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Test Scene Battle: Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D5000 vs. Olympus E-620  
   

Three of 2009's most popular consumer digital SLRs are likely going to be the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (also known as the EOS-500D), the Nikon D5000, and the Olympus E-620. Since it's going to be a while before I review all three, I wanted to whet your appetite with some comparison photos of our standard test scene.

In order to keep things as simple as possible, the photos below are JPEGs straight from the camera, which were using default settings (save for white balance, of course). I'll save RAW vs. JPEG comparisons for the actual reviews. The lenses used were the "kit" lenses that came with each camera: 18 - 55 mm for the Canon and Nikon, and 14 - 42 mm for the Olympus. Since these cameras will all produce clean photos at low ISOs, I started at ISO 400.

Be sure to view the full size images, as the crops only tell part of the story!

ISO 400

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Nikon D5000

Olympus E-620
 
ISO 800

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Nikon D5000

Olympus E-620
 
ISO 1600

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Nikon D5000

Olympus E-620
 
ISO 3200

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Nikon D5000

Olympus E-620