Ok, so we all know the DSi‘s camera is bad and that the miserable 0.3 megapixels is extremely, unbelievably low by even the lowest standards of today’s technology, but just how bad is it? It’s kind of hard to just imagine how much better your pictures would look on something better, like a 10.1 MP Sony CyberShot DSC-T300.
That’s where I come in. I took a little walk with both my DSi and my trusty CyberShot (which also has a touch screen) to take a series of pictures from a distance, close up, and one special shot which serves as the ultimate test. You may actually be surprised at the quality of some of the pictures the DSi took. I know I was.
All pictures are unedited aside from shrinking the CyberShot pictures from over 3,000 pixels to 640. DSi shots are on the left, CyberShot photos are on the right. Click ‘Read More’ to see the rest. All images can be enlarged by clicking, which I recommend doing.
In this picture it is very easy to see the color loss on the DSi’s camera along with the loss in detail in the water and in the shrubbery off in the distance, which gets very blurry.
Easily noticeable here is the overall loss of detail, even up close. The plants, water, and bush closest to the camera are all far less crisp on the DSi’s camera.
Here is a bridge top view of the polluted creek. Easily noticeable is the overall blurriness of the DSi image, and more discreet is how the surface of the water is more washed out by the sunlight.
For the close-up images, notice the loss of depth. The DSi did a great job of rendering the blooming florals blossoming on the tree, but notice nothing is distorted or blurred to show depth. There is also far more color visible in the CyberShot image.
In this round, I’m really impressed with how the DSi’s image turned out. The inability to recreate certain colors actually made the image brighter and prettier with regards to color. However, everything up close looks a little too sharp and has lost a lot of detail while the sun washes out all of the scenery in the background which is only visible in the CyberShot image.
This picture was taken in less than favorable lighting, but the DSi’s image looks relatively, if not overly bright. But look at all of the detail that was lost. The rice looks like creamed carrots, the lettuce looks like guacamole, and the shredded cheese looks melted. But I love tacos, so I don’t even care.
A lot of people have been asking to see what the DSi pictures look like when blown up to the 3,698 pixels that is the default size for the 10.1 Mp camera.
Here the differences are obviously monumental because the DSi image was blown up to such a ridiculous size. But click the image to enlarge and you’ll be able to see even more clearly how big of a difference this is. It’s almost not even comparable. Notice, however, that the DSi image was blown up to over twice it’s original size and lost very little detail from the original shot.
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