Apparently, noise isn't the number one issue to everyone

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Most-recent issue (in Canada) of the Brit magazine Amateur Photography
    put the Sony A100 against the Canon Rebel XTi. They rated the Sony
    higher in most aspects including image quality. What swayed them was
    not noise levels but sharpness and detail. The Sony (of the 10 megs
    tested so far) seems to do the least post-sensor modification to the
    image. Results are similar to what Panasonic's P&Ss used to produce
    (as compared to other P&S cameras), high sharpness and detail at the
    cost of more noise. However, I think most people would prefer to
    handle noise that exists in post-camera software.
    RichA, Nov 27, 2006
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  2. RichA

    Quaoar Guest

    This is especially true when printing at reduced size, where the
    additional noise is averaged out, making a 'better looking' print than
    does Canon's softness. Since most either do not print at all or make
    4x6, etc, reduced prints, Sony has a point in their favor for the bulk
    of consumers. IMO.

    Quaoar, Nov 27, 2006
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  3. RichA

    frederick Guest

    Noise is also a much overrated "fault" when printing large. CA,
    fringing, etc are much more problematical IMO.
    frederick, Nov 27, 2006
  4. RichA

    RichA Guest

    According to an executive at Canon's lens design division, one of the
    key reasons they are now putting more design emphasis (use of exotic
    materials, etc) into the APS-C EF lenses is that digital printing is
    encouraging people to make larger prints than they used to.
    RichA, Nov 27, 2006
  5. Doesn't strike me as a good design, a 10 Mpixel sensor for 2 Mpixel prints
    (and less than 2 Mpixel displays).
    Philip Homburg, Nov 27, 2006
  6. Maybe someone will buy you a camera for Christmas so you can speak from
    a halfway informed point of view.
    Randall Ainsworth, Nov 28, 2006
  7. RichA wrote:
    That's possibly true for me, although as I used to take slides on 35mm
    film, it's difficult to compare! I suppose as Canon are selling printers,
    they might say that!

    But certainly, I think that the present worship of complete freedom from
    noise is just a fashion that will pass, and people will appreciate the
    image content more than its technical perfection. (I'm not saying that
    aiming to reduce noise is a bad thing, though).

    David J Taylor, Nov 28, 2006
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