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MF Digital, myths or facts? - Is Capture One better on IQ180 files?

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Is Capture One better on IQ180 files?

I made a test with C1 version 7 (evaluation).  I don't know much about C1, I did increase sharpening in LR 4.2 to "Landscape presets" and increased luminance noise reduction to 26. These settings were entirely arbitrarily choosen. The images below show the same detail, scaled to Nikon D800 height, first image is normal while the other is brightened so shadow detail is more obvious. LR4.2 processing on Nikon and IQ180 are the same.

The brightened image is below:

My take is that Capture One does a better job on the IQ180 image, but the Nikon image still holds it's own. I would be inclined to say that the Nikon image may be less noisy, even when the IQ 180 has the advantage of a proprietary raw processor.

Please note that the raw images are avalaible for download , so you can do your own tests!

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:56  


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