Compared to... Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7 and the Canon PowerShot S5 IS at ISO 1600. The DSC-H7 also has a (largely useless) ISO 3200 mode. Click here to see the full studio shot at ISO 3200.
- Sony DSC-H7: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.70 EV compensation
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon S5 IS
ISO 1600, 1/1250 sec, F5.0
ISO 1600, 1/800 sec, F5.0
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4,264 KB JPEG
At ISO 1600 both cameras are producing output that is frankly shocking, and cannot be considered suitable for any serious photographic work. Although by no means the worst ISO 1600 output we've ever seen (and marginally better than the Canon), it's pretty bad; the combination of noise and blurry noise reduction is an inevitable consequence of squeezing this many pixels onto such a tiny sensor.
Any regular reader will now be well aware that small sensor cameras (especially those with this many megapixels) struggle at anything much over their lowest ISO setting, and super zoom cameras have some of the smallest sensors of all. This means that high ISO modes on these cameras are always going to represent something of a compromise. As these examples show, that compromise is often pretty hard to swallow.
Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 8MP Digital Camera
with 15x Optical Image Stabilization Zoom
16GB 16 GB Sony PRO DUO Memory Stick / Card
for Alpha DSLR A230 A330 A380 A450 A500 A550 A850 A900 Cyber-Shot DSC G1 G3 H3 H7 H9 H10 H20 H50 H55 HX1 HX5 S750 S780 S930 S950 S980 S2100 T2 T20 T77 T90 T100 T200 T300 T500 T700 T900 TX1 TX5 TX7 Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 8.1 MP Digital Camera
with 10x Optical Zoom with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7S Digital camera - comp