Thursday, February 16, 2006

Camera comparison

When I was in McAdam a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do some camera comparisons. I had three cameras with me:
  • Sony DCR-TRV25 digital video camera (1 megapixel)
  • Fuji A210 digital camera (3.2 megapixels)
  • Kodak C340 digital camera (5 megapixels)
I stood at the same spot and took three photos of the same subject (NB Southern GP38-3 9801). Then I resized them all to 600 pixels high, without doing any other massaging. Here they are.

Sony DCR-TRV25 1 megapixel
Fuji A210 3.2 megapixels
Kodak C340 5 megapixels

What do you think?

It's obvious the first one is the 1 megapixel camera. It looks so much worse than the rest. 1 megapixel is barely good enough for web photos. I don't see a lot of difference between the second and third photos - do you?

Of course, I've removed much of the differences between the 3.2 and the 5 megapixel cameras by resizing the photos for display here. When looking at the original files, I can zoom in a lot more on the 5 megapixel camera before seeing blockiness.

I like the C340, and I plan to write a little review on it, but I'm holding out for something like this. One can dream, right?


Anonymous said...

contrast between yellow stripes and green is much better on the last photo!

Canadian Train Geek said...

That's true, I hadn't noticed that in the resized photos. Some of that can be adjusted in software, which is what is so great about digital photography. That and the low cost of film. ;)