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For comparison purposes we chose two of our 'benchmark' digital cameras, the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (eight megapixel, 2/3" CCD) and the Canon PowerShot G6 (seven megapixel, 1/1.8" CCD). The comparison shots were taken at both the lowest sensitivity (ISO 50) and ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within minutes of each other. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. Crops at 100%. Ambient temperature was approx. 22°C (~72°F).

Nikon Coolpix 8400 vs. Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (ISO 50)

Camera settings:

  • Nikon Coolpix 8400: Aperture Priority, ISO 50, JPEG Large/Fine
    Manual WB, Default image parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom: Aperture Priority, ISO 50, JPEG SHQ
    Manual WB, Default image parameters, Self-Timer
Nikon Coolpix 8400
Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom
ISO 50, 1/1.5 sec, F5.6
ISO 50, 1/2 sec, F5
2,186 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)
3,557 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)

Overall tonal and color balance between these two cameras was quite similar apart from the rendering of pure red which on the Coolpix 8400 had a slightly bluer hue, on the C-8080 slightly more orange hue. Sharpness wise the C-8080's lens appears to be better at the edges and sides of the frame compared to the 8400, resolution wise the C-8080 does appear to continue to stand its ground delivering the sharper image with more detail.

Nikon Coolpix 8400 vs. Canon PowerShot G6 (ISO 50)

  • Nikon Coolpix 8400: Aperture Priority, ISO 50, JPEG Large/Fine
    Manual WB, Default image parameters, Self-Timer
     
  • Canon PowerShot G6: Aperture Priority, ISO 50, JPEG Large/Fine
    Manual WB, Default image parameters, Self-Timer
Nikon Coolpix 8400
Canon PowerShot G6
ISO 50, 1/1.5 sec, F5.6
ISO 50, 0.3 sec, F5
2,186 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)
2,659 KB JPEG (3072 x 2304)

This is a very interesting comparison, the G6 has a smaller CCD with fewer pixels and yet manages to resolve at least the same if not slightly more detail than the 8400. The overall feeling from the image is of better detail and sharpness, it's in line with what we discovered early about this 1/1.8" seven megapixel CCD, it's noticeably sharper than the older 2/3" eight megapixel unit.

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