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. 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 default)
  • Open file to 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 500D (RAW) vs. Canon 450D (RAW)

Canon EOS 500D (RAW)
Canon EOS 450D (RAW)
4.2MB JPEG (4752 x 3168)
3.6 MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)

Compared to the JPEG output both cameras eke a tad more detail out of the RAW files. In terms of pixel detail the 450D is nothing short of outstanding. The 500D is not far behind but can't quite match its predecessor in this comparison. Having said that, the new model of course offers a higher resolution which makes up for the slight pixel detail disadvantage when producing larger prints.