With the Nikon I shot raw. Here is the raw file with adobe standard adjustments.
|The basic raw file made into a jpeg with Adobe standard adjustments|
|Film file right out of the camera.|
If you had the Nikon camera do a jpeg file instead of a jpeg and used the Nikon Landscape setting this is the result.
|Nikon using landscape setting. |
And here is the film shot after I made two very slight adjustments to it in Lightroom.
|Film shot with minor editing in Lightroom|
|Nikon digital shot with a lot of editing.|
If you don't want to learn Lightroom and only use Apple's simple Photos app this is what you get.
|Film shot only using Apple Photos. Very very simple edit.|
|Nikon shot using Adobe standard jpeg and Apple Photos|
So what is the bottom line. Both photos are very similar and very good considering they were taken in full sun at mid day. To my eye on a high quality large monitor they are equal. A few things to consider.
- The Minolta camera is just as automatic as the Nikon. The Minolta is from about the year 2000 and the Nikon from 2015. But you can buy the Minolta for $30-50 dollars today on eBay. The Nikon about $600. The lenses on these cameras are both worth about $100. So $130 for the Minolta and $700 for the Nikon.
- The Minolta is about the same size as the Nikon and looks very similar. I prefer the looks of the Nikon just a bit, and the Nikon is a few oz. less.
- You can set both on auto and 85% of the time the pictures will turn out good.
- If you want to make adjustments on the cameras the Minolta is far and away easier to use.
- The Minolta viewfinder is far and away bigger and brighter. The Nikon viewfinder is very hard to use with manual focus. The Minolta is pretty easy, but no focus aids like my older Olympus. Both camera makers thought most people would use auto focus almost all the time.
- The Nikon has a complex menu system to learn. It does have a touch screen though so this particular model of Nikon is easier than most to adjust.
- The Nikon and the Minolta work very well to set on auto and just take pictures.
- The Minolta has buttons and switches for adjustments that are very intuitive and simple to use and learn.
If you have any film cameras left over from the film days, use them. Buy film. Kodak, Fuji, and a few others still make very good film that is easy to use. I mostly use mail order to develop and scan.