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Compared to... Fujifilm Finepix S6000fd

These are the studio shots taken with the 8MP, 18X zoom FujiFilm S8000fd compared with that of the 10.7X zoom, 6.1MP S6000fd at ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd
Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
ISO 800, 1/480 sec, F4.5
ISO 800, 1/600 sec, F5.0
2,959 KB JPEG
2,906 KB JPEG

Noise and the effects of noise reduction start to make an appearance at ISO 800 in the S6000fd but the results are still much cleaner and more detailed than those the high-resolution S8000 is capable of. At print sizes, the S6000fd results would be virtually indistinguishable from the base ISO setting. The same cannot be said of the S8000fd which is starting to smear much of the detail away in order to keep noise down.

To be fair we're hardly comparing 'apples with apples' here - the S6000fd has a much larger sensor with fewer pixels, and Super CCD's abilities at high ISO (certainly on this chip) are well documented. It also has a physically larger lens with 80% less zoom range. We were just interested to see how much difference it would actually make, and figured you would be too. The S8000fd is actually doing a pretty good job for a camera with such a densely-packed sensor, and the results are usable for small prints, but it could be so much better if it had fewer, larger pixels (a comment you could cut and paste into virtually any modern compact camera review).

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