High ISO Examples from Sony Alpha A7 / A7r Look Awful – But are they?
(Thanks to SAR for link to RAW files)
There have been a number of Sony Alpha A7 and A7r snapshots and Pre-production RAW file images posted online. Forum discussions and comments fairly often amount to the following: “This looks awful. I’m cancelling my preorder.” Slow down there, cowboy! All is not lost.
The reality is that RAW files are always processed in-camera. You have better options than the camera company thinks your files should look. In Sony’s case – they use some SERIOUS noise reduction (detail-killing smearing) and other band-aid processing of images that makes things look like cell phone camera photos at the pixel level. This video (below) takes an in-depth look at these early files and how you can find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with these files.
Finally – and this isn’t really exactly apples to apples – but a side-to-side of the A7 file with a 5D Mark 2 file at ISO 12,800 and similar camera settings / lighting. The generational improvement is quite clear.