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Compared to... Sony DSC-H2

This year manufacturers have woken up to the fact that all the pixels in the world won't help an image shot in very low light that suffers from camera shake, and have started to include high sensitivity (high ISO) options to their new models. The H5 offers two new high ISO options; ISO 800 and ISO 1000.

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony DSC-H5 and the Sony DSC-H2 at ISO 1000.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 1000)

  • Sony DSC-H5 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1000, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Sony DSC-H2 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1000, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H5
Sony DSC-H2
ISO 1000, 1/1000 sec, F5.0
ISO 1000, 1/1000 sec, F5.0
3,293 KB JPEG
2,789 KB JPEG

At ISO 1000 it seems obvious that the H5 is having to use harsher noise reduction, though to be honest the difference between the two shots is marginal - the H2 shot is noisier but looks sharper, and you'd want to avoid using ISO 1000 on either camera unless you really, really, had to. Again it is worth pointing out that a couple of years ago it wasn't unusual to see this kind of output from lower pixel count cameras at ISO 400,. At least a print from these (if fairly small) would look like a photograph, which is much better than the apalling blur you get from cameras (such as the Panasonic FZ7) that use pixel binning to produce clean, but detail-free high ISO output.

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