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 3.4 Beta. Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras we had to use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW 3.4 (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings left as default)
  • Open file into 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 within minutes of each other. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings a per previous pages (except for the use of RAW format).

Olympus E-330 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 350D (RAW)

Olympus E-330
Canon EOS 350D
2,128 KB JPEG (3136 x 2352)
2,517 KB JPEG (3456 x 2304)

Applying the same image processing engine (Adobe Camera RAW) and the same amount of sharpening to both camera's RAW captured data reveals that the primary difference between these two (at ISO 100) is the strength of the anti-alias filter (the E-330's blurring more). The E-330 image looking as though it could perhaps need a little more sharpening, and hence this could lead to more sharpening artifacts and less 'per pixel sharpness'.