You’ll have to pardon me, but I’m going to take a short photo op break and geek out a little bit on camera gear.
Today, Adobe came out with a release candidate of Adobe Camera Raw that will process D7000 RAW files. I ran a quick test to see how this new camera compares with the D90 and the D700.
I’ve put together a composite image below, which shows roughly the same scene photographed with each camera. I kept everything as constant as possible (e.g camera position, light, lens). The D90 is on the top at ISO 3200. The D7000 is in the middle at ISO 6400. And the D700 is on the bottom, also at ISO 6400.
I processed all three images with a zero preset in ACR and then adjusted only the exposure / fill light and tone to make them look roughly similar. I left all sharpening and noise controls set to zero (off).
Judging by this pseudo-rigorous test, the ISO performance of the D7000 appears to be in between the D90 and the D700. It looks about the same at ISO 6400 as the D90 does at ISO 3200 (e.g. ~1 stop better). Noise is not as low as the D700, but resolution looks better.
I’ve put this and other D7000 images in this set on Flickr. All of them are in high resolution so that you can better judge the image / camera quality. You can also click on the image below to go directly to it on Flickr. For any of these, select “Actions / View All Sizes” to see much larger versions of the photos and judge for yourself.
©2010, Ed Rosack. All rights reserved.