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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 1600.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 1600)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ18: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation

  • Olympus SP-560UZ : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI

Note: ND4 filter (2 stops) used on all three cameras.

Fujifilm S8000fd
Panasonic DMC-FZ18
Olympus SP-560UZ

ISO 1600, 1/320 sec, F4.5 ND4

ISO 1600, 1/250 sec, F4.5 ND4

ISO 1600, 1/320 sec, F4.5 ND4
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At 1600 none of the results are particularly pretty with intolerable levels of noise and most of the fine detail smeared away by noise reduction. The Fuji's noise pattern has lost its innocuous, even appearance, and has started to look ugly and irregular. Meanwhile, the Panasonic's noise reduction has smeared the entire image whilst the Olympus has smearing, visible noise and a distinct loss of contrast. Essentially, although these cameras all have the ability to got to ISO 1600 (and higher), the usefulness of the feature is questionable. In fact we'd go as far as to say that as a feature it is totally pointless.

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