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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Olympus E-420 vs. Nikon D60

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-420: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Anti-shock 2 sec
  • Nikon D60: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Olympus E-420
Nikon D60
6,102 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
4,236 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

Despite both cameras carrying a ten megapixel label the E-420's 4:3 aspect ratio affords it an extra 144 pixels vertically (and our scene as well as resolution chart shots are framed vertically). Because of this the E-420's crops are slightly larger (more magnified) but don't show any more detail than the D60 crops. Color rendition is slightly different at default settings. The Nikon produces more saturated colors with a little more 'consumer appeal'. Both cameras handle highlights quite well, delivering a fairly soft 'roll-off' to the highlights on the paperclip crop. From a resolution and sharpness point of view these cameras deliver very similar results which you would struggle to distinguish at normal viewing size.