Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW 3.4 Beta. Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we had to use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings left as default)
  • Open file into Photoshop
  • Apply a Unsharp mask: 80%, Radius 1.0, Threshold 0
  • Save as a TIFF (for cropping) and as a JPEG quality 11 for download

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Canon EOS 30D (RAW) vs. Nikon D200 (RAW)

Canon EOS 30D
Nikon D200
2,552 KB JPEG (3504 x 2336)
2,894 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

This is about as neutral a comparison as is possible, RAW converted using the same RAW converter with the exact same sharpening applied. The same comments as JPEG apply, there is a slight detail advantage with the D200 but it's really pretty slight. It's probably also fair to say that the EOS 30D image looks very slightly sharper 'per pixel' hinting that the anti-alias filter on it is lighter than that used on the D200.