Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW conversion notes.

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.

Pentax K2000 (K-m) vs. Olympus E-420

Pentax K2000(RAW)
Olympus E420 (RAW)
3.2 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592 )
2.6 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592)

As we've said before, without the sharpening that is usually added in-camera, the E-420 just can't keep up with the K2000. The fact that there's so little difference in JPEG suggests that either Olympus is doing something very good to its JPEGs or Pentax is getting it very wrong (or, more likely, a little bit of each).