Compared to... Canon SD500 (Ixus 700)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony DSC-P200 and the Canon PowerShot SD500. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 50 and 400 for the Canon, ISO 100 and 400 for the Sony).

Studio scene comparison (P200 @ ISO 100, SD500 @ ISO 50)

  • Sony DSC-P200 : Manual exposure mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
  • Canon PowerShot SD500: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-P200
Canon PowerShot SD500
ISO 100, 1/100 sec, F4
ISO 50, 1/80 sec, F4
3,005 KB JPEG
2,719 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 1.9
Noise, std dev: 2.0

As the SD500 had not been launched when we reviewed the P150 I was interested to see how they compared (the P150 and P200 seem to produce virtually identical results). Perhaps unsurprisingly there's little real difference - the P200 image is a little more contrasty, but it has slightly more natural colors (lower saturation), but there's really not much in it.

Ultimately, the difference between these results - and those from pretty much all 'P&S' 7 megapixel cameras is unlikely to make a significant visible difference to the final print - you're looking here at the actual pixels, which - to put it into perspective - represents the kind of enlargement you'd get if you produced a print over 40 inches high. It comes down to personal taste.