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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.

Panasonic DMC-GH1 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 500D (RAW)

Panasonic DMC-GH1 (RAW)
Canon EOS 500D (RAW)
3.7MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)
4.2MB JPEG (4752 x 3168)

Switching to our benchmark RAW converter, Adobe Camera RAW, equalizes image processing between the two cameras and allows us to get a much better idea of the level of detail actually captured. Both cameras gain some extra image detail from the RAW process but on the GH1 the difference is more obvious. The GH1's results are simply excellent. A very impressive amount of detail and a very clean image - no jagged lines or other artifacts are visible.