote:

Mel Snyder wrote:

"Reciprocity" - which those of us from the film era knew well - is key to dynamic range in sensors as well as film. The sensitivity of sensors and film is not linear. The NEX "jams" the reciprocity curve on only one factor, because it cannot open to an aperture wider than f3.5. That forces the worst case for the reciprocity of the NEX sensor. The RX-100 faces no such single-factor jam.

Yes, it forces worse scenario for NEX. But this was one of the points of the test: will the NEX manage to overcome limited aperture problem with a help of bigger sensor? Seems like no - it only managed to be about the same as RX or little worse (on wide end)

It's not just the "limited sensor/bigger sensor" - it's the way each measures the scene - as I pointed out in the part of my message you didn't mention. That's why the left edge of the RX-100 is overexposed.

This is especially prejudicial because you allowed the cameras to "choose" ISO 3200, which has a horrible dynamic range - anyone who has actually shot much at ISO 3200 understands that it's horrific on subjects with considerable peak-to-trough lighting challenges. Again, you jam the test against the NEX, but favor the RX-100 because it can admit more light.

It is possible that ISO800 on RX-100 is doing internally exactly same signal amplification as ISO3200 on NEX. Similar noise levels partially proves that. So most likely dynamic range should be also similar. It is just my assumption ...

These tests are absurd on the face of it, anyway. One device is an optimized tiny camera that is best of class. The other is an interchangeable lens mirrorless that is, in the opinion of all but the MFT crowd, best of class. Comparing the NEX and RX-100 is as absurd as if someone with a digital Hasselblad came came onto the forum and said, "let's compare." To which I'd say, "sure, I'll put my RX-100 in my pocket, you put your Hasselblad in yours, and let's go test cameras."

I think comparing always makes sense - it helps us to find right tool for our hobby or work.

Perhaps - but this kind of test doesn't prove anything. A camera optimized for a single lens versus one that can handle thousands of lenses? And a scene specifically picked to handicap one and favor the other? That's the way Florida Republicans set polling locations and hours.

Anyone for actually taking photos instead of optical arm-wrestling?

This is brand specific and actually camera line specific forum, and of course people discuss technical aspects here. For pure art we have several other forums on But by some reason they are no so active as for example this one

Nice picture

Thanks. But this test isn't a technically balanced comparison. If you picked a scene that nullified the differences in metering systems, then - perhaps - the test might have been valid. But as I noted, the scene you selected favored the heavily center-weighted RX100, which is why the left edge blew out, but was properly exposed with the NEX-6. From that point on, the test proves nothing.

NEX-6 with 50mm Summicron, f2.8

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