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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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).

Sony DSLR-A700 vs. Olympus E-3

Camera settings:

  • Sony DSLR-A700: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer (auto MLU)
  • Olympus E-3: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Self-Timer (with MLU)
Sony DSLR-A700
Olympus E-3
3.5 MB JPEG (4272 x 2848)
4.5 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

The E-3 may have 'only' ten megapixels to the A700's twelve but because of it's four to three aspect ratio the lost pixels are on the left and right of our scene (as it's framed vertically) and so it has almost exactly the same vertical pixel count. Compared to the A700 the E-3 delivers very nice detailed images with good low contrast detail and a noticeable 'crispness' (again, per pixel sharpness). One noticeable difference are the clipped highlights on the paperclips and the jagged artifacts this has produced.