The Kodak DCS 620 is the new reference camera along with the 520, nearly every photograph I took with this camera (and I took a lot even in the short seven days I had the camera) were exposed, and balanced perfectly, low light and night time performance was exceptional (due to it's ability to take long exposures and the quality of the CCD and electronics systems). Blue channel response seems to be better than the 520 and colour matching and colour balance are unsurpassed.
Most images shown have been through the "Digital Darkroom" and then sampled down to 50% size (to fit in your browser). Read the section below on Digital Darkroom to understand why I process images before putting them in a gallery.
In total there are 36 sample images all with originals available (a link below the main image). All originals are JPEG 0% compression (nearly lossless and around 1Mb each), for the original TIFF as it came out of the camera email me with the exact filename (please try to keep your requests to two or three originals per person maximum).
Look especially at the smooth rendering of the sculptures, the beautiful detail, colour and tonal balance of the flower photographs and the detail against a bright background in the palm tree shots.
I'm a firm believer that no matter HOW good the camera is (and believe me, this one is fantastic) it will never see the subject the way your eye does, there is always some darkroom work to be done. In the case of digital photography this is much easier to achieve with excellent packages such as Photoshop you can easily balance the levels in a photograph and apply an unsharpen mask to slightly out-of-focus images. Some people don't agree with this, and that is why I also provide the original images linked from below the larger image.
Below you can see an example of what I mean by Digital Darkroom and how it can enhance (and correct) an image.
In this shot the camera made a very good judgement in very bad circumstances, I had pushed the shutter speed down to about 1/30s to blur the water however I hadn't noticed a very bad lens glare.. However, good old Photoshop saves the day, a quick histogram correction clears up the glare.
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