The new entry level Canon kit lens has been tested by DxOMark and the results are now available.
You will also find the complete measurements for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II and in conjunction with cameras such as: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 50D or the older Canon EOS 20D.
It is rare that entry-level lenses achieve a high level of image quality and this is no exception.
This lens is the new version of the older EF-S 18-55mm IS. A comparison between these models is available here : Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II vs Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS, it’s worth noting both lenses are mounted on a Canon EOS 7D.
The results on the two Canon stabilized lenses are very close and there are no relevant differences to report except for chromatic aberration, which is a bit less well controlled on the latest model.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II (with Canon EOS 7D) vs Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (with Nikon D7000) (please, remember to select the right camera body on the drop-down menu).
It seems like we have a tie when comparing the Canon and Nikon offerings, even if chromatic aberration is a bit higher on the Canon side, the test results are pretty close, making it difficult to choose a winner.
Resolution on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II (with Canon EOS 7D) is a bit higher but not really significantly.
Other metrics are almost equal, the DxOMark global map indicates a slight advantage for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5 5.6 IS II (with Canon EOS 7D).