Sony DSC-S85 Review
Timings & File Sizes
The DSC-S85's slowest function is powering up, slowed by the extension of the lens. Otherwise the camera is fairly quick, the larger image size doesn't seem to have made a lot of difference to any of our timings. Indeed most notably power up time is faster for the S85 than the S75. Occasionally if you take several shots in a row you may find yourself waiting (only 2 or 3 seconds) for the camera to finish flushing the image away to the Memory Stick.
Timing Notes: All times calculated as an average of three operations. Unless otherwise stated all timings were made on a 2270 x 1704 FINE JPEG image (approx. 1.7 MB per image).
|Power: Off to Record||5.6||Lens takes 3.4 secs|
|Power: Off to Play||3.5||Image loading *1|
|Power: Record to Off||4.6||Lens retract|
|Power: Play to Off||<0.5||Lens already retracted|
|Mode: Record to Play||1.1||Image loading *1|
|Mode: Play to Record||0.5|
|Play: Magnify||From x1 to x5.0||7.8||(17 steps)|
|Rec: Thumbnail view||3 x 3 thumbnails||1.4|
|Auto Focus LAG||0.7 - 1.4||Average|
|Shutter Release LAG||0.1||Fast|
|Total LAG||1.1||Average to Slow|
|Off to Shot Taken||6.9||Average|
|Shot to Shot||2270 x 1704 JPEG FINE||3.6||Fast|
|Shot to Shot||2270 x 1704 JPEG STANDARD||3.4||Fast|
|*1||Camera displays rough image (enough detail to see what the image is), you can interrupt the rest of the loading process by pressing the left or right cursor or rolling the jog-dial.|
Burst 3 Mode
The S85 allows you to shoot a burst of three shots (compared to two of the S75) 0.4 seconds apart (2.3 frames per second). This is almost twice as fast as the S75 but then you have to wait twice as long before you can take the next burst. Pressing the shutter release just once fires off all three shots. In summary:
- Three frames at 2.3 frames per second, wait 13 seconds before you can take the next burst
File Flush / Display Timing
There are three timings below, I'll describe each in turn:
- Time to process - this is the amount of time after pressing
the shutter release button before the camera returns control to you,
the image may still be being written away to the Memory Stick but you
can begin to take the next shot.
- Time to flush - this is the amount of time it takes the camera
to process and flush; complete writing the image to the Memory Stick.
It is taken from the moment the shutter release is pressed to the moment
the red light beside the Memory Stick slot (inside the compartment)
goes out. This timing includes the time to process.
- Time to display - this is the amount of time it takes the camera to display the image, most digital cameras first display a rough version of the image (a thumbnail from the file header) and then load the full resolution image, you can't manipulate the image until it is fully loaded (magnify etc.) however you can interrupt this loading process skip to the next image.
The S85 appears to have enough buffer space to hold a maximum of three images at a time (which makes sense when you consider the Burst 3 mode), so it's possible to snap two shots and still have space for one more.
on a 64 MB
|2270 x 1704 TIFF||37.2||37.2||4.4||11,345 KB||5|
|2270 x 1704 TEXT (GIF) **||33.3||33.3||46.6||~200 KB||300|
|2270 x 1704 FINE||2.8||6.1||4.3||~1,700 KB||32|
|2270 x 1704 STANDARD||2.8||4.8||3.3||~950 KB||64|
|1600 x 1200 FINE||2.8||4.5||2.6||~830 KB||66|
|1280 x 960 FINE||2.6||3.8||2.0||~550 KB||100|
|640 x 480 FINE||2.3||2.6||1.2||~140 KB||393|
|*||All file sizes are an average of three files. As is the case with JPEG it's difficult to predict the size of an image because it will vary a fair amount depending on the content of the image (especially the amount of detail captured). For example, take a photograph of a fairly empty wall and you'll get a small JPEG, take a photograph of a bush with a lot of detail and you'll get a larger image. File sizes here are closer to the later, the larger size of file you should expect.|
|**||The majority of this time is spent processing (generating) the GIF file.|
During the "development" of my Nikon Coolpix 995 review it became apparent that we needed to devise a reliable, repeatable battery test. This is what I came up with:
- Take 4 shots without flash
- Wait 2 minutes (50% of the time powering the camera off)
- Take 1 shot with flash
- Wait 1 minute
This test routine was carried out on five different cameras simultaneously. All batteries had been fully discharged and recharged before the test and all cameras were reset to their factory default settings. Here are the results:
|Camera||Battery||Power||Battery life||Number of shots|
|Nikon Coolpix 995||EN-EL1||4.8 Wh||2 hr 30 mins||255|
|Canon PowerShot G1||BP-511||8.1 Wh||3 hr 00 mins||300|
|Sony DSC-S75||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||3 hr 15 mins||330|
|Sony DSC-S85||NP-FM50||8.6 Wh||3 hr 50 mins||400|
Amazing, just when we'd finished getting excited about the S75's 3 hours 15 minutes under our test conditions the S85 adds another 45 minutes and some 70 photos onto that total. Obviously either the new 4.1 megapixel CCD is more power efficient than the 3.3 megapixel and/or Sony have implemented some new power saving features into the camera. Which ever way it's fair to say the S85 has amazing lasting power.
