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. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Olympus E-420 (RAW) vs. Olympus E-410 (RAW)

Olympus E-420 (RAW)
Olympus E-410 (RAW)
2,615 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
2,959 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

Removing any differences in image processing (by using the same RAW processing engine) we get a better view of the actual image captured by the sensor (as opposed to in-camera processing trickery). The RAW output would certainly seem to support our theory that the E-420 has a slightly stronger AA filter - the E-410 captures more detail, though once again you need to be looking pretty close to see the difference.