Sat 04.03.10 – This afternoon my Mom and I took Les Doggies for a walk about Seal Beach and I decided to take both the Nokia N86 8 megapixel camera phone and the Nikon D70s DSLR camera out so that I could take photos of the same things to then see the comparison of how each camera would perform.
Jen, are you high to compare the photos of a camera phone and a respected DSLR? Why yes, I am. I decided to do it for the fun of it but also wanted to see how each would perform.
Here are the tech/camera specs as they are relevant to today’s photowalk:
Nokia N86: 8 megapixel digital camera with a Zeiss Tessar 2.4-4.8/4.6 wide angle lens
Nikon D70s: 6.1 megapixel DSLR camera with a Nikon Nikkor 1.8f 50mm lens
Other than resizing the above photos, I did not alter the original photos in any way.
Many critics and photo professionals argue after 7 or 8 megapixels that increased megapixels don’t matter, but what does matter is the ‘glass’ (lens), the digital sensor, and the software algorithms that process the image information.
From the photos above, the Nokia N86 with the 8 megapixel sensor and the Zeiss lens make for beautiful photos, the colors are bright and the images quite clear. The Zeiss wide angle lens takes in a wider field of view than the Nikon’s 50mm lens. Between the Zeiss camera phone lens, the 8 megapixel sensor, and the software to process the images, the Nokia N86 is a powerful picture taking machine.
The Nikon D70s’ images are a bit softer and so are the colors, but part of that can be accounted for the fact that even though I kept the f-stop set at 4.5 to be as equal as possible to the Nokia N86’s lens, but even at 4.5 the Nikon Nikkor 1.8f 50mm lens will still have a nice bokeh effect, where as the Nokia N86’s software is set to process the images to be crisper than a soft bokeh.
Also, the D70s’ crop factor of 1.5 effectively turns the 50mm lens into a 85mm lens, compared the Nokia’s 28mm wide angle, which is why all the Nikon D70s photos on the right look like they are more zoomed than the Nokia photos on the left. To account for this, I did set the digital zoom on the Nokia to have roughly comparable framing as the Nikon.
View the photos as you will and make your own conclusions, but I will conclude with the fact that the Nokia N86 is a mighty fine camera and I am quite impressed with the latest firmware/software updates as the camera is now performing as I would expect a high end Nokia camera phone to, where as the Nikon D70s with the 50mm lens produces dreamier photos that are subtly different from the Nokia N86 photos.