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Compared to... Canon S2 IS

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak P850 and the Canon PowerShot S2 IS at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Kodak EasyShare P850 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot S2 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare P850
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
ISO 400, 1/250 sec, F5.0
ISO 400, 1/318 sec, F5.0
2,514 KB JPEG
2,454 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 the differences are greater - mainly down the amount of noise reduction Kodak has had to apply to what is obviously a very noisy image, resulting in the loss of most of the finest detail, and a very soft picture. We also found that the white balance - even when set manually as here - tended to go slightly 'haywire' at ISO 400, giving a distinct yellowish cast, especially in the shadows. This problem was fairly consistent in and out of the studio, and is something you need to be aware of when shooting at ISO 400 - the only real solution is to use RAW mode. On the positive side, there's none of the desaturation commonly seen when shooting at high ISOs on cameras such as this, and the pictures still look very vibrant, but the softness and lack of detail mean you will only be using ISO 400 if you intend to print quite small, or when you simply don't have an alternative.

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