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Sony Alpha A200 Digital SLR - Test shots - Detail and contrast

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.

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Here's my usual DSLR test shot of Sidmouth sea front. You can click on the image to view the full-res photo, or see the crop below. This shot was taken using the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 lens rather than the supplied kit lens, and is processed from a RAW shot using Photoshop CS3.

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Compare this shot with similar ones from other 10MP DSLRs such as the Pentax K10D, Nikon D80, Canon EOS 400D and Olympus E-510. As you can see the level of fine detail is extremely good, certainly comparable with the best of the competition.

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This shot was taken in JPEG mode with the Dynamic Range Optimiser switched off.

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This was taken with the DRO set to standard.

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This was taken with the DRO set to maximum. As you can see it does produce noticeably greater shadow detail with no loss of highlights.

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