Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Nikon Coolpix 5200 and the Samsung Digimax V50. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (64 and 400 for the Coolpix 5200, ISO 50 and 400 for the Samsung V50).

Studio scene comparison (Coolpix 5200 @ ISO 64, Samsung V50 @ ISO 50)

  • Nikon Coolpix 5200: Program mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Samsung Digimax V50 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.5 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Nikon Coolpix 5200
Samsung Digimax V50
ISO 64, 1/3 sec, 4.3
ISO 50 1/2 sec, F4.9
1,466 KB JPEG
1,979 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 3.9
Noise, std dev: 3.1

There's not a huge amount of difference between these two cameras in terms of color or dynamic range, though the Samsung's slightly higher contrast and saturation produces a slightly more pleasing image - and one with a marginally warmer tone (the Nikon image has virtually no color cast). The only significant difference is in the representation of reds, with the Samsung's looking almost orange, whereas the 5200 is closer to the original (though still a little cool).

The Coolpix 5200 image is evidently not as sharp - due in part to the Samsung's considerably more aggressive in-camera sharpening as well as it's ability to resolve slightly more detail in the first place. Edge detail is a touch better in the Samsung image (look in particular at the watch face).

Both cameras are controlling noise fairly well; the V50's is lower (the slight difference in ISO sensitivity will have some influence here), but the lower sharpening employed by Nikon has resulted in a cleaner looking file that responds well to software sharpening.