Sample HDR Images from Sony NEX-5, Canon S90, Canon Rebel T3 and Canon 5DMK2

Jun 2, 2012 | articles

I did some testing this morning to see HDR results from 4 different cameras including the Sony NEX-5, Canon PowerShot S90, Canon Rebel T3 and the Canon 5DMK2. All exposures were tone mapped and processed in Photomatix Pro using the same preset. I didn’t do any pre processing options in Photomatix like denoise or ghosting. These images are all straight from Photomatix unedited.

I did this comparison for fun and out of curiosity. I only wish I had a Nikon camera to throw in the mix. Maybe my next comparison will have one. I’m also doing this comparison because of some new gear that I wanted to test. This includes the Rokinon 14mm lens on the 5D and Rebel T3 with a 18-270 Tamron Lens.

1. We will start with my main camera first. The Canon 5D MK2 with the new Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. Below you can see that this image is the widest of them all since it’s being shot at 14mm on a full frame body. Note that all the photos were taken from the same tripod at the same spot.

2. Next up will be the Canon Rebel T3 with a Tamron 18-270mm lens that just arrived at my house yesterday from Amazon. This will be my walk around setup and my main camera for when I travel to Thailand in a few days. So far I really like this combination and it produces some great results.

3. The third camera is the Sony NEX-5 which belongs to a friend. I bought one like it because it was going to be the camera that I would have taken to Thailand but I wasn’t happy with the HDR results so I sold it and got the Canon Rebel T3. Notice in the image below the color is much cooler than Canon’s. All the HDR shots that I’ve processed from the Sony NEX-5 have always had a blue-ish cast… kinda strange. There is also a lack of detail in the shadows versus the Canon images. I really wanted to like this camera but in the end the HDR results wasn’t up to Captain Kimo standards. You can read my Sony NEX-5 review here.

4. And last, my favorite camera of all time because it’s so small, is the Canon PowerShot S90. The latest version of this model is the Canon PowerShot 100 but I have no need to upgrade to the newer version yet. A camera like this comes in handy in all sorts of situation. The image quality from this camera is a notch above any other compact cameras because of the bigger sensor. This allows me to do much more with the image when post processing.

Well that wraps up this comparison test. Don’t take this comparison to serious, I did it for fun and wanted to share it with everyone else. I’ll do a review of the Canon Rebel T3, the Rokinon 14mm Lens and the Tamron 18-270mm Lens in future a post.

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Software I use for processing my photos:
Photomatix Pro – Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Plugins – Photoshop enhancement plugin.
Picasa – Free photo management program.
PS Elements – Used for post processing HDR images.
Lightroom – For adding the finishing touch.

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