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.

Sony DSLR-A350 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 450D (RAW)

Sony DSLR-A350
Canon EOS 450D
4.1 MB JPEG (4592 x 3056)
3.6 MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)

The conversion from RAW using Adobe Camera Raw doesn't drastically change the earlier impression that the two cameras are pretty well matched. If there are any changes, it's slightly in the Canon's favor, with the roll-off at the highlights better controlled than in its JPEGs and slightly improved levels of detail without the obvious sharpening artefacts we saw in JPEGs at 100%.