S6500fd vs HS50EXR

Started Aug 19, 2013 | Questions
Dex
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S6500fd vs HS50EXR
Aug 19, 2013

Hello,

Has anyone any comparaison shots of S6500fd vs HS50EXR to compare image IQ (Landscape, portrait) ?.

I've the s6500 since 2007, still working except that the internal battery is dead since years.

I was looking at the HS50EXR to replace it (better AF, longer zoom) but having read threads on DPR (and one comparing IQ of the HS50 to a sony xxx of the age of my S6500 where the sony was the winner), seems that from the IQ perpective the HS50 is not at the level of bridge cameras that were designed nearly seven years ago.

Any advise from people who have gone to the HS50 after the 6500 will be helpfull :).

Thanks,

David

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Eddaweaver
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Re: S6500fd vs HS50EXR
In reply to Dex, Aug 19, 2013

The internal processing of the S6500fd wasn't as good as from the F31fd especially at high ISO. If the S6500fd is shot in raw the image can be processed to higher quality than what you would get from shooting just JPEGs.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=S6500fd+raw

There was a free tool called "s7raw".

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Re: S6500fd vs HS50EXR
In reply to Eddaweaver, Aug 21, 2013

Hello,

I've an old F11 as well which is better than the S6500 in low light.

My question is more related to image quality comparaison with the HS50EXR. Seems that the race to pixel count has been done against image quality.

Advise from any one who has or had both will be helpfull.

Thx

David

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In reply to Dex, Aug 21, 2013

The S6500`s Processing at LOW ISOs is actually better than the F30/F31/F11 so long as you set the sharpness to SOFT and do it yourself - then it would exceed the F series classics in image quality - this is the trick to the JPG engine ...........

Sadly to save sales of the "new" higher model S9600 they used the NR algorithms from the budget A series at ISOs above 200 in the 6500 (one of which even shared the F30 sensor, the A600 ), the 9600 got more NR too but if the 6500 had the F30 algos, the 9600 would have looked foolish at high ISOs ..... as you say, it can be recovered in RAW. the biggest crippling of the 6500 was the lack of a command dial in a camera user interface which was designed to have one

I would rate the IQ at base ISO In JPG on a par with the HS50 for resolution and in RAW higher as there`s less noise ro deal with ...... the lens is better quality than the HS50s and the images have more depth (they look more like XS1 or S100FS images) - where the S6500 falls down is DR, it`s usable but you have to be careful about clipping

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