Compared to... Sony Alpha 900

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW conversion notes.

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 5D Mark II (RAW) vs. Sony Alpha A900 (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
  • Sony DSLR-A900: Sony 85 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200, RAW,
    Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (auto MLU)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Sony A900
5,607 KB JPEG (5616 x 3744)
6,238 KB JPEG (6048 x 4032)

The amount of fine detail resolved from the front of the Martini bottle is very similar from both of these cameras, but the 5D Mark II holds a slight advantage in all these crops. These are both RAW files output from Adobe Camera RAW, so this should be a level playing field. But ultimately the A900 - with what should be one of the best lenses you can buy for it - can't quite compete with the EOS 5D Mark II's pixel level sharpness.