12 Megapixel Camera Shoot-out: Nokia N8 vs Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot

The Nokia N8 has been acclaimed globally as the undisputed king of cameraphones. For the most part, we know that cameraphones do not cut it when up against digital cameras. What better way to put the N8 to test than to send it up against – not another cameraphone – but a similarly muscled 12.1 megapixel digital camera?

12 Megapixel Camera Shoot-out: Nokia N8 vs Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot 1

What’s available to us here at Mobility Nigeria is the the Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot. It features a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and face detection technology. The S2100 is an example of the kind of digital camera that most regular folks buy and take pictures with. Can the N8 replace this dedicated camera?

We’ll leave the conclusions to you. In this shootout, we took all shots in auto mode on both devices – the way the average Joe use their cameras.

In order for there to be no bias in arriving at conclusions, I am not telling which images belong to which device. All upper images belong to one device and all lower images belong to the other. Let’s label the top pictures “A” and the lower ones “B”. Look through the pictures and tell us what you think. Enjoy our gallery!


“The Nokia N8 goes head-to-head against a dedicated camera, the Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot. Both feature a 12 megapixel camera with Xenon flash.”

From 12 Megapixel Camera Shoot-out: Nokia N8 vs Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot, posted by Yomi Adegboye on 12/08/2010 (11 items)

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Update: 9th December 2010
I discovered something today as a fallout of Chris’ comment, “Hope the camera or the phone were set to take at same pixel photographs. from what i see ones pixel is set low.“. I had observed that too after taking the shots but could find no explanation for that.

I ensured that both cameras were set to 12 megapixels. However, after reading Chris’ comment above, I went digging again further into the menus of both devices, and I observed that in one of them digital zoom was enabled and set to “auto”. This must be what resulted in the size differences.

It seems to me that the digital auto zoom gave that device an unfair edge over the other. What do you think? If there is a general consensus on that, I will have the shots taken again and the images in the gallery replaced with the new set.

Your feedback please.

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0 thoughts on “12 Megapixel Camera Shoot-out: Nokia N8 vs Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot

  • December 9, 2010 at 1:29 am
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    The picture labelled “A” was taken by the Nokia N8, while the latter was taken by the Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot.
    In conclusion,i believe the Nokia N8 camera superceed the Sony S2100 Cyber-Shot.

  • December 9, 2010 at 10:10 am
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    Hmmm.. asides not being able to tell if the background color for the picture with the award is cream or white, I’l go for the “A”(camera) pictures .

  • December 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm
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    A is better.

    Hope the camera or the phone were set to take at same pixel photographs, from what i see ones pixel is set low. like you know, some cameras may me 12mega pixels but the set at 3megapixels in order to take more pictures to fit into the memory card. Also the flash looks like its distorting the picture colour.

    regards

    chris

  • December 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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    The winner will definitely be nokia n8…director of photography itself!

  • December 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm
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    Guys, let’s get more detailed in our evaluation.

    For example, some shots show more details than others. Colour resolutions with flash. Colour resolutions without flash. Sharpness. And so on and so forth.

  • December 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm
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    I discovered something today as a fallout of Chris’ comment, “Hope the camera or the phone were set to take at same pixel photographs. from what i see ones pixel is set low.“. I had observed that too after taking the shots but could find no explanation for that.

    I ensured that both cameras were set to 12 megapixels. However, after reading Chris’ comment above, I went digging again further into the menus of both devices, and I observed that in one of them digital zoom was enabled and set to “auto”. This must be what resulted in the size differences.

    It seems to me that the digital auto zoom gave that device an unfair edge over the other. What do you think? If there is a general consensus on that, I will have the shots taken again and the images in the gallery replaced with the new set.

    Your feedback please.

  • December 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm
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    i wil want to say b is n8.how ever i see there is no much diff,depending at what condition and time of the day it was taken.apart from the autofocus distance which made d n8 farther,one set could pass for the other.i will take another critical look again

  • December 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm
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    The images on top show more colour saturation but at the expence of image details which are well presented in the images below.

    Overall, the camera used for the lower pictures appear to be the better of the two with the exceptions below:

    1. Image 4 was overwashed with flash in the lower picture.

    2. Image 8 lower picture is a bit overexposed with loss of image detail.

  • December 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm
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    Apart from the two pictures noted above by deoladoctor, I would have to opine that the Pictures below (B) are much better, clearer and more natural than the ones above (A). The Pictures above (A) though may look prettier in some of the shots, the colours are actually over-saturated. Thus making A appear better. But B is actually more down to earth because the colours are more Natural. I suspect that A is Nokia N8. The Digital Camera wins!!

  • December 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm
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    lowe 6 and 10 tend to show a more matured color,which i give to be N8

  • December 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm
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    This is a serious assignment, i need time to conclude.
    So much to compare.

  • December 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm
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    In general Picture A is more colorful and detailed.

    But I would have prefered it if it was possible to download the pictures and compare sizes, max zooms, edges etc.

    • December 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm
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      I have a new set of comparison shots coming up. This time, I won’t use the gallery setup but upload the images so that you can click through to the full size images and download for your convenience.

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