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DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« on: September 19, 2012, 12:20:43 PM »
Canon has some catching up to do with respect to sensor performance as measured by http://www.DxOMark.com. Canon doesn't even come close to the top performing Nikons.  (High score is better.):

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96 Nikon D800E
95 Nikon D800
94 Nikon D600
81 Canon 5D III
79 Canon 5D II

(The Canon 1Dx is not yet rated.)
What are the chances that one of the reasons for the new sensor in the 6D is to catapult Canon's sensor performance into the mid 90's? I can't see Canon doing that considering the $3,500 EOS 5D III just came out and has a score of just 81. But Nikon's new $2,100 D600 kicks butt with a score of 94!

Sensor performance isn't everything... but, if I were to choose Nikon or Canon today, I wouldn't be choosing Canon.
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DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 12:22:15 PM »
What are the chances that one of the reasons for the new sensor in the 6D is to catapult Canon's sensor performance into the mid 90's?

near zero i guess... at least i would not place a bet.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 12:29:32 PM »
I think the problem is that Canon simply can't improve their DR, not even if their life depended on it. They just don't know how to do it.. YET.

But I think that if we are lucky, they will catch up to Nikon's (Sony's) current sensor tech, by year 2015.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 12:33:34 PM »
Sensor performance isn't everything...

Not only not everything, but far less than even remotely close to everything.  Consider all the glass the light must pass through before it even reaches the sensor.

Also consider that DxOMark is evaluating only the sensor, and also that their "Overall Score" is composite of three arbitrarily chosen "Use Case Scores" that are combined in a 'weighted' manner, but the weighting is not disclosed.  Furthermore, their use case scores are normalized to an 8 MP file size, which explains how a camera with 14 bits per pixel can, according to DxOMark, actually deliver a dynamic range greater than 14 bits of EV. 

IMO, their Measurements (screen) are valid and quite useful.  Their Scores are steaming pile of misleading cow excrement.

Just a little reality check...   :)
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2012, 12:44:20 PM »
Their Scores are steaming pile of misleading cow excrement.


Which in the end just confirm the evident fact that Sony sensors are better than Canon's. Not that misleading or far from the truth.

The weight of this fact in the value or performance of a camera is surely disputable, but it remains a fact.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 12:58:27 PM »
Their Scores are steaming pile of misleading cow excrement.
Which in the end just confirm the evident fact that Sony sensors are better than Canon's. Not that misleading or far from the truth.

...and also, apparently, much better than Phase One and Pentax 645 medium format sensors.  To me, that's misleading and far from the truth.
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 01:06:03 PM »
Sensor performance isn't everything...

Furthermore, their use case scores are normalized to an 8 MP file size, which explains how a camera with 14 bits per pixel can, according to DxOMark, actually deliver a dynamic range greater than 14 bits of EV. 


14 EV should be fine I guess. People get that with HDR, right?
Canon has some 9EV @ISO 100 and than you go +/- 2EV.  It would be great to get that from one shot though.
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 01:06:58 PM »
Makes you wonder where Nikon sensors would perform if not for Sony...

My guess? Very similar to Canon.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 01:15:31 PM »
Their Scores are steaming pile of misleading cow excrement.
Which in the end just confirm the evident fact that Sony sensors are better than Canon's. Not that misleading or far from the truth.

...and also, apparently, much better than Phase One and Pentax 645 medium format sensors.  To me, that's misleading and far from the truth.

Bigger sensor doesn't mean better sensor, so it's easy to understand how MF could lose in such a test.
It usually mean better IQ, surely, but as long as you compare sensors of the same size you don't risk to be misleaded.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 01:16:53 PM »
DxOMark who? The guys (actually the only guys on earth) who state that EF 70-200 F4 IS L is better than EF 70-200 F2.8 IS L II?
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 01:21:53 PM »
All I'd like to know is how these test scores/difference in sensor performance impact you guys on a daily basis as photographers.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 01:23:44 PM »
I didn't have experience of Nikon files processing, but from what I see, people who have Nikon system (for example, D3S, D700 with top glass, or something else) are not able to get the color tones I and my wife are getting as result of our work.

I'd be glad to examine a RAW image from a complex shooting environment (e.g., portrait made in the middle of the day with lot of reflections from trees/leaves around) made with help of a Sony sensor to prove that dark areas noise isn't everything that affects IQ.
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 01:25:30 PM »
Perhaps this has been stated before, but I tend to view the sensor as the "digital film" of the camera.  Every film has a different grain structure and some will test "better/higher" than other film depending on how you structure the test.  (Therefore, you can get different scores depending on how you weigh things).  You can post-process just about anything to look just like just about anything these days, but in the end, you pick the "digital film" that you prefer.  I've always preferred the look of Canon "film" for it's skin tones and visual pop.  This is even when I used old Nikon prime lens with an adapter.  No score can convince me otherwise.

In the high-end audio world, forums would blow up about tube vs. solid state amps and the argument always ended up being how cleanly an amp "measured" vs. how pleasing it actually sounds, and there was rarely a correlation between the two.
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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 01:31:08 PM »
I didn't have experience of Nikon files processing, but from what I see, people who have Nikon system (for example, D3S, D700 with top glass, or something else) are not able to get the color tones I and my wife are getting as result of our work.

I'd be glad to examine a RAW image from a complex shooting environment (e.g., portrait made in the middle of the day with lot of reflections from trees/leaves around) made with help of a Sony sensor to prove that dark areas noise isn't everything that affects IQ.
P.S. Here's what I get from Canon:

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 01:32:26 PM »
Perhaps this has been stated before, but I tend to view the sensor as the "digital film" of the camera.  Every film has a different grain structure and some will test "better/higher" than other film depending on how you structure the test.  (Therefore, you can get different scores depending on how you weigh things).  You can post-process just about anything to look just like just about anything these days, but in the end, you pick the "digital film" that you prefer.  I've always preferred the look of Canon "film" for it's skin tones and visual pop.  This is even when I used old Nikon prime lens with an adapter.  No score can convince me otherwise.

In the high-end audio world, forums would blow up about tube vs. solid state amps and the argument always ended up being how cleanly an amp "measured" vs. how pleasing it actually sounds, and there was rarely a correlation between the two.

This is true because film is a hardware device, or can be true if you shoot JPG.

Shooting RAW you can work on whatever you want, the only limit being the quality of the RAW file and the amout of information stored. DXO score is useful in comparing this.

Shooting RAW it really doesn't make sense to say "Oh, the Canon colors!". That is today more a lens trait than a sensor's.

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Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 01:32:26 PM »