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R8 in sushi bar

Two days ago, I took this photo with R8..
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The camera was set to 8MP mode, Normal color depth, Soft sharpening, ISO400 and handheld at 0.5secs! No, the R8 IS is not that good. I tool this photo in continuous mode. But the funny thing is that only one out of the three taken photos was soft!

If you are interested, you can examine the full size image here:
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As you can see, the R8 CAN produce nice images. The noise performance is definitely not that bad. Actually, it seems to be better than GRDII JPEG NR at the same ISO. I did the following comparison...


Yes, this comparison is not ideal. The images were taken at different angles and also the distance is a bit off. In addition, the GRD2 shot is taken at 2.4 while r8 at 3.6. And finally, the R8 picture is taken in Normal 8MP mode (highly compressed) and GRDII is Fine 10MP file, resized in xnview to 8MP. So in fact, this should be an advantage for GRDII.

But neither of these "little" differences does matter here. Both R8 and GRDII does good chroma (color) noise removal. However, the R8 seems to leave more much more luminance noise (and so details) in the photo? It's a real mystery for me why the grass or tiny tree branches looks so badly smeared in the R8 daylight shots? Perhaps the NR is different under certain conditions? Who knows? But the truth is that R8 does great job under certain lightning conditions.

I think this small test only confirmed my older conclusion about R7 NR:
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odklizec said:
Two days ago, I took this photo with R8..
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The camera was set to 8MP mode, Normal color depth, Soft sharpening, ISO400 and handheld at 0.5secs! No, the R8 IS is not that good. I tool this photo in continuous mode. But the funny thing is that only one out of the three taken photos was soft! "

I also found that the R8 would inexplicably smooth some and not other successive images - I have decided that the slightest shake at borderline ISO / shutter speed causes the smoothing to kick in to "help" the mechanical image stabilising. This can be "fixed" merely by going for a higher ISO setting.

Tom
 
Would turning off the IS prevent the smoothing from coming in, or would shake still be detected?
 
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