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Compared to... Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Although you're getting an extra million pixels, from a cost point of the view the H5 goes head-to-head with Canon's PowerShot S3 IS. In this section we have included comparisons at each camera's lowest ISO setting (ISO 80), ISO 400 and ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Sony DSC-H5: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Canon PowerShot S3 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H5
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
ISO 80, 1/80 sec, F4.5
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F5.0
2,743 KB JPEG
2,4187 KB JPEG

Pretty much everything we said about the H2 goes for the H5. Although it might look at first glance that the PowerShot S3 IS is capturing more detail, the differences all but disappear if you apply a little unsharp masking to the H5 image, when the H5's small resolution advantage is just about visible - I doubt you'd see a big difference in print. Once again, comparing the results from these two cameras and playing around with post-processing it's obvious that they produce remarkably similar results - certainly not different enough for anyone to be able to spot in a print. The only thing I would say is that the extra million or so pixels offered by the H5 does show the limitations of the lens, and there is definitely a small fall-off in sharpness as you move away from the center of the frame.

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