Kodak Pro DCS 520 Review
Being asked to judge the image quality of what is probably the best digital camera (except for the 6 million pixel 560 and the as-yet-released DCS 600 series) on the market is probably a fruiteless effort. Ask me for a personal opinion and I'll say that this camera takes images of a quality difficult to distinguish from scanned 35mm slides (and in many cases much better).
Combining Canon's excellent EOS-1 with Kodak's obvious digital photography expertise and that wonderful 3:2 2 million pixel CCD (plus all the other clever features of this camera which we just don't get to see; or worry about) means that you'll be taking photographs with this camera way and above anything previously experienced.
Colour balance, resolution, "picture depth" (something I can't explain technically), neutrality of tones and image purity (lack of noise) are exceptional, truely a reference camera.
This camera also has the ability to cover the spectrum of "film speeds" from ISO 200 landscape, portrait and studio work up to ISO 800 fast action sports coverage.
The only criticism I could find was the occasional poor sensitivty of the camera to the colour blue, this becomes apparant at higher ISO's (and especially in low light). The images below were taken under the same lighting conditions and a PowerShot Pro 70 sample is shown for references purposes. (Poor lighting was used deliberately to highlight the problem).
Finally a side by side comparison using the Canon 380EX Speedlight:
Original sample images:
- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%
|Sunflower Field by GrannyMeg|
from An impressionist piece
|Flag from Staten Island Ferry by wam7|
|Windswept juniper by Kreber|
from Wind power
|SAND SCULPTURE by duskman|
from Landscape - Black and White #4