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Canon digital SLR upgrade - EOS 350D / XT versus EOS 5D Gordon Laing, November 2006

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting


Canon EOS 350D with 17-85mm vs Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm resolution


 
To compare the Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT's resolving power against the EOS 5D, we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with both cameras using their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.

The EOS 350D / Rebel XT was fitted with the EF-S 17-85mm lens and the EOS 5D with the EF 24-105mm lens; each was set to f8 using Aperture Priority mode.


The crops are taken from the original images, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

The EOS 5D's 12.8 Megapixel sensor unsurprisingly delivers a far better result here than the 8 Megapixel sensor of the EOS 350D / Rebel XT. Indeed resolving 2300 lpph compared to 1800 is a significant difference in this test.

It's always worth comparing the difference this makes to real-life subjects though. As seen on the previous page and our second set of noise results, the 5D may resolve noticeably more detail than the 350D / Rebel XT, but it's still not a massive difference in practice. That said, it's the biggest step-up you can enjoy at the time of writing without investing in a seriously expensive EOS 1Ds Mark II.

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Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT
Using Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EOS-5D
Using Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
1800 lpph, 17-85mm at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
2300 lpph, 24-105mm at 70mm, f8, 100 ISO


Canon EOS-350D / Digital Rebel XT
Using Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EOS-5D
Using Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
1800 lpph, 17-85mm at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
2300 lpph, 24-105mm at 70mm, f8, 100 ISO
 

Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT versus EOS 5D results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting


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