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My Merrill cameras have less noise at ISO 100 than my 7D, and that's before sharpening. After the sharpening required to get the 7D files even remotely close to the sharpness of the Merrill files then it's absolutely no contest, The Merrill wins hands down.
The 7D is not much of a goalpost in terms of IQ. Frankly it's a very nice body crippled by having the lousiest version of a sensor which was frankly mediocre at best and is now long obsolete and a heavy AA filter. Try against something with currently competitive IQ, say the Nikon D7100 (24MP AA-less Toshiba/Nikon) or the K-5 IIs (16MP AA-less Sony) and you will see a very different story.
Color accuracy. Probably true. I think we all give ourselves far too much credit in thinking we can accurately remember what color looked like in a scene. It's very subjective. Frankly the color from my Merrill cameras looks perfectly fine to me. If you are doing reproduction work and really need spot on color, you are probably right.
You are right though, it is a one trick pony, but for someone who shoots at ISO 100 on a tripod 95% of the time, who want something small and light for hiking/backpacking, it's a one trick pony that fits the bill perfectly for...Show more →
The thing is there are other options which deliver superior IQ in comparable or slightly larger packages. The Merrills do not have a significant resolution advantage over the NEX-7, but it offers better colour accuracy and far better DR at ISO 100 (the upcoming NEX-7 update will be AA-less and bring things even closer). And the same goes for both the competing ~28mm APS-C 16MP AA-less compacts (GR and Coolpix A) although the Merrills fair a little better there in resolution advantage. Heck, the OM-D comes reasonably close to those bodies in resolution & handily beats the Merrills in terms of DR (and has better glass to boot. The Merrill lenses are very good. The Oly 12/2, 45/1.8 and the Leica DG 25/1.4 are better).