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Compared to... (3mp)

It's always difficult to know what type of comparison to perform with Fujifilm's SuperCCD digital cameras, while we know that the sensor in the S5000 has a three megapixel effective pixel count its native image output size is six megapixels. Additionally Fujifilm's own marketing material often refers to the six megapixel image size (which I feel is rather deceptive to the uninformed buyer). Thus on this page we will compare the S5000 with a three megapixel image size (to a normal three megapixel digital camera) and on the next page with a six megapixel image size (to a normal five megapixel digital camera).

Studio scene comparison (at 3mp vs. Canon PowerShot A70)

Here we will be comparing the FinePix S5000 with an output image size of three megapixels to a 'normal CCD' three megapixel digital camera, in this case Canon's PowerShot A70. As you will note from the exposure values the A70 is more sensitive than its quoted ISO 50 producing almost the same shutter speed at F5.6 as the S5000 did at its rated ISO 200.

  • Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 200, Default Parameters,
    Auto white balance, Image size 3mp (2048 x 1536)
     
  • Canon PowerShot A70: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Parameters,
    Manual preset white balance, Image size 3mp (2048 x 1536)
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom Canon PowerShot A70
ISO 200, 1/7 sec, F5.6 ISO 50, 1/6 sec, F5.6
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Although I think it is fair to say that the S5000 produces as much resolution as the three megapixel A70 there is certainly no great advantage exhitted here of Fujifilm's SuperCCD design. Indeed if anything the A70's images are cleaner (less noise) with better dynamic range, see how much more highlight detail is visible on the spoons. The S5000's tonal balance is more contrasty than the A70 and color response is stronger, especially to reds.

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Studio scene comparison (at 3mp vs. FinePix F700)

Next we compare the F700 (SuperCCD SR) to the S5000 (SuperCCD HR) at an output image size of three megapixels. Note that these two cameras are very similarly matched (from an exposure point of view) however the S5000 does not have a manual white balance option so its shot was taken with automatic white balance.

  • Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 200, Default Parameters,
    Auto white balance, Image size 3mp (2048 x 1536)
     
  • Fujifilm FinePix F700: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 200, Default Parameters,
    Manual preset white balance, Image size 3mp (2048 x 1536)
Fujifilm FinePix S5000 Zoom Fujifilm FinePix F700
ISO 200, 1/7 sec, F5.6 ISO 200, 1/7 sec, F5.6
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As you can see the F700 delivers more resolution than the S5000, this is probably down to the difference in lens quality, it's much easier to make a compact high resolution three times zoom lens than the same with ten times zoom. It's also worth noting the difference in sharpening between these two cameras and also the 'roll off' in highlight detail (I hate to say it but the S5000 with its 'standard' SuperCCD sensor produces more pleasing highlights here).

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