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

”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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