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Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Canon PowerShot S80 (8MP, 3.6x zoom)
  • FinePix F10 Zoom (6 MP, 3 x zoom)
  • Panasonic DMC-LX1 (8MP, 4x zoom)
  • Kodak P-880 (8 MP, 5.8x zoom)
  • Olympus Stylus 800 / Mju 800 Digital (8 MP, 3x zoom)
  • Canon PowerShot S70 (7MP, 3.6x zoom)

Shots here are of our standard resolution chart (version one or two). This chart allows us to measure the actual performance of the lens and sensor system. It measures the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions and enables us to provide a definitive value for comparison purposes. Values on the chart are 1/100th lines per picture height. So a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height. (Note that on version two of our chart the vertical resolution 1000 - 2000 lines have been horizontally flipped but are otherwise identical). For each camera the relevant prime lens was used. The chart is shot at a full range of apertures and the sharpest image selected.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, settings all factory default. If possible aperture was selected for optimum sharpness. Exposure compensation +0.3 EV to +1.3 EV.

Canon PowerShot S80 (2,889 KB; 8 MP) Fujifilm FinePix F10 (2,938 KB; 6 MP)
Panasonic DMC-LX1 (3,382 KB; 8.3 MP) Kodak EasyShare P880 (4,123 KB; 8 MP)
Olympus Stylus 800 (3,356 KB; 8 MP) Canon PowerShot S70 (2,378 KB; 7 MP)

Resolution chart crops

Canon PowerShot S80 Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-LX1 Kodak P880
Olympus Stylus 800 Canon PowerShot S70
Canon PowerShot S80 Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-LX1 Kodak P880
Olympus Stylus 800 Canon PowerShot S70

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Absolute
resolution
Extinction
resolution
Canon PowerShot S80 Horiz LPH 1600 2000
Vert LPH 1700 * 2200
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Fujifilm FinePix F10 Horiz LPH 1650 +2000
Vert LPH 1750 +2000
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 
Kodak EasyShare P880 Horiz LPH *1550 *2000
Vert LPH *1550 *2000
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Panasonic DMC-LX1 Horiz LPH 1500 *1900
Vert LPH 1600 *1950
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 
Olympus Stylus 800 Horiz LPH 1750 + * 2000
Vert LPH * 1700 + * 2000
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a
Canon PowerShot S70 Horiz LPH 1550  * 1800 
Vert LPH 1650 +* 1900 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 

 

* Moiré is visible
# Jagged diagonals
+ Chart maximum
LPH Lines per Picture Height (to allow for different aspect ratios the measurement is the same for horizontal and vertical)
5° Diagonal Lines set at 5° diagonal
Absolute res. Point at which all lines of a resolution bar are still visible and defined, beyond this resolution loss of detail occurs (below Nyquist frequency).
Extinction res. Detail beyond camera's definition (becomes aliased)
n/a Not Available (above the capability of the test chart)
n/v Not Visible (not visible on test results)

Unsurprisingly the S80 manages a small increase in resolution over its 7MP predecessor, with a fairly clean artefact-free result. Interestingly both the Olympus Stylus 800 and Fujifilm FinePix F10 manage to outresolve it, but only by a smidgeon.

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