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JimC Feb 22, 2008 12:55 PM

My opinion would be biased, since I shoot with a Sony A700 now. ;-)

Pdotcantu Feb 22, 2008 1:05 PM

Would anyone agree that Sony's DSLR's produce more noise than Olympus'? I was looking at sample pictures of the A700 and I think I notice more noise in their test shots than in any of the Olympus models.

If you look at this website:
Although their shot with older models Olympus wins in a noise contest against the A100.

JimC Feb 22, 2008 1:12 PM

Pdotcantu wrote:

If you look at this website:
Although their shot with older models Olympus wins in a noise contest against the A100.
The A100 is the noisiest DSLR model using a 10MP Sony sensor (as compared to the Nikon D40x, D80, D200, and Pentax K10D, which also use a Sony 10MP APS-C size Sensor). But, at the same time, this Sony model was very light with noise reduction and it's shots typically retain more detail. It's also more sensitive than rated, whereas the other models using this sensor are not (the A100's ISO 1600 setting is actually ISO 2000 based on tests I've seen).

The new A200 and A300 models using a Sony 10MP sensor have much lower noise levels compared to the A100. Sony has made great progress in this area.

JimC Feb 22, 2008 1:21 PM

In reference to the A200 improvements in higher ISO speed noise levels, here are samples from Dave Etchells at

Click on the image that loads to see the full size 10 Megapixel Original.

Sony DSLR-A200, ISO 1600, 1/250 second, 70mm, f/8:

The A100 did not have an available ISO 3200. But, it's there if you need to use it with the new A200.

Sony DSLR-A200, ISO 3200, 1/500 second, 70mm, f/8:

Looking at a full size 10MP original size image on a typical monitor is looking at a poster size print from up close. ;-) So, keep your desired viewing and print sizes in mind when judging image quality.

We should start seeing a lot of real world photos from this model soon, too (it's shipping now).

Pdotcantu Feb 22, 2008 4:29 PM

Alright I think I've narrowed down between two cameras. The Sony A350 & The Sony A700. Time and reviews of the A350 will help me choose between the two DSLR's. There are minor differences in features between the two models but the A700 can shoot more frames than the A350 which is probably something I'll need as well as the 250 flash sync. However; the 700 FOR SOME REASON does not have Live View I believe which is it's only downfall.

JimC Feb 22, 2008 4:41 PM

If you plan to shoot at higher ISO speeds often, I'd look at the A300 and A700, versus the A350 and A700. You're going to have smaller photosites trying to stuff 14 Megapixels into an APS-C size sensor, versus only 10MP into an APS-C size sensor.

The 10MP sensor in the A300 is going to have better image quality if you plan on using a camera at higher ISO speeds often. This model would also give you a faster frame rate compared to the A350.

In better light, you may appreciate the increased resolutoin of the 14MP sensor in the A350.

The best (and most expensive) compromise between resolution and noise levels between these Sony models is the new 12MP CMOS sensor in the A700, if you plan on using higher ISO speeds often. I've been impressed with mine.

You can see some ISO 3200 images taken with my Sony A700 here:;forum_id=84

Pdotcantu Feb 22, 2008 5:03 PM

Do you experience noise often in your A700? Is it capable of being competetive with Professional studio cameras? did you use any lenses in your pictures posted?

Tullio Feb 22, 2008 9:05 PM

No. They may be both very comparable but I would not say better. The Sony image is very well balanced with a high DR and excellent skin tones. They also handle AUTO WB a lot better than Olympus. I very seldom use AUTO WB with the E510 because it often produces inaccurate colors, particularly in difficult lighting situations. If you have the money, get either the A700 or D300.

Pdotcantu Feb 22, 2008 11:29 PM

Tullio, I'm doing a little comparison between the A700 and the Canon EOS 40D, have you ever compared them they both are balanced out in ratings.

Tullio Feb 23, 2008 12:53 AM

The 40D does not have IS while the A700 does. This is a big plus, IMO. Sony's implementation of image stabilization is excellent (and so is theOlympus). I don't know why you are so reluctant about buying the Sony. It is an awesome camera and I think much superior than the 40D. Now, I'd consider the D300 if I was not too sure about the Sony and alsothe Olympus E3 before considering the 40D. But, that's my preference.

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