Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji FinePix F10 and the 7MP Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700) at ISO 400 (the Canon's maximum). On the following pages you'll also find ISO 800 and 1600 samples for the FinePix F10.
Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)
- Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
- Canon PowerShot SD500: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F10
Canon PowerShot SD500
ISO 400, 1/345 sec, F4.3
ISO 400, 1/636 sec, F4
2,898 KB JPEG
3,332 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.4
Noise, std dev: 3.8
At ISO 400 you start to suspect that Fujifilm's claims for the high sensitivity of the F10 are not entirely hollow - noise is visibly and measureably lower than the SD500, and there's certainly a lot more detail (standard CCDs this small need a lot of noise reduction at ISO 400, and this tends to obliterate fine detail). In fact noise levels aren't that much higher than many 5MP cameras produce at ISO 100. There is the slightest hint of the effects of noise reduction, but the new chip suffers none of the Super CCD artefacts introduced by the upsampling process used on all previous models, resulting in a much more 'photographic' image than we've become used to with Super CCD compact cameras.
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