Compared to the Sony DSC-S75

Over the next three pages we'll be comparing the 4 megapixel DSC-S85 with the best 3 megapixel (consumer) digital cameras. All shots were taken of the same scene (from the same subject distance) within minutes of each other. Obviously the S85 will have a resolution advantage over the 3 megapixel digital cameras, but hopefully these comparisons will give you an idea of how much that is and how well the S85 compares to them.

Cameras were reset to factory defaults. Aperture priority was used on all cameras to use an aperture of F4.5 (or as close as possible), exposure compensation of +0.3 EV was used. White balance was set to Auto. Lighting - 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector.

Sony DSC-S85 Sony DSC-S75
ISO 100, F4.5, F1/10 sec ISO 100, F4.5, 1/8 sec

As we'd expect the metering and colour balance between the S85 and S75 is very very similar, if anything the S85 shows slightly stronger reds and more neutral greens (see the Tanqueray bottle colour). You can clearly see the S85's resolution advantage on most of the crops. Noise seems to be about the same, limited mostly to the chroma noise (colour).