Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony DSC F88 and the HP Photosmart R707. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (100 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 100)

  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC F88 : Manual mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
  • HP Photosmart R707: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Sony DSC-F88
HP Photosmart R707
ISO 100, 0.6 sec, F6.3
ISO 100, 1 sec, F6.7
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There's not a huge difference between these two similarly specified cameras - colour, tonal range and dynamic range are very close, though the default sharpening on the F88 is slightly higher than the R707, and noise is more obvious, though it remains very low and certainly won't mar your prints.

Also obvious is the F88's slight fall off in sharpness at the edge of the frame - surprising given the Carl Zeiss lens (look at the crop of the area of the frame containing the batteries), though centre-of-frame sharpness is perfectly good. The F88's colour balance is very slightly more accurate, with the HP R707 a touch cooler, and - as is common with Sony Cyber-shots - reds are very vivid, though at least this time it's not at the expense of fine tonal detail.