« on: October 10, 2014, 12:13:12 AM »
I have played quite a bit with images from Sony based cameras and I am not denying the advantages that are there for certain specific applications. When I said hype, I am really referring to the way these demos are usually presented. Take a look at the recent bologna from Tony Northrup for example. This sort of thing can be quite misleading IMO.Most of this DR stuff (not all of it but a great deal of it) is nothing more than hype.
I'm curious to know how many people who say that DR is mostly just hype have actually played with enough Exmor-based RAW files to really understand the differences.
There is this notion that the only thing more dynamic range offers is additional shadow pushing. That's not the case. Shadow pushing is by far the most obvious benefit, but on a normalized basis, more dynamic range improves IQ across the board. I've provides some RAW files people can download...I really encourage them to. They aren't phenomenal works of art...but they do demonstrate the differences.
I also encourage anyone who downloads to not just compare the differences at 100%. Doing that doesn't reveal as much of a difference, and that is primarily because your comparing 36mp @ 100% to 22.3mp @ 100%. That means the frequency of the finest detail elements and the frequency of noise are different. The primary difference at 100% is the shadow pushing. Once you normalize, you start to see the full benefits of an Exmor sensor...which means lower noise across the board (not just in the shadows), sharper detail, better color fidelity, etc.