|Waffles with fruits by Coolinarka|
from Food photography (desserts)
|Vestrahorn Frozen Reflection by Will B Milner|
from Ice cold
As summer really gets going over here in the Northern hemisphere, the team at Imaging Resource has put together a list of the best cameras for backpacking.
The Ukrainian Parliament banned statues of Lenin in 2015. Two years later, the monuments no longer adorn public buildings or stand watch over town squares, but they're still there.
If you had to choose one camera to bring along for the ultimate West coast road trip, what would it be? DPR's Sam Spencer choose the X100F. Read more
The a9 boasts impressive capability. As more examples of it in practice pour in, Sony's claims hold up. Watch the a9 track and maintain focus on a rapidly approaching basketball.
Last week, more than a million tonnes of Californian coastline slid into the ocean, taking part of Highway 1 with it. Check out the remodeling in photos taken before and after the landslide.
Even after eighteen months of reviewing the latest, greatest, shiniest and must-buy-me-est new gear, DPReview staffer Carey Rose has continued to use older DSLR cameras for his freelance work. But now, that might be changing. Read more
Sony is the world's leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it's said in a presentation to investors. A focus on high value cameras and lenses should boost operating income, it says. Read more
It's nicknamed the 'Cycloptic Mustard Monster,' and is a 3D printed medium format camera. Read more
The new NanGuang LED lights are battery powered and come with accessories including filters and diffusers.
Have you been telling yourself, "Hey, I really need one of those 8K displays?" A video about Dell's new 8K monitor shows you what to expect. Is it really that much better?
Tamara Lackey, a Nikon ambassador USA and pro shooter, discusses embracing self-consciousness as a means of connecting with subjects.
There's a new Spiderman movie coming out and the poster been generating a lot of online chatter. Mostly about how it looks like the creation of a fevered teenager that just discovered Photoshop.
An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.
Copyright disputes are no fun at all. 'Binded' is a new startup that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers. Read more
Not everyone wants to pay a premium for a long zoom camera. Thankfully, there are many reasonably priced cameras available, though they won't offer the same image quality as enthusiast models. In this updated roundup we look at big zoom cameras with more consumer-friendly price tags. Read more
Think Tank Photo has updated two of its popular bag lines with improvements to functionality. Read more
We’ve all seen Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, but there's another.
The sample footage looks good.
It will automatically pick the best camera settings depending on shooting conditions. It even promises enhanced functionality for your camera, like exposure and focus stacking. It already supports many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony. Read more
As if $13,950 wasn’t enough to pay for a special edition lens, the Leica Store in San Francisco is offering a prototype of said lens for $24,995. Read more
Make those old photos disappear without deleting them forever.
Firmware updates enable 10 fps shooting with adapted A-mount lenses, and faster startup times and better compatibility for 20 fps shooting when using native lenses on the a9.
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its camera models X-T2, X-Pro2, GFX 50s, X-T20, X100F and X-T1 and updates to three of its software products.
A 22 year-old Romanian photographer uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture unique perspectives of the city where he now lives.
What's it like to ride the waves with champion surfer Kelly Slater? This VR video from Teton Gravity Research gives you a taste.
When Nikon released the full-frame D3 in 2007, it changed the professional photography industry. In this week's Throwback Thursday, Barney remembers a legend. Read more
The new stuff should have better red hues, improved sensitivity and finer grain - but don't worry - will still shift blues to green, greens to purple and yellows to pink.
Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more
This compact drone can shoot HD video using a 2-axis stabilized 12MP camera. Read more
The new Prynt Pocket can print a photo directly from their iPhone simply by inserting the phone into the printer, then snapping a photo. Each print will cost about 50 cents. Read more