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F5fstop 11-07-2009 07:58 PM

Tour vs. Nikon
Took some photos today when out and about with my 9630, and when I got home I decided to compare two of the photos against two almost identical photos, taken from the same area, with a Nikon D300, equipped with a F/2.8 28-70 AFS lens. The photos of the hoodoo were taken in the identical place, so I thought I would compare the GPS data from the phone to the Solmeta N2 GPS device on the Camera that loads GPS data directly into the EXIF file; similar to the 9630ís setup.

All photos were resized in Photoshop, and auto levels were applied in Capture NX2. Other than those two adjustments, no other adjustments were made.




In addition, note that since I am using a free subscription to Photobucket, the photos are compressed and this messes up all photo; but the comparison should hold since Photobucket messed up all four photos.
I also was curious about the GPS data, so here are two screen shots from Google:
This shot of Google shows the location of the BB, D300 and the Hoodoo (or rock formation from the first photos). (D300 is RED, BB is GREEN, and Hoodoo is BLUE.)

Zooming in on Google Earth and you can see there is a small distance separation from the two shots.

I would say the D300 is more accurate. I compared the D300 coordinates against a Garmin 60CSx and they were almost dead on. This does not mean the D300 and the Garmin are more accurate, but I would say since two agree and one does not, the D300 photo is probably closer to actual position than the BB.
I will say the photos are not that bad when compared against photos taken with a semi-professional camera, with a $1500.00 lens, so I am not complaining, just comparing.
I should also say I was able to send both of these photos to friends via Verizon, from right where they were taken. More than can be said for a friend with her iPhone, that was with me.

(And yes, it is a red desert:smile:)

dan_k 11-09-2009 08:47 AM

Interesting. The bb photos are really pretty good. Obviously the Nikon photos are slightly sharper and more saturated. In addition, the bb photos seem slightly overexposed for my taste, in comparison with the dSLR. However, I'm really quite impressed with the bb photos.

rambo47 11-09-2009 04:55 PM

If the BB didn't have time to hook up with satellites for the GPS it might degrade the accuracy. Kinda silly comparing the two though, no?

F5fstop 11-09-2009 05:29 PM

I do not believe it was silly, but if you do, fine, don't read any further. I DID NOT start out on this trip to compare, I decided to do the comparison after I was home. More out of my curiosity, but thought others might find it interesting. Guess I was wrong.

I never expected the BB to have better photos, if it did, I would have thrown the Nikon off the nearest cliff, I guess I was just showing the differences, and considering the difference between the equipment, the BB's photos really are not that bad. The BB does not have a light sensor like the Nikon so the washed out effect from shooting in a desert is normal.

The following day, on a trip up to the mountains, the BBs color were more saturated, and not washed out. I won't show those since it would be too silly to do anymore comparisons. But I will say, out of the harsh desert sun, the BB was pretty darn good overall, but again not as good as the Nikon (as one would expect), but it would be silly to think the BB would be better.

I had also been comparing the track of the BB with the Garmin, so the sats were already locked on. However, I am not worrying about the slight difference since I do not believe the BB uses WAAS correction, while the Garmin does. If the BB was all you had, a person would not get lost.

No more silly comparisions....

Motorcycle Mama 11-09-2009 07:04 PM

Those are great. And the BlackBerry DID take remarkably good pictures.

The wide shot of the canyon taken with the D300 is stunning, though. :)

TeritaM 11-10-2009 02:32 PM

my BB took better shots than my nikon s230. I got rid of it (the camera).

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