Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW. Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we had to 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 D60 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 400D (RAW)

Nikon D60 (RAW)
Canon EOS 400D (RAW)
3,354 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
3,021 KB JPEG (3888 x 2592)

By using a standard third party image processor (in this case Adobe Camera RAW) we can better compare the performance of the lens / sensor combination. As we've seen in previous RAW comparisons the use of Adobe Camera RAW often leads to an improvement in detail for all cameras. This is equally as true here, both images look 'crisper' with better detail than their JPEG equivalents, it's difficult to pick a clear winner from these two, fair enough to say that they both deliver very similar levels of detail from a RAW converted image, though the D60's output could do with a little more sharpening.