Raw comparison (Adobe Camera Raw)

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:

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.

In both cases we used our standard workflow (sharpening turned off in the raw converter and applied at an equal level in Photoshop before saving as JPEG):

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled) / Capture One
  • Set Sharpness to zero (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

Samsung NX10 (Raw) vs. Nikon D5000 (Raw)

Samsung NX10
Nikon D5000
5.4 MB JPEG (4592 x 3056)
4.4 MB JPEG (4288 x2848)

As usual, converting from RAW shows how little there is to choose between cameras in terms of sensor capability, particularly at their lowest ISO settings. The Nikon retains a slight advantage when it comes to rendering the finest detail in the scene (the cross-hatching in the face in the third crop, for instance), despite its lower nominal resolution (pixel count).