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Old Feb 27, 2003, 3:28 PM   #1
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Default Oly C-50 Zoom Pictures Compared to Sony P-71 3MP

I just bought a C-50 Zoom, eagerly played with it, and then went out to take some photo's. I already have a Sony P-71, 3 megapixel in the company and thought that the 5 megapixels C-50 would really shine.

I took outdoor pictures with both camera's; same subject, different high quality settings. Then tried to print a couple of 8x10's, but ran out of ink. So instead, I loaded the pics on my computer and did side by side comparisons.

Results: The sony did a better job with shadows vs light area's, though I liked the color saturation of the Oly. But what really surprised me is when I zoomed in on portions of the pictures to compare resolution and sharpness - the little 3MP Sony had better pixel definition and provided a slightly sharper viewable image!

The last camera upgrade that I did was from a 2 megapixel Epson to the 3MP Sony. The resolution difference was dramatic. This time I it appears that the Sony has a slight edge. I thought more megapixels was better.

So, I am considering exchanging the Oly camera for something else. Portability and resolution are equal priorities. Any thoughts, suggestions?
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Old Mar 1, 2003, 10:13 AM   #2
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Some of the latest smaller CCDs are noisy. My Oly 730 was and still is noisier than my Oly 3020. I've heard the C50 is noisy so your results don't surprise me.

My 730 has a pixel mapping function which I used after getting the camera hot. It reduced the noise alot.

Does the C50 have this function - if so try it.

If you have no joy, take it back and buy the C4000 instead.
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