Compared to...

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).

Olympus E-3 vs Sony DSLR-A700

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-3: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/HQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Self-Timer (with MLU)
  • Sony DSLR-A700: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (auto MLU)
Olympus E-3
Sony DSLR-A700
4.5 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
3.5 MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)

As we said when we reviewed the A700, by comparison the E-3 delivers very nice detailed images with good low contrast detail and decent 'per pixel' sharpness. Although the A700 doesn't deal with highlights as well as, say, the D300, it's still better than the E-3.