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Studio scene comparison (RAW)

In order to achieve as near to a level playing field for comparison as possible, we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW (in this case ACR 5.6). Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
  • Open file to 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.

Nikon D3S vs. Nikon D3

Nikon D3S
Nikon D3
4.1MB JPEG (4256 x 2832)
4.1MB JPEG (4256 x 2832)

Apart from the fact that Adobe Camera RAW 5.6 is applying a slightly different color profile to files from the D3S and D3 there is little to distinguish raw files from these cameras at their native ISO setting of 200 (equivalent). There is slightly more detail here than can be seen in both cameras' respective JPEG output, which is especially evident in this scene in the fine lines on the lady's face in the third crop from the top, and the texture in the cotton balls and the fabric of our toy dog's head.