Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 vs. Sony DSC-R1

Camera settings:

  • Sony DSLR-A100: Minolta 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Custom Parameters (Sharpness +1), Self-Timer
  • Sony DSC-R1: Aperture Priority, ISO 160
    JPEG 10M/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
Sony DSLR-A100
Sony DSC-R1
2,868 KB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
4,299 KB JPEG (3888 x 2592)

There's a difference, and it's probably down to the different image processing engines in each camera, but it's difficult to summarize exactly what it is. To me the DSC-R1 image has a more 'consumer like' appearance and appeal. This can be seen in the way it 'hard clips' highlights (in the paperclips crop), the almost glowing green rendition and the lack of very fine detail in crops such as the country scene on the Bailey's label. Don't forget that the DSLR-A100 carries a fairly strong advantage into this comparison by using a 50 mm prime lens rather than a complex zoom as fitted to the DSC-R1.