posted on Jul 21, 2009 at 5:08PM
Mini Head-2-Head Review: Olympus E-P1 vs. Canon Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D5000
Portrait Session: Skin TonesBy Ted Dillard
Portraits & Skin Tones
Here’s where we see some big differences
The Olympus shoots a great rendering. We’re seeing all of the tones, from the warm cream tones all the way into the shadows, avoiding the unpleasant magenta cast we used to see commonly in digital files. This is a camera firmly pointed at the point-and-shoot market.
The Nikon tested very accurately on Imatest, but here, it’s not so pretty.
We’re seeing a general “graying” of the tones. Although the detail, color, and contrast are being held in the RAW file, the JPEG is just not, well, nice. This is probably the best example of color accuracy not being preferable to “pretty” rendering.
The Canon hits square in the middle of the other two; it's not quite as snappy as the Olympus, but prettier than the Nikon.