Informal High ISO RAW File Image Comparison: Canon 5D Mk II vs Sony A99 vs Sony RX-1

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 5d mk II Sony A99 and RX1 comparison post (1 of 1)ISO 200

Back in September, Sony flew myself and other journalists out to test their latest products out in real world settings. A while back, I gave everyone a very informal image comparison between the Sony A99, 5D Mk II, and RX-1. The problem was though that back then the RX-1’s raw files weren’t supported in Adobe Lightroom 4. And now, they are.

Here is that test redone for your viewing pleasure.

 

Gear Used

For this test we used the Canon 5D Mk II paired with the 35mm f1.4 USM L, Sony A99 with the 24-70mm f2.8, and the RX1.

Be also sure to check out our Sony A99 review and our Extended first impressions of the Sony RX1.

Technique for the Test

All three images were shot in RAW and approximately shot the same scene. Careful measures were taken to ensure that the same exposure was set for each photo.

In our original test, we also saw that the Canon 5D Mk II’s white balance was quite off. In this test, we are showing the original white balance and a closely color corrected version.

All images were sized down to 2MB files at 72 PPI to simulate the effects of where most of our images go: the web. All color correction and resizing was done in Adobe Lightroom 4.

Files

Canon 5D Mk II at ISO 6400 1/1000th f2.8 uncolor corrected

Canon 5D Mk II at ISO 6400 1/1000th f2.8 uncolor corrected

Canon 5D Mk II ISO 6400 1/1000 f2.8 color corrected

Canon 5D Mk II ISO 6400 1/1000 f2.8 color corrected

Sony A99 ISO 6400 1/1000th f2.8

Sony A99 ISO 6400 1/1000th f2.8

Sony RX-1 ISO 6400 1/1000 f2.8

Sony RX-1 ISO 6400 1/1000 f2.8

Inferences

– The Canon 5D Mk II still can hold its own quite well.

– Color correcting obviously introduced more noise into the Canon file. But Sony’s white balancing is better if you’re looking at upgrading.

– The RX-1 looks to be the cleanest file of the three.

– The A99’s file seems to be the most detailed.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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