Color rendering of old digital cameras

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Color rendering of old digital cameras
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In acquiring various used DSLRs on Ebay recently, I've noticed that some of the older digital cameras appear to exhibit a warmer color palette with greater saturation than their more recent counterparts. Of course, whether or not this is desirable to the photographer is a matter of subjective preference. Compare for example, in the photos of this crucifix, the tonality and color produced by the 4 megapixel Nikon D2H, pictured on top, to that of the one at the bottom, produced by 20 megapixel Sony A3000 mirrorless. The D2H is set at 500 ASA, while the Sony is at 400 ASA. Both shot as JPEG straight out of camera. Same lighting.

While the Sony image is clearly more detailed and can be printed much larger, I find that there is something uniquely and qualitatively beautiful in the rendering of the old Nikon that the mere ability to enlarge to ridiculous print sizes simply can't overcome.

Nikon D2H @ ASA 500 4 Megapixel DSLR

Sony A3000 @ ISO 400 20 Megapixel DSLR

Who else here prefers the colors of older digital cameras?

Nikon D2H
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