Fuji EXR-CMOS... you like?

Started Jan 5, 2011 | Discussions thread
vidrazor
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Re: Fuji EXR-CMOS... you like?
In reply to jaykumarr, Jan 6, 2011

where did you see the samples? link please..

All samples for the S9000 are here:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/fuji-finepix-s9000z-review-samples

All samples for the HS10 are here:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/fujifilm-finepix-hs10-review-samples

Unfortunately the thumbnails don't give EXIF info, so it's a bit of an Easter egg hunt to find similar focal length and base ISO, but these two are as close as you're going to get:
S9000

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/92934/sample-1?inalbum=fuji-finepix-s9000z-review-samples

HS10

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/363193/sample-09?inalbum=fujifilm-finepix-hs10-review-samples

Call up the full resolution samples in separate tabs on your browser, and bring 'em up to 100% (or download them if you wish). Then look at the incredible loss of detail in the HS10 image. Hideous! Look at the S9000 image. It blows the HS10 away. Totally. The S9000 was released in 2005! I believe the HS10 was released last year. The S9000 uses a CCD, versus the HS10's BSI -CMOS! Unbelievable!

I'm convinced the optic is at the center of that. Additionally, I believe the camera is processing the crap out of the image to try and compensate, and you wind up with, well, that! I can't begin to imagine what the HS10's RAW files look like.

While the S9000's lens is nothing stellar, it is at least very good quality. It can be further improved (as well as many other cameras and lenses) by using the delightful $25 PTLens program to correct for optical distortions if necessary. Most of the time it's not really necessary, however.

If you're not familiar with PTLens, you can find it here:
http://www.epaperpress.com/ptlens/

The bottom line is that Fuji has sadly deteriorated their top of the line hybrid by trying to win a zoom range battle, and losing the quality war. It will be interesting to see if the HS20 can regain some quality. The fact that it still uses the same lens tells me I shouldn't hold my breath. It's a shame, because I always thought that it could only get better than my S9000, and I was hoping as such in subsequent models. They got as far as the S9100, and that was the end of the line for really useful, very good quality hybrid cameras from Fuji. Shame.

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