D-SLR State Of The Art, Part II
What to know about the latest digital sensors, ISO and image quality
DxO is known to most photographers as the producer of the excellent DxO Optics Pro software, which provides many useful features, including converting RAW images. But DxO began (and continues) as the producer of DxO Analyzer, a turn-key, image-quality management laboratory widely used by the imaging industry. They’re now revealing to all the results of their analyses of RAW image-sensor performance.
Basically, they evaluate digital camera sensor performance in three areas: color depth (important to portrait photographers), dynamic range (important to landscape shooters) and low-light ISO performance (of great interest to action and low-light shooters).
Bear in mind that, as DxO points out, RAW sensor performance is just one thing to consider when choosing a D-SLR. In-camera image processing, autofocusing performance, speed of operation, range and quality of lenses available and more are also important. But DxOMark is one more valuable tool to assist you in evaluating potential camera purchases.