It seems to me that the inherent dynamic range capability of a DSLR camera is an important facet yet, dynamic range is seldom, if ever, mentioned either by the various camera manufacturers in their ads or by camera reviewers. It seems that gazillion pixels and mega-mega ISO capability are what really sell cameras and dynamic range is disregarded. Is it as important as I think it might be?
I have attempted to research the dynamic range capabilities of various Canon cameras and have come up with these Digital Photography Review statistics for the 7D, 60D and 5Dii. However, the dynamic range has been reviewed using JPEG. I never shoot JPEG and I wonder if the dynamic JPEG range can be correlated to the inherent dynamic capabilities of these cameras when shooting RAW. In other words, is the dynamic range capability dependent on the camera and sensor or is it more concerned with the individual camera's conversion to JPEG...
This review compares various cameras from different manufacturers such as: Sony A550, Samsung NX10, Nikon D5000, Canon 7D, and Canon T2i.
The 7D seems to come out the leader with almost 2 stops over the Samsung NX10 a half stop over the Sony, A550, roughly a half stop over the Nikon D5000 and roughly 3/4 stops over the T2i. Of course, we are comparing apples to oranges when matching an expensive 7D against a less expensive T2i. I am not sure of the validity of comparing the 7D against the cameras from the other manufacturers because of price differentials but, if a person just wanted to see which camera has the better dynamic range, it would be valid.
I was always under the impression that the 5D and 1D series cameras had the best dynamic range capabilities. Am I correct in this belief?
Please help me with some input regarding dynamic range in RAW of the various cameras. I am most interested in Canon models since I am locked into that brand because of the amount of expensive glass I own. I am not going to change brands but would be interested in what you think about whether dynamic range in RAW is an important parameter of a camera.