Compared to... Canon EOS 5D

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

And, so that you can try subjecting the images to your own noise reduction and image processing workflow, you can download the following RAW files (Caution: Very large files):

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 5D (RAW)

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 lens, Manual exposure,
    ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
  • Canon EOS 5D: Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority,
    ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 5D
5,607 KB JPEG (5616 x 3744)
4,012 KB JPEG (4368 x 2912)

Both cameras produce considerably more detailed and sharper results from the RAW than they did in JPEG mode. On a pixel level, the original 5D is still slightly better than the Mark II, but this is to be expected as the original 5D had a very weak anti aliasing filter. In real world use the 5D Mark II will more than make up for any difference in pixel level sharpness with all those extra pixels, so if you need it, the 5D Mark II represents a significant resolution hike over its predecessor.

There is no visible difference in noise of either camera, the RAW file confirming what was seen in JPEG, which is that both cameras produce essentially noise free images at base ISO.