Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2

Sony Cybershot N2 purple fringing comparison

Sony Cybershot N2 results continued…

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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  To measure and compare the Sony Cyber-shot N2’s purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using it and a number of rival models.

We used the built-in lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths with the apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

In this particular test, the Sony N2 performed similarly to the Canon A640 and Fujifilm F30, with all three exhibiting roughly similar degrees of coloured fringing at their focal extremes; note the Panasonic TZ1 is impressively bereft of almost any fringing.

Sony Cybershot DSC-N2
Canon PowerShot A640
Fujifilm FinePix F30
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Sony N2 at 7.9mm f2.8
Canon A640 at 7.3mm f2.8
Fujifilm F30 at 8mm f2.8
Panasonic TZ1 at 5.2mm f2.8
7.9-23.7mm at 7.9mm f2.8
7.3-29.2mm at 7.3mm f2.8
8-24mm at 8mm f2.8
5.2-52mm at 5.2mm f2.8
Sony N2 at 23.7mm f5.4
Canon A640 at 29.2mm f4.1
Fujifilm F30 at 24mm f5
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
7.9-23.7mm at 23.7mm f5.4
7.3-29.2mm at 29.2mm f4.1
8-24mm at 24mm f5.0
5.2-52mm at 52mm f4.2

Sony Cybershot N2 macro comparison

Sony N2 macro test  

To measure and compare the Sony Cyber-shot N2’s macro performance we photographed a custom chart using it and a number of rival models with their bundled lenses.

Each camera was positioned at a distance and set to a focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction.

The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test.

The image left was taken with the Sony Cyber-shot N2 in its Macro mode.

7.9-23.7mm at 7.9mm
Max area of 66x50mm

Switch the Sony N2 to macro mode and it can focus as close as 6cm with its lens set to wide angle. This allows it to capture an area measuring 66x50mm which is the least impressive of the four cameras tested here. The Fujifilm F30 isn’t far behind, but models like the Canon A640 show what’s possible with a compact.

Canon PowerShot A640

Fujifilm FinePix F30

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1
Canon A640 macro test
Fujifilm F30 macro test
Panasonic TZ1 macro test
7.3-29.2mm at 7.3mm
Max area of 24x18mm

8-24mm at 8mm
Max area of 56x42mm

  5.2-52mm at 10mm
Max area of 40x30mm
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