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Comparison

Nikon Coolpix 5700

Sony DSC-F828


Nikon (564K)

Sony (1915k)

You can download the full picture (warning: very big file size!) or select two cropped areas containing interesting details.
Both pictures were taken in rather low light conditions, and there was some strong wind (had to use a high shutter setting) so it's quite normal to have some noise. Remember, when you see the pictures on the page, that they were taken in 'normal' conditions, not in a studio.
The Nikon 5700 is already in use for more than a year (16.130 pictures!).

Croppings from the images above so you don't have to download the full images

The Sony has a more wide angle setting compared to the Nikon, but because of it's increased pixel count, the resulting cropping is larger with the Sony than with the Nikon. Sony creates a larger picture (wider setting), but put also more detail in the picture. A win-win situation for Sony (and for memory card manufacturers). Chromatic aberration on the sony picture (more about this subject later)

First the bad things about the Sony:

And now the good things about the Sony:


Nikon (562K)

Sony (1908k)

When in manual focus, the Sony uses a focus assist (enlargement of the central part of the image when you rotate the focus ring), but it is still more easy to determine correct focus with the Nikon (they use artificial sharpening of the image). In both pictures, the manual focus was set to minimum, and the camera was moved and zoomed untill the IC in the middle was in focus. With the Sony, it was not possible to focus on very small components. However, the dept-of-field is more important with the Sony.

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Nikon (590K)

Sony (1973k)


Croppings


Canon Digital Rebel

This image is from a Canon Digital rebel (more about this camera in the next pages) This picture (right) is taken with a digital SLR, the Canon Digital Rebel (6 Mpixel). You can compare this image with the same images from the Sony and Nikon. It's important to note some key features: The Canon produces a realy nice, pleasing image (see cropping below right), and not some "digitally remastered" picture as you can see with both croppings above on the previous page. Portrait photographers will take advantage of this feature, because the resulting picture is more gratifying for the subject.
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Hardware
Showing your pictures
Sony DSC-F505
Digital vs. Chemical
Compression
Nikon Coolpix 950
Resolution
Sony DSC-F505V
Batteries
Olympus Camedia C3030
Nikon Coolpix 990
Action pictures
Nikon Coolpix 5700
Sony DSC-F707
vs.
Nikon Coolpix 5700
Nightshots
ON4CHL
Nikon 5700 vs. Sony 707 vs. Nikon 990
Nikon 5700 features
Comparing the Sony DSC-F828 Nikon 5700 Canon 300D Sony DSC-F828 Nikon 5700 Nightshots and flashlights Comparing the Sony DSC-F828 and Canon 300D Portrait photography with the Sony DSC-F828 and Canon 300D Modellen en fotografen
It seems both the Nikon and Sony are working at their limit, creating interpolation artefacts (the same you see on a videotape that is copied too much times). While the Sony gives a better overal image due to it's better lenses, it has also a fairly high noise level, caused by it's smaller pixel size. The Canon is like a big Mercedes with lots of power still available: the cropping is HUGE compared to the Sony/Nikon croppings (but i must say that the lens used (focal length of 28 mm) did not allow for the same coverage, because it's net result (due to the smaller sensor) is a 42 mm image). It's very difficult to compare a dSLR with any normal prosumer camera, because the quality depends mostly upon the lenses.

On the next page, we continue comparing digital cameras.