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 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-L1 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 30D (RAW)

Panasonic DMC-L1 (RAW)
Canon EOS 30D (RAW)
3,891 KB JPEG (3136 x 2352)
2,847 KB JPEG (3504 x 2336)

Using the same image processing path from a RAW file the L1 demonstrates slightly more detail in certain areas of the image. It shows that the difference in sharpness and detail we saw on previous pages was perhaps primarily down to image processing. (There is also a difference in DOF between the two, this due to the smaller aperture and longer subject distance for the L1 shot).