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What has been the worst sensor and the best sensor in your opinion?

 
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Feb 19, 2012 13:09 |  #31

In all honesty, this all sounds a lot like personal opinion and tastes. All the other variables involved make this a rather pointless thread.




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Feb 19, 2012 13:09 |  #32

gjl711 wrote in post #13924639external link
It rates the sensor, not the camera, features, or image quality. Read their rating technique. They are pretty up front with what the rating does.

What's the point of the rating, then ?


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Feb 19, 2012 13:13 |  #33

In the EOS line, I've used a 350d, 40d, 5d and 5dii. I've also played around with other's 7d images and recently took at look at images from a D7000 and a Sony Nex 5N. I sort of agree with many that the 7D's captures are 'challenging' at times and need good PP to get the best out of them. The 350d and 40d are both excellent for their age and produce very smooth files. The 5d beats them both. The 5dii beats the 5d - most of the time.

I was super-impressed with the D7000 and Nex 5N (I think they share the same sensor) though. Right now I think they are better than any of the APS-C Canon sensors.


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Feb 19, 2012 13:24 |  #34

For me, the 1dsmkiii is the best and the 50d the worst.


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Feb 19, 2012 13:26 |  #35

paulkaye wrote in post #13924812external link
I was super-impressed with the D7000 and Nex 5N (I think they share the same sensor) though. Right now I think they are better than any of the APS-C Canon sensors.

From the images i've seen from a friend's 5n, I'd agree with this. They're as clean as the images from my 5Dc up to ISO800-1000. Very impressive sensor.


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Feb 19, 2012 13:27 |  #36

Worst sensor = oldest sensor
Best sensor = newest sensor

Simple as that. :-)


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Feb 19, 2012 13:29 |  #37

DennisW1 wrote in post #13924795external link
In all honesty, this all sounds a lot like personal opinion and tastes. All the other variables involved make this a rather pointless thread.

It asks for "personal view" in the opening post. :-)


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Feb 19, 2012 13:57 |  #38

Anders Östberg wrote in post #13924859external link
Worst sensor = oldest sensor
Best sensor = newest sensor

Simple as that. :-)

I really loved my D30 - it was the best (when it was the newest :) )


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Feb 19, 2012 14:11 |  #39

The 7D sensor's "hunt the best shot" feature, that tells me where to go on any particular day, guides me there by GPS, then takes me through the composition, exposure and focussing process, at the same time as telling me what a great photographer I am, has my vote as the best.

Worst is definitely the removable sensor on my EOS 50E. It only lasts 36 shots, then you have to buy a new one and the pictures take AGES to appear.




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Feb 19, 2012 14:16 |  #40

Best sensor cameras for me are the 1d Mark III and Mark IV, 1ds Mark III and the classic 5d. The worst have been the crop sensors, with the exception of the 30d and 40d's, which were decent.


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Feb 19, 2012 14:19 |  #41

ssmanak wrote in post #13924051external link
OOOPS i didnt do the maths. Positively looking for higher MPs than that.

Don't think too much about "more is better". 8MP is quite a lot to create stunning big prints. A big question is if you need to crop, trading pixel quality for pixel density.


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Feb 19, 2012 14:31 |  #42

2Thumbs wrote in post #13924659external link
In all honesty, you can't see the magic of a full frame sensor with graphs and numbers.

That's true.

quickben wrote in post #13924798external link
What's the point of the rating, then ?

it's a data point, one of many that should be used to make a decision. Color depth and dynamic range is something that is almost impossible to see especially when all the cameras are so close to begin with. But it can be measured. Can you see the differance in the 7D 11.7ev of DR as opposed to the 1DsII 11.3ev of DR?


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Feb 19, 2012 14:37 |  #43

pwm2 wrote in post #13925080external link
Don't think too much about "more is better". 8MP is quite a lot to create stunning big prints. A big question is if you need to crop, trading pixel quality for pixel density.

I agree with this.
if youre taking shots that do not need much if any cropping most of the time, like landscape, architecture, many portraits etc where you can control things more the lower MP sensors are fine and maybe better.

If you need to crop frequently because your subjects are small, fast moving, cant get close like wildlife and birds then the higher MP sensors seem to do a better job.

I dont have a best and worst, just "different"



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Feb 19, 2012 14:41 |  #44

Jon_Doh wrote in post #13925069external link
Best sensor cameras for me are the 1d Mark III and Mark IV, 1ds Mark III and the classic 5d. The worst have been the crop sensors, with the exception of the 30d and 40d's, which were decent.

The 30D shared the same sensor as the 350D. My 5D2 owning buddy did an A/B test with his body and my old 350D using the same lens. He trimmed a crop size portion from the 5D2 shot and side by side, the images were all but identical, as you would expect from a similarly populated sensor. That proves nothing of course as the final full sensor images were totally different and the FF body won hands down. It does however suggest the "best sensor" debate is at best pretty subjective and the crop versus FF argument is all but meaningless.

On a linked point, I was noodling with my 30D body in low light the other night and image quality started dropping off significantly right from ISO 100. At 400, it was noticeably soft.




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Feb 19, 2012 14:41 |  #45

Old Baldy wrote in post #13923962external link
For me, with limited EOS experience, the best has been the 5Dc and the worst has been the 50D. I preferred my earlier 20D to the 50D. Loved the new features, the screen, the C registers, but was underwhelmed by the image quality of the 50D. Images seemed to render "brittle" and artifical, compared to the smooth 20D and smoother 5Dc.

Moving on from 50D to 5D was like.....AHHHHH, YES....life is good again! :)

I know that feel! Going from the 50D to the 5D2 was an immense leap in IQ!


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