Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (vs. Olympus E-500)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Sony DSC-R1: Aperture Priority (F8),
    ISO 100, JPEG 10M/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
  • Olympus E-500: Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro, Aperture Priority (F6.3),
    ISO 100, JPEG SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Vivid), Self-Timer
Sony DSC-R1
Olympus E-500
ISO 160, 1/60 sec, F8
ISO 100, 1/60 sec, F6.3
4,299 KB JPEG (3888 x 2592)
5,474 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)

The vertical resolution advantage here is less, just 144 pixels, although remember the E-500 isn't covering as much as the frame horizontally. Differences between the two can be seen although it's doubtful you would see these in a print, again the DSC-R1 doesn't look quite as 'crisp' as the E-500, you get the feeling that there's additional detail there but that the DSC-R1's processor isn't revealing it quite as well as that in the E-500.