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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 4.1. 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 3.3 (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.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (RAW / 6MP) vs. Nikon D200 (RAW)

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (6MP)
Nikon D200
2,505 KB JPEG (4256 x 2848)
2,894 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

Here we have about as neutral a comparison as is possible, and although the D200 is the clear winner in terms of detail, we're not talking about a huge difference - and certainly not one you're likely to see unless you are producing very large prints

Fujifilm S5 Pro (RAW /12MP) vs. Canon EOS 5D (RAW)

Fujifilm S5 Pro (12MP)
Canon EOS 5D
3,833 KB JPEG (4256 x 2848)
3,509 KB JPEG (4368 x 2912)

As noted elsewhere ACR doesn't seem to be able to pull any extra resolution out of the S5 Pro's raw files when you try to create a 12MP file. Although the difference between ACR and Hyper Utility isn't huge, it is immediately visible, with the ACR result looking like a 6MP image that has been simply upscaled in software. All that said there's no comparison with the 'real' 12MP output of the EOS 5D if sharpness and resolution are important to you.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (RAW / 6MP) vs. Canon EOS 30D (RAW)

Fujifilm S5 Pro (6MP)
Canon EOS 30D
2,894 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
2,552 KB JPEG (3504 x 2336)

Unsurprisingly the difference between the 6MP FinePix S5 Pro and the 8MP EOS 30D are minimal, though again it should be added you'd get more detail using Fujifilm's own raw converter engine.