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Compared to... Olympus SP-550UZ

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony DSC-H9 and the Olympus SP-550UZ at ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Sony DSC-H9 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Olympus SP-550UZ: Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H9
Olympus SP-550UZ
ISO 800, 1/640 sec, F5.0
ISO 800, 1/320 sec, F5.6
1,986 KB JPEG
2,979 KB JPEG

Once again it's hobson's choice; the SP-550UZ does a pretty good job of retaining high contrast detail (such as the playing card), but completely loses low contrast detail (check out the watch face), whereas the Sony output just looks indistinct all over. As mentioned earlier we're not suggesting that ISO 800 has no uses; for social 'snaps' in poor light when you don't want to - or can't - use flash (or when you really need to extend your flash range), but the lack of detail and obvious NR artefacts are going to seriously limit its usefulness for anything important.

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