Sony a9 vs, Canon 5D Mark 1V: Looks like Sony is improving on skin tones

Jan 11, 2018

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Sony a9 vs, Canon 5D Mark 1V: Looks like Sony is improving on skin tones

Jan 11, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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There has been some discussion among photographers on Sony’s performance when it comes to skin tones. Photographer David Oastler has put a Sony a9 to a test and compared it with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Judging from his photos, it seems that Sony is improving on skin tones and it’s pretty close to Canon.

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For this shoot, David does his best to make both cameras get the same result. He uses a light meter to set both cameras. Both Sony and Canon are paired with 70-200mm lenses. Since the maximum aperture differs on the two lenses, David shoots at f/4 on both of them.

David used the Portrait Profile on the Canon and Standard Profile on the Sony. As he explains, he tried different profiles, but these work the best and produce the most similar results. The images he shares are straight out of camera, there’s no editing at all. And this is how they compare:

In the second screenshot, I see a difference, but it’s related to sharpness. Maybe it’s just me, but the photo taken with Canon seems sharper than the one taken with Sony. When it comes to skin tones, it seems that Sony’s skin tones are very close to Canon. What do you think?

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10 responses to “Sony a9 vs, Canon 5D Mark 1V: Looks like Sony is improving on skin tones”

  1. Mirko Mark Avatar
    Mirko Mark

    And Canon tilts heads.

  2. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    Comparing jpeg with different in camera profiles? Hmm..

    1. David Mornet Avatar
      David Mornet

      These two cameras can’t share the same profile. Apples and oranges. I’m suspicious about the white balance tho, auto or manual?

  3. Daniel Shortt Avatar
    Daniel Shortt

    i’d prefer to see the untouched raw files, what what people are going to use. Like would you seriously get a a9 or mk4 and shoot jpeg with it for portraits?

  4. Huge Dom Avatar
    Huge Dom

    Looks like he hand held both camera so the focusing could easily have been the other way around…

    Youtube comment from David Oastler, himself regarding comment on, “Its look like canon is sharper than Sony.”

    From David, “Interesting as I see it the other way especially on the original files.”

  5. Juan Romero Avatar
    Juan Romero

    I never understood the skin tone thing. Aren’t we all different skin tones? does it mean caucasian skin tones, whay does it mean???

  6. Han Grevelink Avatar
    Han Grevelink

    Skin tone as in white skintone? Black, reddish? What skin tone?

    1. David Mornet Avatar
      David Mornet

      Can’t you tell by the pictures featured in this article? How dense are you? Can’t you figure “skintone” isn’t an absolute hue value but a spectrum?

  7. Alan Sach Avatar
    Alan Sach

    I think you open them up in Lightroom or Photoshop, make a few adjustments and you can’t tell the difference.

  8. Reb Bloodworth Avatar
    Reb Bloodworth

    I know nothing about the EF lens, but I know the Sony is known to be slightly soft at 200mm wide open, which could account for the sharpness difference.