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Software (contd.) - RAW conversion

RAW Resolution

In most of our previous digital SLR reviews Adobe Camera RAW has been the clear winner in our resolution comparison, things appear to be a little different when it comes to the S3 Pro. To put it bluntly it appears as though (a) in the case of six megapixel output size the camera and Hyper-Utility2 produce the 12mp image first and then downsample, (b) both the camera and Hyper-Utility2 have better demosaic / processing / interpolation algorithms than Adobe Camera RAW which performs fairly poorly by comparison.

Six megapixel image size

JPEG from camera Hyper-Utility2
 
Adobe Camera RAW  

Twelve megapixel image size

JPEG from camera Hyper-Utility2
 
Adobe Camera RAW  

Noise


Standard Test Scene
Nobody would consider the S3 Pro's noise levels to be particularly high, however we did note that the different Hyper-Utility2 image conversion settings applied slightly different levels of noise reduction. Below you will find 100% crops from a series of images, the first image is straight from the camera, the next five are converted from one RAW image. As you can see Hyper-Utility2's "High Speed" conversion is almost identical to JPEG straight from the camera, some noise visible in shadows but nothing to be concerned about. After this the High Quality and Super High Quality settings apply gradually more noise reduction (at the expense of detail and a natural photographic look). Compared Adobe Camera RAW's noise reduction appears to struggle, obviously Fujifilm's noise reduction algorithms are quite a bit stronger.
  • ISO 800, 1/1.5 sec, F8.0, 1x RAW, 1x JPEG, Wide Dyn Range, Default settings, 6 MP
     
  • JPEG straight from camera
  • Hyper-Utility2: High Speed Conversion
  • Hyper-Utility2: High Quality Conversion
  • Hyper-Utility2: Super High Quality Conversion
  • Adobe Camera RAW: Default settings (Color noise reduction 25)
  • Adobe Camera RAW: Luminance Smoothing 50, (Color noise reduction 25)
JPEG from camera
Hyper-Utility2: High Speed Conversion
Hyper-Utility2:, High Quality Conversion
Hyper-Utility2: Super High Quality Conversion
Adobe Camera RAW: Default settings
Adobe Camera RAW: Luminance Smoothing 50
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