Compared to...

Here we're going to compare the E-20 to the Sony DSC-F707 and Nikon Coolpix 5000.

Image Quality Comparison: Studio (Standard Scene)

Our almost standard still life scene. Lighting - 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. All cameras set to aperture priority and preset white balance (taken from a grey card). Aperture chosen produced optimum sharpness from all cameras. Crops below are 'blown up' 200%, apart from the last which is at 100%.

Olympus E-20 Sony DSC-F707 Nikon Coolpix 5000
ISO 80, F5.0, 1/2 sec ISO 100, F5.0, 1/3 sec ISO 100, F4.7, 1/3 sec

Overall the E-20 did fairly well, it's clearly not stealing the lead from the Sony DSC-F707. Here are my observations: (I expect you to make your own)

  • Jaggies on diagonal lines of the Martini label
  • Not as much resolution available as the DSC-F707
  • Better handling of bright colours than both the DSC-F707 and Coolpix 5000
  • There is some indication of lens aberrations around the black of the Martini (top) and Kodak (bottom) logos
  • Dotted appearance to the solid black lines of the ruler