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Studio scene comparison (vs. Nikon D70)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. All crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings:

  • Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 100, JPEG 6 mp/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Nikon D70: Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 D, Aperture Priority (F9),
    ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer

Fufjiilm FinePix S3 Pro @ 6 mp output size

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro @ 6 mp
Nikon D70 (6 mp)
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
ISO 200, 1/2 sec, F9
2,824 KB JPEG (3024 x 2016)
2,718 KB JPEG (3008 x 2000)

It didn't seem to make sense to compare the S3 Pro's twelve megapixel image output size to the D70, instead we've tried to provide as much a 'like for like' comparison (six megapixel mode). Here the two cameras are much closer, looking down the crops we can pick out one or two where the S3 Pro's SuperCCD does appear to deliver slightly more detail, but other crops where the D70 appears to do better. It would be fair enough to say that in this comparison at least the two are pretty much an even match. Color and tonal rendition was very similar between the two.

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