Morning everyone . I thought I would do a series of noise tests on the new firmware installed since this is my high ISO event / PR type cam for me to use. Be nice to know where I sit on this and see how it does. Now I am processing all of mine in C1 and the First image posted here is balanced under tungsten and camera set for that. The next two images are set for daylight with tungsten as the mix. Both very typical situations we run into as wedding shooters and as PR shooters. Why tungsten you ask . Very simply I test for the worst situation you can hit and tungsten is the worst when it comes to high ISO and noise. ISO 1600 in daylight with nice light is very nice , but really who cares that is not when you need high ISO but under this crap light we have to deal with sometimes.
Now My 850 tends to be underexposed here slightly so give the noise just a little extra credit since I am slightly pushing the mid tones which I did in these three scenes . The good news folks is i posted all the raws so YOU can play with your processing and see for yourself. I test for you folks and give you the chance to learn it for yourself on your machines and you raw processing programs. Now in this test all i did was WB each scene and than added a very slight base sharpening to all of them C1 folks I used soft sharpen 1. Very important here C1 does change the noise parameters for each ISO and you will see that when you bring it in your program. Trust me it is not the best defaults either and i have comes up with a really nice style you can create for ISO 800 and 1600 which I will give out later and it really tames the beast very nicely. For now you can find the raws here on my .me account Sony 850 Noise test. I went 200,400,800,1600 and 3200.
One note I think Sony did work on noise but left that data out on the firmware notes. At least it looks better to me and with the style it is damn good at 1600.
Raws are here http://idisk.mac.com/guymancuso-Public?view=web
All are ISO 200 posted for now
This is strictly tungsten setting
This is daylight setting daylight coming from left and tungsten fill
This is daylight setting daylight coming from right and tungsten fill