70D Dynamic Range is actually great, despite what DXOMark says

Started Jan 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
rwbaron Forum Pro • Posts: 14,218
Re: 70D Dynamic Range is actually great, despite what DXOMark says

Sol Invictus wrote:

I am really interested in the dynamic range specs of the 70D. However many of the posts above delve into technical details about RAW coversion issues but imo still don't offer much to the discussion. I think that in order to check the 70D's DR specs, someone should post some comparisson shots of the same subject with a camera with better DR (at least on paper). The Nikon D5300 & D7100 come to mind.

So, how about shooting some clouds, shadows etc with the two cameras side-by-side in order to see the differencies?

It would be nice if it were that simple.

The only way to realize the advantage the Nikon's have over the Canon's is to shoot a scene with an extreme DR in RAW, expose to preserve the highlights (brightest areas making the entire photo appear underexposed) and then lift the shadow and mid-tones areas back to normal values in post processing. If this is done the Nikon's will have cleaner shadows with less noise and patterns due to their greater DR because of their lower noise floor (realized in cleaner shadows).

If you're not willing to do post process work on RAW files or if you shoot JPEG's most or all of the time there is little to no difference between either brand. The DR range that any Canon can capture cannot be displayed on a monitor or in a print. The DR of any camera is realized by compressing the extremes into values that can be displayed by your monitor or in a print.


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