Dec 16th: DSLR or Smart Phone? Tell the difference in the images and win a Calendar or a Year Planner

It’s been play time for me this weekend. It’s been a glorious couple of days – although not so out in the Peak (but that’s another story) and I’ve been shooting scenes in my local parks as well as the Xmas wreath my wife made last week. I was pitting my DSLR (36mb) camera against my new smart phone camera (8mb). I’ve just spend the last hour or so looking at the results and it’s been ‘interesting’ to say the least. Rather than just share some of the images with you straight out, I’ll will do that but later, I’ve just had the idea of having a bit of fun by running a quick competition to give away a copy of my climbing calendar…

So, look at the following images and then answer the same question for each – is the image captured by either the DSLR or the smart phone?

The first five correct answers will go into the KSP hat and the winner and runner-up will get a copy of Climbing 2013 and a copy of the 2013 Year Planner/Poster respectively for Xmas.

Email your answers to me at before 22:00 tomorrow (Monday 17th) and then I’ll post the winner and runner-up asap thereafter.

Please inset Calendar Comp into the subject header. List your answers as below

Image 1 – DSLR or Smart Phone

Image 2 – DSLR or Smart Phone

Image 3 – DSLR or Smart Phone

Oh yes, and I’ll need your postal address as well please…

I should say that all the images have been uploaded for basic processing including resizing etc. into Nikon Capture.

Finally, if you want a wreath making for Xmas well I’m sorry, time’s too short for that I think…

Image 1: Sheffield Park  


























Image 2: Sheffield Park  

























Image 3: Xmas Wreath





















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  1. Steve Crowe December 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    This is what I think:

    The first two were taken for the purpose of comparing the cameras, the third was a red herring! I like the first two but not keen on the third.

    1. Woodland Path – Phone
    Great shades of brown with a hint of green and a splash of blue. Lots of detail to pick out. Crouched down to add an interesting foreground detail but essentially on a walk in the woods with the phone.

    2. Tree Roots – DSLR
    My favourite. Great shades of mostly one colour, superb composition, making me look at something that I could have walked past and not noticed. Great shades of brown and a few flecks of green. Left me wondering what the photographer was thinking at that moment, why did he stop?

    3. Wreath – Phone
    It looks a fairly flat image with nice colours but little composition, looks like it was taken on the spur of the moment. Nice enough but didn’t grab my attention.

  2. Rob December 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Keith,
    After looking closely at all three photos, I would say the wreath is the one taken with the DSLR.
    My reasoning is, even though all three images show an impressive level of detail, the wreath shows much more clarity and definition in the black areas of the image; for example, the letterbox. The image is much more crisp in its detail.
    Having said that, the 2 woodland shots are both very clear, with good colours and no discernible distortions or fringing that you might expect from such a small lens as that found on a smartphone.

  3. Keith December 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    And also received via email from Matthew Vernon was the following…

    Hi Keith,

    Thanks! You’re right that at the resolution you posted to your blog
    with, there’s nothing to choose between the pictures quality-wise. So
    I’m afraid I guessed the difference based on what you said: the two
    Sheffield Park photos looked to have been taken on the same occasion, so
    I figured were the same camera. And the wreath image is a more “arty”
    shot, so I figured that would be the DSLR shot, and the two outside ones
    were smart phone pictures.