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Compared to the Nikon D100 (contd.)

Outdoor scene comparison (S2 Pro at 6.1 mp) - JPEG

The following shot is of Tower Bridge, London. I had to shoot the D100 first and then walk backwards a step or two before taking the S2 Pro shot to compensate in a slight difference between the D100's 1.5x multiplier and the S2 Pro's 1.5x. Crops magnified 200%.

  • Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro: Color/Tone/Sharpness: Standard, White balance: Sunny,
    Manual Exposure, Auto Focus, Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 lens, 6.1 mp/Fine JPEG
  • Nikon D100: Sharpening: Auto, Tone: Auto, Color Mode: I, White balance: Sunny,
    Manual Exposure, Auto Focus, Nikkor 50 mm F1.4 lens, Large/Fine JPEG

Note that this comparison was made at the S2 Pro resolution of 6.1 mp. This is to enable a fair comparison to the D100, to make the crops easier to compare and also because I believe the S2 Pro's 6.1 mp resolution will be the most commonly used. You can download a 12 mp version of this scene from a link at the bottom of this page. Note also that the S2 Pro was set to ISO 200 for fair comparison to the D100.

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro (JPEG) Nikon D100 (JPEG)
ISO 200, F8, 1/350 sec ISO 200, F8, 1/350 sec
2,472 KB JPEG 2,436 KB JPEG

Again we see sharper out-of-the-camera JPEG's from the S2 Pro, there may also be slightly more detail resolved by the S2 Pro, though it's marginal. The S2 Pro image exhibited a different handling of the colour green (I preferred it). There were only a couple of places on the entire S2 Pro image where I could identify some moiré.

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As I know the S2 offers slightly better resolution (just a small part of overall image quality) and slightly lower speed and practicality than the obsolete Nikon D100. The S2 also costs more than the D100. For my uses I would prefer the D70, and since it costs only half as much as the S2 and is more practical for me. The only real advantage of the S2 is very slightly higher image resolution, which to me is much less significant than all the other disadvantages.

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