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Compared to... Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak P850 and the Canon PowerShot S2 IS. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 50)

  • Kodak EasyShare P850 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot S2 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare P850
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
ISO 50, 1/40 sec, F5.0
ISO 50, 1/40 sec, F5.0
2,091 KB JPEG
2,067 KB JPEG

Although the Canon S2 IS has a slight advantage over the Kodak P850 in terms of detail and sharpness, the difference isn't huge, and certainly wouldn't be blindingly obvious in a standard-sized print. Viewed at 100% the P850 shows the same softness, and slightly 'over-processed' look characteristic of other Kodak EasyShare cameras we've reviewed. Noise is low in the Kodak image, but this is down to much more heavy-handed noise reduction, which will have caused some of the loss of very fine detail. The results are pleasing (showing typical Kodak color), the colors very saturated, but fairly accurate and the smoothness admirable, but there's just a lack of biting sharpness.

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