Compared to the Canon PowerShot G1

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 Canon PowerShot G1
ISO 100, F4.5, F1/10 sec ISO 50, F4.5, 1/4 sec

In this comparison the S85 seems to have stronger "Sony colour", the G1 erring on the side of caution and leaving most colours a little pale (compared to the S85). Resolution is interesting, the S85 definitely has the pixel advantage but the G1 puts up a good fight, most notable comparison being the fan of lines on the Martini bottle. It's also clear that Sony's default sharpening seems to be a little more aggressive than the G1 which doesn't suffer from sharpening halos around dark details.