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Compared to... Canon PowerShot S5 IS

We didn't have the Canon PowerShot S5 IS when we reviewed the H7's big brother a few weeks back, but we've got one now, so we can get a better idea of how these two similarly-specified models compare. The main difference is of course the lens; the H7 sports a 15x zoom (with a real wide angle) whereas the S5 IS sticks to a slightly less ambitious 12x range. We've included comparisons at ISO 80, 400, 800 and 1600 (the top setting on the S5 IS).

Note that there are extensive comparisons with other cameras in the DSC-H9 review here.

Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 80)

  • Sony DSC-H7: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot S5 IS : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H7
Canon S5 IS
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/40 sec, F5.0
1,884 KB JPEG
3,131 KB JPEG

Unsurprisingly the H7 produces output that is pretty much identical to the H9 (it's the same lens, same sensor, processor), so everything we said about that camera applies here. The comparison to the S5 IS (which we presume has the same sensor) is interesting. There's really not a lot in it when it comes to detail and sharpness; the Canon does a little better, especially towards the edges/corners, but its certainly not enough to make a difference to a normal print. The H7 has more neutral, less punchy color by default (the S5 IS has typical Canon vivid colors, with slightly over-heated reds), but with both cameras having plenty of control over saturation and contrast it's easy to tweak the output to suit your personal taste.

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