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Compared to... Sony DSC-H2

The 'super zoom' SLR-like fixed lens digicam market is increasingly crowded (though there aren't many with a 28mm wide end), and there are still plenty of current models with a 6MP sensor. Nearest to the S6000fd in price and spec is probably the Sony DSC-H2, which has the added benefit of an optical image stabilization system, but tops out at ISO 1000. Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji S6000fd and the Sony DSC-H2 each camera's lowest ISO setting.

Studio scene comparison (S6000fd @ ISO 100, H2 @ ISO 80)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S6000: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation

  • Sony DSC-H2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
Sony DSC-H2
ISO 100, 1/70 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F5.0
2,906 KB JPEG
2,650 KB JPEG

Although the S6000fd's output has a little of the classic 'Super CCD' artefacts look to it and is a touch over-sharpened, there's no denying that it is outperforming the Sony - which is fairly representative of the other 6MP super zooms on the market - by a considerable margin. Edge-to-edge detail is excellent, colors bright but natural and contrast excellent. It's interesting to note that the S6000fd actually produces output that actually looks better at 100% (as here) than the S9000 we tested last year (which has the same lens). Comparing the results would seem to suggest that the lens itself is the limiting factor; it works brilliantly with this 6MP sensor, whereas the S9000's 9MP sensor is simply asking too much of it.

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