Compared to the Canon EOS-D60 (contd.)

Outdoor scene comparison

The following shot is of Tower Bridge, London. I had to shoot the D60 first and then walk forward a step or two before taking the D100 shot to compensate in the difference between the D60's 1.6x multiplier and the D100's 1.5x. Crops magnified 200%.

  • Nikon D100: Sharpening: Auto, Tone: Auto, Color Mode: I, White balance: Sunny,
    Aperture Priority, Auto Focus, Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 lens, Large/Fine JPEG
  • Canon EOS-D60: Parameters: Standard, White balance: Sunny,
    Aperture Priority, Auto Focus, Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Large/Fine JPEG

Note: We used the 'Auto' sharpening setting on the D100 as this proved to be consistently sharper than the 'Normal' setting. For examples of sharpening levels see this page.

Nikon D100 Canon EOS-D60
ISO 200, F8, 1/400 sec ISO 200, F8, 1/500 sec

Again, it's a very close match. Both cameras meter and expose the scene well, the D60 exhibiting slightly more dynamic range (but not much). Colour balance is similar, although the D60 does produce warmer looking tones, especially noticeable on the brick colour of the bridge. Resolution and detail are also similar, although I'd give the edge to the D60 which does look sharper and manages to pull a little more detail out of distant objects.