Sony Ericsson’s Vivaz vs. The Nokia N97 – Is it all about Megapixels?

29. March 2010 at 07:33


Many people assume that it is all about megapixels, and that the more megapixels a camera or phone features, the better images it will produce. If you take a look at advertisements for example, you will see that the number of megapixels a device features, is pushed intensively. However, in this review, we can demonstrate that this may not necessarily be the case. We took a closer look at Sony Ericsson’s newest Symbian based camera-monster – the Vivaz. This neat little baby packs an 8 megapixel camera into its sleek housing. Moreover, it records videos in 720p HD quality. So to compare the image quality and highlight the insignificance of the megapixels, we used the Nokia N97 and its 5 megapixel camera. Guessed which image was taken by the Vivas yet? Let’s take a look.

Left: Sony Ericsson Vivaz – Right: Nokia N97

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I was really surprised that the Sony Ericsson Vivaz does not sport a real flash. Instead it has a weak LED that is constantly lit up and really makes taking pictures in low light conditions difficult. Also, when taking a closer look at the picture, it doesn’t appear as vivid as the N97’s attempt.

In the images below, the light conditions are pretty good, so both devices can show off their pure imaging-power.


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There’s no doubt that both handsets came up with good images, however I did expect a little more from Sony Ericcson’s 8 megapixel Vivas, especially considering the N97 has been on the market for over a year and has 3 megapixels less. The details are much sharper and crisper on the N97, which generally came out on top in terms of overall image quality.

As you can see, more megapixel does not automatically mean better images. Factors like the quality of the lens, in this case the Carl Zeiss lens, and sensor is as important if not more. Were you brainwashed by the megapixel jargon? Or are you not surprised by the images the Vivas has produced? Drop a comment and let us know what you think.