|The EOS 5D crops are noticeably sharper than those from the 40D, but this appears to be more down to the image processing using each camera's default settings, or inherent differences between their respective sensor technologies. Either way, if you increase the 40D's sharpening by a notch, or apply some after the event, its results look a great deal closer to its bigger brother. That said, the EOS 5D is capturing fractionally higher detail, but it's certainly not a huge difference. 10.1 versus 12.8 Megapixels isn't as big a difference as it sounds when it comes to real-life detail, although as we'll see on the next page, studio charts can reveal greater differences.
It's certainly interesting the 40D appears to deliver softer, more subdued images by default than the 5D, almost as if the full-frame model has been tweaked for a consumer market which prefers punchier output. Either way, while the 5D is resolving greater detail, it's minimal in this example. The full-framer still has an advantage when it comes to noise though as we'll see later in our EOS 40D noise results page. Before visiting this or our EOS 40D Studio Resolution pages though, scroll down to see how the 40D's RAW output compares to the default JPEGs.