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Digital vs. Analogue Photos

When I was travelling, I tried to compare the photos taken by a digital camera and an original film camera, specifically an LC-A+. Why don't we play a little game by guessing which photos were taken by which camera? It's a face-off between the old and new!

This is taken by digital camera.
The film is fujichrome100 sensia

See! It’s easy to tell the difference! I know there are too many application- softwares can change your photos into a Lomo-style, but film shot with different ISO can get a totally different result, how can this can be replaced by just only an application-software?

The upper left corner︰64 TYPEII, the lower right corner︰CT PRECISA AGFA (E TO C)

These two are quite similar, but it is not difficult to guess.

Left︰KODAK ISO 200

You can get the answer without telling.

Upper part︰Lomo redscale 100

Quite similar, but not a difficult one.

Lower left︰Lomo Slide X-PRO 200 Lower right︰kodak Iso 200

These two have to take you some time.

The lower part︰pro 160s fujifilm

The film with a saturated colour, you can identify it easily!

Upper left︰64T TYPE II FUJIFILM (E TO C) Upper right︰CT PRECISA AGFA (E TO C)

(In fact in the original article, it was left, but I think it was just a typing mistake)

No doubt about it…


It’s the same film, it is impossible if you can’t guess it!


The more simpler one, the more difficult one…

Left︰Agfa Iso 400


Left︰64TYPE II

You look more adorable by taking you with film….


Still I need to explain it?

Left or right?

Left︰Agfa Vista 200

Still I have to explain?

Left︰Agfa 400

These two are a bit difficult…

Left︰Agfa 400

I have to say, the digital cameras are convenient, you can look at your result immediately, you can even take another one if your last photo didn’t take well, until you get the perfect angle, perfect lighting.

In fact, I love FILMS, but I can’t ignore the advantages of the digital cameras. I never want to change your mind and views on the digital photos and the original one, I just want you to know, using different films and cameras under different weather and exposure time, you can get the photos which are totally different from what you have seen! Love films, love every excitement!

The only thing I can say is, FILMS NEVER DIE! The Future Is Analogue!

The Lomo LC-A+ is known worldwide for its amazing features: automatic exposure, extended ISO range, and multiple and long exposure capabilities. Get your own Lomo LC-A+ now!

written by bigbird and translated by cy-lai


  1. emkei


    thumbs up! :)

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  2. laurasulilly


    Well, I have to say that some were a bit more difficult as you said yourself, but what you see very well in this article is that film shots look much more vivid and way more intersting than digital shots- I still agree that both ways have their conveniences (plus I really need to get another LC-A because I miss having a snapshot camera so much) :)

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  3. arigatomrrobato


    Great article! Gonna share this on facebook :)

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  4. hakimbo05


    AWESOME! like @arigatomrrobato,
    Im gonna share on facebook too!

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  5. exquisitenat


    Your pictures make me miss India!

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  6. vici


    Fantastic article!

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  7. bigbird


    Thanks all !!!!

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  8. gv


    Really excellent to have these side-by-side shots. It's not about "which one is the better picture". Instead it's about "which picture do I prefer to look at". Film every time.

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  9. jacobnperry


    Fantastic article, this is something I've always wanted to do, comparing the two mediums.
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  10. dunkeldegu


    Yes, digital and analogue have both their advantages, and it's cool to see that pictures side by side, but at special occacions, such as a friends wedding I will always stick to analogue.

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  11. radiactive


    Nice article!

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  12. radiactive


    Nice article!

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  13. vintage_heart


    Sweet article...

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  14. cutebun



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  15. mgf


    well written!

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  16. mateja


    Great article!

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  17. farbanomalie


    You completely forget that digital photos aren't "developped". Shoot Raw, step into the digital darkroom afterwards and you will get more pleasing results than flat and boring looking pics.
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  18. scarletmind


    wow! congrats for this article! it shows the difference very well :)

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  19. mikaya


    super article! very interesting

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  20. mtthwnvk

    As much as I love shooting film, I still love shooting raw. This article would be much different had the digital photos been processed by someone who has honed their craft in alien skin exposure or vsco. I'd be much quicker to argue the longevity and latitude of film images and film before color grading
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  21. t0m7


    Great article! X-Pro rocks so much!

