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Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Fujifilm FinePix F10 (6 MP, 3x zoom)
  • Canon PowerShot SD500 (7 MP, 3x zoom)
  • Sony P150 (7 MP, 3x zoom)
  • Nikon Coolpix 7900 (7 MP, 3x zoom)

Shots here are of the PIMA/ISO 12233 standard resolution test chart (more of which are available in our comparison database). This resolution 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. Thus a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, settings all factory default. If possible aperture was selected for optimum sharpness. Exposure compensation +0.7 EV to +1.3 EV.

Fujifilm FinePix F10 (2,938 KB; 6 MP) Canon PowerShot SD500 (2,415 KB; 7 MP)
Nikon Coolpix 7900 (2,348 KB; 7 MP) Sony DSC-P150 (2,681 KB; 7 MP)

Resolution Chart crops

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom Canon PowerShot SD500
Nikon Coolpix 7900 Sony DSC-P150
Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom Canon PowerShot SD500
Nikon Coolpix 7900 Sony DSC-P150

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Absolute
resolution
Extinction
resolution
Fujifilm FinePix F10 Horiz LPH 1650 +2000
Vert LPH 1750 +2000
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 
Canon PowerShot SD500 Horiz LPH 1550 1850
Vert LPH * 1700 +* 2000
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 
Nikon Coolpix 7900 Horizontal LPH 1500 + 1750
Vertical LPH 1500 1750
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 
Sony DSC-P150 Horizontal LPH 1500 1700
Vertical LPH 1500 1750
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a 

* Moiré is visible
+ 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)

Fuji's Super CCD technology has always been very good at capturing very fine high contrast detail, and the new sensor in the F10 (working with the lens, of course) takes things to a new high, producing one of the highest test chart resolutions we've ever seen from a compact camera. As well as outperforming all the 7 megapixel compact cameras we've tested to date, the F10 is also outresolving most 8MP models too - and with only the tiniest amount of visible moiré at the very highest frequencies. Very impressive indeed.

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