Sony EXMOR sensor does not deliver?

by Enche Tjin on September 21, 2009

In this couple months, Sony claims that Sony EXMOR sensor is a new sensor that improves image quality in high ISO setting. It even claims that in compact camera, the image quality twice better. But the reality speaks differently.

The recent real life test shot from Photography Blog shows that Sony TX1, camera that uses this sensor, performs the same as regular compact camera if not worse. [Check it out].

Also, two users from Amazon.com complains about image quality of Sony WX1, compact that use this sensor, as well. Here is some of their comments about high ISO performance:

… On paper, the Sony WX1 looks like it should blow the two Canon’s away with a newly designed “lower-noise” sensor, fewer megapixels, and 24mm/f2.4 at the wide end. In my own comparison (same scene, same lighting using a tripod), I found this not to be the case. At its lowest ISO setting of 160, the WX1 is considerably noisier than ISO80 on the SD780IS at comparable apertures. At ISO400 the noise levels are roughly equivalent, although the Sony tends to underexpose. …

… The only reason I returned it was the biggest. Image quality was not what I expected. Low light shots were noisier than my Fuji (Fuji Finepix f40fd). This was my main reason for purchase, and it failed my test. …

So, the picture quality was not as good as Sony promised.

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Aka March 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm

That is good to be aware of, but I think it misses the whole selling point of the camera – its stabilization/low-light modes and panorama sweep shots. It’s made for users who probably don’t even own tripods.

I can also safely say I have never shot a picture at ISO 80… maybe he expects the WX1 to be a full featured DSLR cam? I think the real point is that one could shoot a photo in low light without a tripod and not get an undecypherable blurry mess.

Aka May 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

I just bought a DSC-WX1, and while I have to say it is a noisy camera, it delivers on its promises – even without twilight burst mode, it shoots clear, richly contrasted, blur-free shots freehand in dim lighting, and the result is clearer than what I see with my eyes!

So don’t get it for professional high-end photography (who would? For one, manual options are practically nonexistent :/) but DO get it for casual personal use, to slip into a shirt pocket and forget about, and take worry-free shots without a flash. It’s so good at this I think I’ll take a series of flashless shots wandering around at night.

Enche Tjin May 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Aka, thanks for sharing your experience.

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