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Below you will find a studio comparison between the Olympus Mju Mini (Stylus Verve) Digital and the similarly specified Sony DSC-L1. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (64 and 400 for the Mju Mini, 100 and 400 for the DSC-L1).

Studio scene comparison (Olympus Mju Mini @ ISO 64, Sony L1 @ ISO 100)

  • Olympus Mju Mini (Stylus Verve): Program mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters, Auto white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Sony DSC-L1: Program mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Auto white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Six 18W Full Spectrum (>98 CRI) fluorescent tubes
Olympus Mju Mini (Stylus Verve)
Sony DSC-L1
ISO 64, 1/100 sec, F4.6
ISO 100, 1/160 sec, F4
2,698 KB JPEG
1,573 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.0
Noise, std dev: 1.6

Although there are more similarities than differences between these two cameras, there are subtle differences. The Stylus Verve is showing less distortion and slightly less corner softness, but more saturated color and a little more noise despite its lower base ISO. The differences in detail capture are minor; though neither camera is going to win any awards for sharpness they will both produce perfectly acceptable standard-sized prints. It's obvious looking closely at the images that the Stylus Verve is capturing marginally more detail, but the majority of the extra visual 'sharpness' comes from much stronger in-camera sharpening (look at the halo around the heart symbol on the playing card). Unfortunately you can't turn down (or off) this aggressive sharpening.

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