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Sony A7R III

Pixel Shift: Sony Pixel Shift vs Adobe Camera Raw Single Frame, Lundy Canyon Earth Shadow

Conditions were nearly windless and this image covers a great deal of aspen branch area approaching sensor resolution, as well as immovable rocks, so it makes a very fine comparison for demonstrating the advantages of pixel shift.

Hours of trying to beat Sony Edit into submission (including about ten crashes) finally resulted in a just acceptable pixel shift file, which could not deliver the color or contrast or highlight/shadow balance I wished for—pretty much a poor toy as far as my experience goes. Here, that file is compared to a single-file processed with Adobe Camera Raw, done in under a minute (about 120 times quicker), to my satisfaction.

If software is nothing but a constant hurdle, it is a non-starter, regardless of what it might claim to do well. Accordingly, regardless of the results here, I deem the Sony software a science fair project not to be taken seriously. Also tried was Iridient Digital but it is still being tuned and I deem its pixel shift results not yet tuned to deal with the artifacts that are pixel shift specific. Alas for the Pentax K-1 and Adobe support for its pixel shift files—done right and proper both in the files and in the processing.

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