What camera for $400-$450? Have Nikon D5100 and Canon T3i, any others?

Started Jan 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
Ontario Gone
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Re: What camera for $400-$450? Have Nikon D5100 and Canon T3i, any others?

KCook wrote:

Which is why I posted that this depends on precisely how you define IQ. If IQ is defined as the lowest possible noise vs intrinsic sharpness, then yes, the big sensor wins (oh duh). But that is a pixel peeper game. Many casual shooters are happy with nice color, contrast, and apparent sharpness. Which are largely independent of sensor size. So far, from the flavor of the posts by the OP, I'm not persuaded that he is a pixel peeper.


This still makes no sense, because color, contrast, and local contrast (sharpness) can all be manipulated in PP. This is like people who claim a certain camera has "better" color than another. Color is completely controllable in post, and even low contrast lenses can be corrected in post. Im not picking on you, but im saying IQ is IQ, and there's only two sources: The lens, and the sensor. The lens is the weak link because you can't actually make a photo sharper in post, you can only increase contrast. Most people define IQ by one criteria. The more light you get, the better the signal will be, assuming all other factors are equal.

The RX100 is a nice camera, but it will never match the IQ of a camera with the same F stop and a larger sensor, no matter how much PP you do.

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