Thanks a lot ! These DNG files will get a good workout ! Any suggestions as far as DNG converters other than Photoshop?
For an absolute sharpness test shooting line pairs with electronic flash at optimum aperture is the way to go, but lets be honest... this is a tiny pocket camera so very few will lug along an electronic flash at least twice as large as the camera, much less a bulky tripod, thus testing at maximum aperture and high ISO makes a lot of sense.
So the GRD2 is sharper and more versatile than the GRD1, that´s great news. But does it really aproach a digital SLR noise, detail and dynamic range performance and by how much? This little bugger is not really a point-and-shoot, but a serious photographers pocket camera to supplement our large digital SLR systems...
So a side-by-side comparison against a 10 MP digital SLR like the one many potential buyers already have (or may consider in that $700 range) will be much more useful and meaningful than any optical benchmark test.