Canon EOS 400D vs. Canon EOS 30D Studio Scene – High ISO

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The pixel size of the Canon EOS 400D is 5.7µm, small as all other 10 MP DSLRs. The Canon EOS 30D has a 8MP sensor so its pixel size is bigger, 6.4µm. Keeping in mind those two cameras are using the same DIGIC II image pipeline, an high ISO scene should be really interesting. Can the old DIGIC II cope with the extra pixel-size weight?

Canon EOS 400D: Jpeg Fine, PS: Standard, AutoWB, ISO1600, 1/100,
Canon 50mm@f9
Canon EOS 30D: Jpeg Fine, PS: Standard, AutoWB, ISO1600, 1/125,
Canon 50mm@f9

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EOS 30D


Due to the picture style system, the sharpening levels are equal in both cameras. If we compare it to 100 ISO, that sharpening levels were somewhat lowered.


The 10MP sensor of the Canon EOS 400D has a small advantage. If we watch carefully we can find a few details that are softer in the Canon EOS 30D.

demosaicing, false colors

These symptoms are reduced when shooting in high ISO. Although the Canon EOS 30D has a little bit more problems at cut 13.

Contrast and color

Again, due to the picture style system the shadows and contrast are pretty similar.

Noise reduction

We didn’t expect to see much difference in the noise reduction area considering that these are the same algorithms of the DIGIC II that are doing the job. There is little differences in the dark areas of the image, where signal to noise ratio is low. In these areas we can see a tiny bit of an advantage to the EOS 30D due to it’s lower MP, having lower pixel density. As all Canon cameras based on the DIGIC II there is a small amount of chroma noise.


It seems that Canon has stretched the limits of the DIGIC II with the EOS 400D. We would say that 8MP is the acceptable limit of the DIGIC II. The EOS 30D has less noise and an almost similar amount of detail. It’s hard to say if the price of some noise is worth the addition of some detail.

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