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  22. dkformsma


    I don't necessarily agree with this article. Like others said; it's a whole different story when you shoot in raw. Let alone know how to properly use a digital camera.

    And what kind of digital camera did you use? Did you do any settings yourself or just shot the shots with the 'automatic' button?

    As much as I love film... I love digital just as much. They just serve different purposes.

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  23. kkpoon


    Films always look more Stereoscopic
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  24. chipmunk


    Funny an interesting article, allthough I must agree with @dkformsma

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  25. sarca


    I like both way. I really enjoy shooting with my DLSR even if analogue has its charm.

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  26. eva_eva


    Nice article! Film winssss! :)

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  27. wira_cihuy


    really inspiring articles, make me more love analogue :)))

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  28. myvitaminx


    i prefer instagram and some others apps in iphone nowdays.instant result :)

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  29. dazb


    Apply some "xpro" or "redscale" post-processing effects to the digital shots; or use a boring plain vanilla negative film for all shots and it will almost be a fair comparison! Or use Instagram/Hipstamatic/Digital Harinezumi to take the digital shots, then compare with film shots...

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  30. bytchfound


    FILM WINS! Though Digital is really convenient. :)
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  31. neurodiaz


    Film wins!

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  33. yokekei


    great article, love it.

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  34. weihsuan


    Quite an unfair comparison, most shots are cross processed - which of course results in high saturation, contrast and color shifts.

    Perhaps best to do comparison between color negatives and digital. both straight out from scanner/digital camera.

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  35. inine


    great article!!!

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  36. niko_fuzzy


    films & analogue FTW!

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  37. brandkow93


    Cross processing is basically the film version of photoshopping, you could obtain the same results. Although if you used un cross processed slide film and compared to uneditted digital films the film would win hands down. And if you compared Black and White film (not C41 process) with black and white digital then there would be no comparision film would easily win, same goes for infared films.

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  38. welland


    This is awesome thank you

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  39. welland


    To be fair even if he shot on a normal digital camera on auto thats still a leg up on the analogue camera.

    Im guessing the digital camera cost about £100, how much did the analogue one cost?
    The digital camera had made lots of corrections with light and focus whilst pressing the button. The analogue was (presumably) manual.

    So in effect they are both point and shoot.


    Every time.

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  40. easilydistracted


    I did something very similar on my blog, its so interesting to compare... the variations in film and cameras are so much more exciting than you get with digital.

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  41. trychydts


    A fascinating article.

    I have shot tons of picture in digital (with various Canon DSLRs, strictly in RAW format). When I do paid jobs, I usually stick to this medium for many reasons -- safety, convenience and cost-effectiveness are just three of them. I still have to agree with you that achieving the dramatic effects of film is still very difficult in digital. An analogue camera with one specific fim is much less versatile then a digital camera -- however, if you choose your film correctly for the given occasion, you can reach much better qualities. A digital photo is created from blue, red and green dots by algorithms; this technology still has a long way to go (something must have to be done with noise -- to mention just one of the inherent errors of digital picture). Analogue photography is much more sophisticated; if you wish to go for top quality, or digital is not really an alternative. If you want to go for dramatic effect, and do not mind to spend some money, analogue is the better choice for the point-and-shoot photographer.

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  42. hervinsyah


    David LaChapelle & Terry Richradson should read this =D

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  43. arielc

    For me, film wins. Why? It's a matter of what picture would I love to see the most. Of course, I love the fact that digital (in my case, a Nikon D3100) can bring me instant satisfaction (or a heartbreak!); but, even the best pictures taken with digital, side by side with analog pictures, are a tad boring to look at. Analog pictures, the best of them, can make me want to look at them over and over.
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