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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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).

Nikon D60 vs. Olympus E-410

Camera settings:

  • Nikon D60: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
  • Olympus E-410: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Anti-shock 2 sec
Nikon D60
Olympus E-410
3,663 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
6,775 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

Again the comments made in the D40X review apply here. The Olympus E-410 enters this comparison with a 144 pixel advantage in the vertical direction (this difference due to its 4:3 aspect ratio compared to the more typical 3:2 ratio of the D60). This makes the E-410's crops look larger but it's difficult to pick out any specific area of our comparison image which gains from this minor advantage.

Overall it would be fair to say that 'out of the camera' with default settings these two cameras deliver very similar levels of detail and sharpness, and if you can live without image stabilization the Olympus looks like a real bargain here (you can currently grab one with a kit zoom for around $400). Color response is similar, though the D60's default settings produce images with more saturated reds (and mode IIIa has more vivid greens). The E-410's default sharpening is a little higher but detail capture is pretty much identical.

The D60 - even more than the D40X - also delivers considerably less harsh highlight clipping than the E-410, with a more gentle roll-off and a visibly greater dynamic range.