It was a good point: there were some minor differences in that the resolution on the Canon (if you zoomed in) was a little better and it's colour was more accurate (the sky colour should say cold & November).
The problem was that none of the images challenged any of the cameras, so all were effectively ok.
But what about more difficult conditions? Alas I haven't more interesting scenes taken with all three but here's some examples of what I think they'd show.
Firstly above is Hammersmith Bridge at night taken from the Thames on the Olympus Tough TG-1. I had so many problems getting the camera to focus and zoom and was twirling round and round in the kayak struggling with settings and in the end it was out of focus and noisy.
Compare that to the scene below taken with the Sony Nex-6 in Geneva:
This camera has a larger sensor than the Olympus and so there are more photons per pixel and better noise reduction - which means better night images.
So to take more challenging pictures you need a camera with more functions and abilities.
However there's no point having all those bells and whistles if it takes so long to configure each shot that by the time you are ready the moment has gone.
For the sailing photography course with Rick Tomlinson the key instructions were to set the exposure time to 1/1000th of a second and then watch, to be ready to pounce on the flighty image.
And the Canon 550D was ideal for that, as it was quick to zoom, focus and snap, capture the image:
At the other end of the time scale the Canon be set for exposures of 2.5 seconds and capture this celebration of the 5th of November, Guy Fawkes night:
But there's no point having the feature if it takes so long to activate that you miss out: user interfaces really do matter.
However, and this gets to the most important point, there's no point having a camera that can do fancy things if you don't know that it can.
My top tip is this: you can make your existing camera better without spending a dollar if you:
READ THE MANUAL!!!
Then of course go out there and play.
Over on Windtraverler Brittany has been having some fun with the Dramatic settings on her Olympus camera. Apparently mine has that too - who knew? Well I guess if I'd read the manual I would have.
And if I'd read the Sony Nex-6 manual I would have known how to set the focus to manual when in the helicopter in Greenland.
But yes, some cameras really are better than others.
So, drum roll please, the JP's best camera awards go to.....
TO BE CONTINUED...