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Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Canon Powershot SX100 IS (8MP, 10 x zoom)
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (7.1MP, 10x zoom)
  • Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 (8MP, 10x zoom)
  • Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd (8MP, 18x 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).

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 SX100 IS (2,719 KB; 8 MP) Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (2,870 KB; 7.1 MP)
Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 (1,524 KB; 8 MP) Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd (2,643 KB; 8 MP)

Resolution chart crops

Canon Powershot SX100 IS Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd
Canon Powershot SX100 IS Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Absolute
resolution
Extinction
resolution
Canon SX100 IS Horiz LPH 1600 * 2075
Vert LPH 1575 * 2050
5° Diagonal LPH # 1000 n/a
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Horizontal LPH 1575 2000
Vertical LPH 1525 1950
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 
Sony Cybershot DSC-H3 Horiz LPH 1500 *1950
Vert LPH 1500 * 1975
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd Horiz LPH *1600 *2050
Vert LPH *1550 *2100
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)

The SX100 IS' resolution is very good for a 8MP camera, it is amongst the top performers in its class. Image output is not extremely sharp but clean from artefacts. There is very little moire at higher frequencies and a few jagged lines, although this isn't anything you would ever recognize outside the world of test charts.

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