Resolving Fine Lines

For our resolution test, we reset the camera to its default settings and then used the highest resolution and quality setting. The camera was then set to +2.0 E.V. For more information, refer to our Testing Procedures page. When reading this chart, the numbers represent lines per picture height (LPH). For example, the number 15 would represent 1,500 LPH. Below are 200% crops of the test. Click on a crop to see the full chart at 100%.


Sony DSC-L1
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Olympus Stylus Verve
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Sony DSC-L1
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Olympus Stylus Verve
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In the horizontal comparison crops above, the L1 shows just a touch higher resolution performance than the Olympus Stylus Verve. The L1 is able to resolve lines out to 1,200 LPH before moving to extinction around 1,600 LPH. However, in the vertical crop, the Verve slightly outperforms the L1. The Sony L1 is only able to resolve out to 1,100 LPH before moving to extinction by 1,500 LPH. One of the most noticeable differences between these cameras is their default levels of sharpness and contrast. The Verve has higher contrast and higher compression, which results in the visibility of JPEG artifacts. The Sony L1 produces softer results with no JPEG artifacts. However, we should also point out the significant blurring towards the edges of the frame on the L1 resolution chart.

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  • ksherman - Sunday, January 30, 2005 - link

    BTW #6-- to get to contact information, click on 'about' on the left hadn menu (second down) and then click on 'contactAnandtech' Reply
  • Xmate - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    Good review, camera seems weak to me (being a photographer) but for a digicam its good, and a good review of it.

    I notice that Anandtech has taken a liking to digital photography, having several reviews and essays on how to take better photographs and what to take them with. This is all very good. I am really happy that more people are getting involved into the world of photography.

    What I ask of Anandtech now, is to continue on their photography reviews, but to add some computer software preformance reviews. I am in the market for a new computer, and i am completely torn as to what CPU, motherboard, ram, graphics card HD to get. I will be using almost exclusively Adobe products on the computer (photoshop, illustrator, Golive Indesign, The whole Creative suite). I'd GREATLY aoreicate if Anandtech could have some benchmarkings of how different Hardware preforms in photoshop and more importantly their ram converter.

    Also, I ask that you could perhaps have some reviews of colour calibration devices, such as the Gretagmacbeth ones (www.gretagmacbeth.com) and also if you could tell us what monitors are the best to use for the most acurate colour rendition.

    It's great that you have more photographers articles, but people like me (you'd be surprised how many of us visit this site) really need advice on what PC hardware to get for the best and faster results, from cpu to graphics card to monitor to printer. I hope you take this into consideration.

    Stefan

    PS: I was looking for the 'Contact Us' for Anandtech, but I was unable to find it. If someone could tell me how to contact them directly then I'd greatly apreciate it. Thank you once again.
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  • melgross - Friday, January 28, 2005 - link

    As far as I am concerned, all of the test pictures are unacceptable. The outdoor pics aren't bad, though there are better images from others cameras in this price range.

    The indoor pics are all underexposed badly, and the flash calibration esp. at close distances is very poor.
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  • segagenesis - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Better and less than half the price of my old (4 years old?) DSC-P1. Guess it shows how quickly cameras are evolving.

    There will always be some edge distortion in smaller cameras, so when buying one this is a given. The lens is just too damn small!
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  • stephencaston - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    #1 thanks, its corrected now Reply
  • arfan - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Maybe it will be better if there is review for all digital camera from entry level until high-end. What about Canon A75 compare with this Sony ? Reply
  • cosmotic - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Are you sure you meant that the release date was Feb 2004? Reply

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