18 comments on “50Mp Camera Images Compared

  1. Looking at the images I think the Pentax 745z is the outright winners. I’m not just saying that because I own a 745z but because it is clearly the winner.

    • I love the Pentax’s contrast, but I see differences that could be relevant depending on what you shoot – people vs landscapes for example. More neutral colors (especially skin tones) and vivid colors are two different photography styles IMHO. So I think different tools for different jobs. 🙂

  2. Darryl Luscombe on - Reply

    Did you use the same lens on each camera, or different lenses in each case? Different manufacturers lenses would also have a potential effect on the resulting image.

    • Each camera had a comparable lens – their own brand “normal” lens. I don’t recall exactly which was which. The Pentax probably had their 90mm macro, the Hasselblad may have had their 80mm. The Canon had a couple of lenses at different times, including their “standard” 24-70L. The goal was to have comparable lenses and perspectives.

  3. Henning Heinemann on - Reply

    Why did all the Hasselblad images get taken from a higher angle than the Canon or Pentax? It changes the quality of the reflected light. This is a poor comparison, and hopefully not constructed to be misleading.

    • Different people shot each, and we didn’t know they were at different heights until we received images after the event. We had a camera stand in place to allow all to be positioned the same (visible in the behind-the-scenes images on our Facebook page), but I believe someone handheld the Hasselblad and shot from just over the head on the camera stand. We weren’t rigidly scientific about the process, as we were focusing (no pun intended) more on allowing everyone to shoot with each camera.

  4. Sorry, but I don’t see any differences at all. I used Phase one P45+ before and it gave much much better quality than 35mm cameras. This post show how Canon camera is awesome with cheaper price compare to Pentax and Hasselblad. Also, the testing wasn’t even fare enough. Canon should’ve used Otus type lenses. Beside this issue, Canon provided almost same quality with medium format cameras. I assume that the testing was quite poor since the quality of medium format camera pics is worse than Phase one P45+ pics that I shot before. What a bad test shooting.

    • Phase is comparable to the hasselblad and Pentax though the C1 software is unbeatable. Otus lenses will not change sensor shortcomings. The Canon blows whites earlier than medium format no matter what lens you slap on it, which is evident in landscape comparisons. In most cases, the Pentax offers the highest quality option; price dependent.

  5. Paul Kienitz on - Reply

    There seem to be some substantial differences in depth of focus, meaning that some of the more interesting parts of the images can’t really be compared.

  6. Me parecen muy buenas las imágenes de la Pentax, pero hay una pequeña diferencia en los colores, eso se debe a la diferencia entre los 14 BIT de pa Pentax y los 16 de la Hasselblad, esto es para exigentes, la mayoría de los clientes no lo ven y la diferencia de precio inclina la balanza hacia la Pentax.

    • I believe Hasselblad used their 80mm f/2.8 and Pentax used their 90mm macro. Canon had a few different lenses. I’ll see if I can confirm from EXIF data.

  7. tex andrews on - Reply

    Well, I have the 645Z and the files always astonish me. That said, it looks to me like there are exposure /lighting differences which may be favoring the Z in these images. The Blad and the Z seem close, close enough that any shooting differences could upset a direct comparison. Also, the Pentax 90 (which I don’t have, sadly) is reputed to be very, very good (and weatherproof!). Better than the Blad 80? Don’t know. Of course, on price of the 2 bodies there is no comparison.
    It does look like the Blad and the Z clearly outclass the Canon, but if one has a lot of Canon glass and flash equipment then the 5Ds could be the more logical choice.

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    • The lighting is identical. Broncolor lighting was preset and didn’t move. One camera did indeed shoot from above the tripod, which we didn’t realize until after the fact. This was a hands-on demo with a couple of dozen people shooting their own shots, so we erred by allowing people to shoot each camera the way they wanted to shoot rather than limiting them to shooting only on the tripod. As mentioned, not scientific at all, but the goal was not a scientific test – it was to allow people to shoot all three cameras to make comparisons themselves. Sorry you couldn’t attend!

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