Monday, March 25, 2013

DPReview posts Nikon D7100 Studio Tests

DPReview posted their studio scene tests for the Nikon D7100.  See here: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d7100/7

I compared the D7100, D5200, D7000, Olympus OM-D E-M5, and Pentax K-5 IIs.  Here are my observations:
- The D7100 is slightly but noticeably more detailed than the D5200.
- The D7100 looks about the same as the D7000, but the D7100 image is larger, so more details are preserved at high ISOs.
- The Olympus OM-D has much more chroma noise but has similar amount of detail as the D7100.
- Notwithstanding DXO's scores for these cameras, the Pentax K-5 IIs looks significantly better than any of them - more detailed, with less noise.  To me, at high ISOs, the K-5 IIs looks about 1 stop better than the D7100, D7000 or D5200.  This was very surprising to me because the K-5 IIs is based on the same sensor as the D7000 (except that the K-5 IIs has no low-pass filter).  Well done, Pentax! [but see comment below re Pentax noise reduction in raw)

UPDATE: I downloaded the studio scene samples and compared them at the same viewing sizes: Nikon D7100 High ISO comparison with D7000, D600 and D700


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