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Compared to... Nikon Coolpix P5100

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji FinePix F50fd and the Nikon Coolpix P5100 at ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Fuji FinePix F50fd : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Nikon Coolpix P5100 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F50fd
Nikon Coolpix P5100
ISO 800, 1/1000 sec, F5
ISO 800, 1/470 sec, F4.4
4,726 KB JPEG
4,377 KB JPEG

ISO 800 was key to the FinePix 31fd's appeal for the simple reason that unlike pretty much all its competitors it was acutally usable. CCD based cameras have actually been getting slightly better at ISO 800, and the sheer size of the files means that at normal print sizes the output from the best of the current crop just about passes muster.

The combined effect of small improvements in conventional CCD output (remember that the P5100 is far from the best of its kind at high sensitivities) and the strain put on Super CCD by doubling the pixel count means that the gap has narrowed, but there is still a gap, and Fujifilm can still claim the 'best ISO 800' crown.

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