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Compared to... Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 and Olympus SP-560UZ

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd, the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 and the Olympus SP-560UZ at ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ18: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Olympus SP-560UZ : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm S8000fd
Panasonic DMC-FZ18
Olympus SP-560UZ

ISO 800, 1/480 sec, F4.5

ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F4.5

ISO 800, 1/800 sec, F4.5
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Things start to look even more precarious at ISO800, with all the images showing both noise and noise reduction to an extensive degree. The Panasonic has smudged and smeared its way back to a smooth image, but one with no fine detail left. The red channel in particular has completely abandoned the concept of 'edges.' The Olympus has had even more trouble, displaying more noise than the Panasonic but without any advantage in terms of retained detail. Noise reduction has obliterated the detail and contrast, yet still not completely suppressed the noise.

The Fuji does a better job of retaining detail but has done so by not trying to suppress the noise to such a great degree. In doing so it produces a patterned grain that is clearly visible without being too obtrusive. While not nearly as clean as the 6MP, Super CCD results from the S6000fd, these results are pretty reasonable, considering the long lens and small sensor disadvantages that the S8000fd has to overcome.

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