Compared to the Nikon Coolpix 995

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 Nikon Coolpix 995 (Beta)
ISO 100, F4.5, F1/10 sec ISO 100, F4.8, 1/5 sec

Metering between the two cameras (at least for this scene) is virtually identical. Interesting to note how the two cameras cope with the highlight detail on the silver spoons.

The 995 goes along with the G1 in its cautious approach to colour, rather than over saturating reds (something the S85 could be accused of) it reproduces them more neutrally. The S85's resolution and lens show a fair amount more detail than the 995 which I feel has been let down by its new 4x zoom lens.