Different Cameras, Different Photos – Really


It’s that time again – time for Cordelia’s Mom’s photography lesson!

‘Cause you all know how qualified I am to advise anyone else on photography.


I suppose a really good photographer could use one camera for everything and would have enough knowledge to tweak the settings so as to get the perfect picture every time.  But I’m not that photographer.

As an experiment, I took both cameras to Walton Woods Park in Amherst, New York to see how they would each work on the same day at the same time in the same light, and with pretty much the same settings.  I guess my future photography will depend on whether I want a blue-tinged picture or a green-tinged one, ’cause playing around with the white balance on either camera isn’t doing it.

The cameras in question are my newer Nikon Coolpix  B700 and my really old Olympus Stylus.

The results are below – can you guess which camera took which pictures, without actually clicking on the photos to find out?  (Hint: the picture at the top of this post was taken with the Olympus because I couldn’t figure out how to make the Nikon take a photo of itself, and believe me, I tried.)


Same Cattails – Different Camera


Same Ripples – Different Camera

See what I mean?  Drives me nuts!

And, here’s an extra one for your viewing pleasure.  I only took one shot of this view.  Which camera do you think I used:

Ripples and Shadows

Happy Friday, folks!

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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio


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38 Responses to Different Cameras, Different Photos – Really

  1. Wow, what a difference!

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  2. simplywendi says:

    beautiful photos!

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    I have no idea but the blue tint ones make the photos look like they are evening photos! I much prefer the green tint. No idea which camera is which though 💜💜💜

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  4. ladyryl says:

    I am guessing the Nikon takes the green tones and the old Olympus Stylus takes the blue ones…
    Great pics though.!!


  5. Rivergirl says:

    I have no idea which is which.
    I remember Fuji film having different color tones from Kodak years ago, but I had no idea different cameras could produce such different hues.


    • I didn’t know it, either. I just always figured if you paid big bucks for a camera it would take perfect photos without leaning into any particular color range. The Nikon was expensive, at least for me; the Olympus was run-of-the mill, Walmart/Target price. Neither of them is perfect.

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  6. Jane says:

    The camera that is shooting blue needs to be adjusted. It might be something you can do or it needs to got o a shop to have the “color guns” adjusted. They are filters that take out the red-green making you camera shoot blue. I know, it doesn’t make sense. Try shooting a plain white piece of paper in the same light and you will really see it. Its just an adjustment but again, I would have it professionally looked at. The other camera is shooting color correctly.

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    • I believe you’re right. It’s the Nikon that’s shooting blue and it only really started doing it after I had it repaired because the USB connection failed. Since the store repaired it for free, and the pictures are good otherwise, I didn’t want to complain.


  7. The pictures produced by the Olympus gives you truer colours, whereas the pics taken by the other camera seem purposely tinted. But whatever, they are all beautiful!

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  8. Karen J says:

    Oh, CM! Even if a repair is “free” (presumably ’cause of a warrantee?) it still ought not to break something else!
    You’re a Photographer, woman! Own it, claim it! Stand up for yourself and your equipment!


    • Wow – best comment I’ve had in a long time! You’ve always been one of my most ardent supporters, and I really appreciate it, Karen. You’ve kept me going here on WP several times when I would have thrown in the towel.

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  9. Karen J says:

    Take the Nikon back to the shop, along with two prints of the same scene, or the white shots that Jane mentioned. Have a different tech take a look at it!
    Good luck!
    And, I should have said this first – Beautiful photos, CM!!
    I generally prefer the green ones, myself (-: Well done!


    • I’m thinking I may keep the blue tinge since people really seem to like it for the outdoor shots. Those photos are the most popular on YouPic. Maybe I’ll market myself as the Blue Photographer or something. 🙂

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  10. Different cameras have different ways of dealing with color. Forget, for a moment, how some lenses are much better than others. My Olympus cameras have a very rich color and I often need to tone it down a bit because it is so intense while my Panasonic (Leica) cameras tend to be just a bit green. i have learned to compensate for the differences using software because I just can’t haul all the cameras with me.

    Overall, I think the Olympuses give me the truest pictures, but the little Leica often surprises me and gives me much better pictures than I expect from it. My “big” Panasonic with the Leica lens gives a much paler color than the Olympus, but sometimes I like the way that looks. As long as the pictures are reasonably sharp, I can manage almost everything else with software. Becuase we can’t carry all the cameras with us. I would need someone to follow me around and hand me the right camera (and lens) for each picture, which would drive me nuts.


    • Good advice, Marilyn. I find myself leaning heavily on the software to make the photos what I want them to be. Sometimes the blue tinge works exceptionally well, especially for outdoor photos – in fact, the original “Ripples” (taken with the Nikon) has become my all time most popular photo on YouPic, and bumped me up significantly in the rankings. I’m quite a happy camper today.


  11. markbialczak says:

    Now that I went the spoiler route and read the previous comments first, I know it’s the Olympus that is taking the true-to-nature shots and the Nikon off-kilter with the blue tint.
    Yes, something must be done to get that more expensive puppy back on track, my friend. What that is, I am not wise enough to say.


  12. Dan Antion says:

    That’s quite a difference. I’m sure you’ll figure it out, CM.


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  14. Marc Beebe says:

    That is weird. I have a Nikon P610 (similar camera) and whereas the sensor definitely “favours” green-blue (they go a bit overboard filtering out infrared from what I can tell) it certainly doesn’t produce anything like that cyan cast you’re getting. If no one has messed with the adjustments then it’s obvious you have a defective camera and Nikon should make good on it!


    • I’m sure it’s defective. I had it in for repair under the warranty within the first few months (the USB connection stopped working, so I couldn’t download photos or recharge the battery). It always seemed to have a little too much blue after that, but now I’ve waited too long to get it re-repaired under the warranty. The first warranty issue was stressful enough.


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