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Compared to...

Here we will use our standard color and resolution charts to compare the Fujifilm FinePix F700 (6 & 3 mp), Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom (6 & 3 mp), Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom (6 mp), Canon PowerShot S50 (5 mp reference) and Canon PowerShot A70 (3 mp reference).

Note that because the F700 has an effective pixel count of three million (photosites) but a native image size of six million (pixels) we have had to compare the camera to both a three megapixel and five megapixel (as close to six as you can get for normal CCD's) digital camera.

Color Chart Comparison

Color charts are shot in daylight, Auto White Balance, +0.3 EV compensation (apart from the HP 935 which has +0.5 EV compensation). All cameras are given 20 seconds for their white balance systems to settle before the shot is taken (often we will take up to eight shots and select the 'average' AWB result).

Fujifilm FinePix F700 Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom
Canon PowerShot S50 Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom

In the table below we're only measuring color. The RGB values were measured from a VGA reduced image (to average colors, remove noise and eliminate JPEG artifacts) using the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop with a 5 by 5 Average Sample Size.

Patch Fujifilm
FinePix F700
Fujifilm
FinePix S5000 Zoom
Canon
PowerShot S50
Fujifilm
FinePix S602 Zoom
Black 19,24,25 22,26,24 33,34,34 25,25,25
Middle Gray 105,110,116 102,109,114 96,100,103 100,104,109
White 223,228,232 218,225,228 207,209,210 207,214,218
Magenta 252,50,156 243,55,139 200,44,119 217,53,119
Red 251,44,52 242,48,45 197,36,47 225,47,36
Yellow 228,217,54 221,208,53 203,193,24 225,200,65
Green 2,163,63 8,155,68 9,135,70 18,145,82
Cyan 0,189,209 0,184,221 6,144,213 0,168,219
Blue 35,40,140 46,48,127 29,41,109 42,48,131

"All neon like" to quote an icelandic singer. Both the FinePix F700 and S5000 deliver almost identical color response, and both have far too much saturation of the red channel on the magenta and red patches. This will undoubtedly lead to over-saturated reds for bright red objects such as a red rose in sunlight.

Resolution Comparison

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. So a value of 8 equates to 800 lines per picture height.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, all settings factory default. Exposure compensation +0.7 EV for all cameras (to compensate for the white background). Click on the camera name below the crops to download the full resolution chart (large JPEG's).

Comparison: Six megapixel (SuperCCD) vs. Five megapixel

Horizontal resolution Vertical resolution 5 degree diagonal res.
Fujifilm FinePix F700 @ 6 mp (1,356 KB)
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom @ 6 mp (1,460 KB)
Canon PowerShot S50 (2,011 KB)
Fujifilm FinePix S602 Zoom (2,365 KB)

Comparison: Three megapixel (SuperCCD) vs. Three megapixel

Horizontal resolution Vertical resolution 5 degree diagonal res.
Fujifilm FinePix F700 @ 3 mp (768 KB)
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom @ 3 mp (814 KB)
Canon PowerShot A70 (1,196 KB)

Measurable findings (three measurements taken for each camera)

Camera Measurement Absolute Res. Extinction Res.
Fujifilm FinePix F700
(@ 6mp)
Horizontal LPH 1350  * 1650 
Vertical LPH 1200  * 1650 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Z
(@ 6mp)
Horizontal LPH 1100  * 1300 
Vertical LPH * 1000  * 1300 
5° Diagonal LPH * 900  * 1000 
Canon PowerShot S50 Horizontal LPH 1450  * 1650 
Vertical LPH 1350  * 1700 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Canon PowerShot A70 Horizontal LPH * 1100  1300 
Vertical LPH 1000  * 1300 
5° Diagonal LPH # 900  n/a 

* Moiré is visible, + Chart maximum, # Jagged diagonals

Definition of terms

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 Resolution Still defined detail (below Nyquist frequency*)
Extinction Resolution Detail beyond camera's definition (becomes a solid gray alias)
n/a Not Available (above the capability of the test chart)
n/v Not Visible (not visible on test results)

* Nyquist frequency defined as the highest spatial frequency where the CCD can still faithfully record
image detail. Beyond the Nyquist frequency aliasing occurs.

The FinePix F700 puts in a good performance considering its effective pixel count, certainly higher than a traditional three megapixel CCD but not quite matching a five megapixel CCD. The F700 is therefore the first consumer level SuperCCD digital camera to deliver near to its maximum from the SuperCCD sensor (as far as resolution is concerned), although that is still a long way from the six megapixel figure we see marketed.

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