DXOmark sensor rating


LBL2009

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How relevant is the DXOmark sensor rating to the image quality of a camera? Do you use sensor rating as a reference when you compare cameras of your choice?

I found that some cameras' sensor rating are higher than the more expensive and newer cameras. Case in point, D5000, D90 and Pentax Kx.

I was surprised that sensor rating of the popular 550D, 7D and newly launched 60D are about the same as the entry level D3100.
 

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Rashkae

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I don't rely on DXOmark. I much rather trust my own testing and experience.
 

2evans

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Do you just look at a car engines or do you compare the entire cars when deciding?
 

Octarine

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I like to see the car engine , of course .
Sales man opening the hood: "And there we have the engine!"
Customer: "Um, err.. (looking at the big cover with the big company logo) ... ok."
 

Rashkae

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Entire car is made up of components.
Correct, and they all have to work together as a whole. If you only have a great engine but no interior, no seats, etc, it's not worth much, is it?
 

ngck12

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yes the sensor is like the engine, one of the things i will look out for in a camera.

its a matter of personal preference, i prefer my camera to have a good sensor with accurate colours and wide dynamic range coupled with a bare body, than to have good features and lousy sensor.
 

Rashkae

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yes the sensor is like the engine, one of the things i will look out for in a camera.

its a matter of personal preference, i prefer my camera to have a good sensor with accurate colours and wide dynamic range coupled with a bare body, than to have good features and lousy sensor.
Then you should love the D3X/A900/A850.
 

ngck12

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Hey Rashkae, i would really love to own to cameras you mentioned but im still holding on to my crippled fujifilm due to its awesome sensor. :)
 

Rashkae

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Hey Rashkae, i would really love to own to cameras you mentioned but im still holding on to my crippled fujifilm due to its awesome sensor. :)
S5Pro? Good cam. :)
 

pinholecam

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How relevant is the DXOmark sensor rating to the image quality of a camera? Do you use sensor rating as a reference when you compare cameras of your choice?

I found that some cameras' sensor rating are higher than the more expensive and newer cameras. Case in point, D5000, D90 and Pentax Kx.

I was surprised that sensor rating of the popular 550D, 7D and newly launched 60D are about the same as the entry level D3100.
Maybe as a reference, but I find that it is not much use, though I've seen may ppl use it as justification than XXX is better that XXXX, when in fact it does not translate to the essentials for a photographer (ie. the photos) ;)

Case in Point (ISO3200) :

Kx http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/KX/FULLRES/KXINBI03200.HTM

550D http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/T1I/FULLRES/T1IINBI03200.HTM

D90 http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D90/FULLRES/D90INBI3200.HTM
 

Fotophilic

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How relevant is the DXOmark sensor rating to the image quality of a camera? Do you use sensor rating as a reference when you compare cameras of your choice?

I found that some cameras' sensor rating are higher than the more expensive and newer cameras. Case in point, D5000, D90 and Pentax Kx.

I was surprised that sensor rating of the popular 550D, 7D and newly launched 60D are about the same as the entry level D3100.
the sensor performance will affect image quality. but u have to bear in mind that sensor performance is just one of the factors that affects image quality (e.g. another factor are lenses). it is good to know how "good" the sensor is by the DXO ratings. so to your question, yes you can use it as a reference, as far as the sensor part is concerned. you might want to note how they conducted the test as well (e.g. did they squeeze things out of RAW files, etc).
 

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What's the point? Leica M9 sensor scores the same as Sony's Nex:dunno:


It starts off with the photographer and then the lens then the sensor in combination with processor and then - most importantly - the digital imaging specialist (usually the photographer again - for amateurs). (in the old days the E-6 colour lab). Just shoot and worry less. If you need something to grasp at technically, I think sensor size is more important.

In fact it has always been that way - medium format film cameras have a larger "sensor" than 35mm film cameras.
 

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