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Compared to Canon's PowerShot S40

For comparison purposes I chose the four megapixel Canon PowerShot S40, a camera aimed at the same market segment as the F601 Zoom. I also considered this an interesting comparison of the three megapixel SuperCCD sensor to a traditional four megapixel CCD.

Lighting - 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. All cameras set to aperture priority and preset white balance (taken from a grey card). Aperture chosen produced optimum sharpness from all cameras. Crops below are 'blown up' 200%, apart from the last which is at 100%.

Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom Canon PowerShot S40
ISO 160, 1/10 sec, F2.8 ISO 100, 1/13 sec, F4.0

Note that the PowerShot S40 image was taken at ISO 100 (for a fairer comparison), for a 'cleaner' ISO 50 image click here. The F601Z does stand up quite well to the four megapixel S40, there are several areas of the image where there is almost no difference in resolution. However, a closer look at the more detailed areas of the image (such as the battery labels / crown stamps) and we can see a slight advantage given to the S40.

That said the F601Z's three megapixel SuperCCD can clearly deliver more resolution than the equivalent traditional CCD (although not six megapixels worth!), it would be fair to say that the F601Z had resolution on par with most four megapixel consumer level digital cameras.

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