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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 8800 vs. Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (ISO 50)

Camera settings:

  • Nikon Coolpix 8800: 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 8800
Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom
ISO 50, 1/1.8 sec, F4.9
ISO 50, 1/2 sec, F5
2,277 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 8800 had a slightly bluer hue, on the C-8080 slightly more orange hue. The 8080's image looks slightly sharper although there's not much in it (less than between the C-8080 and the Coolpix 8400).

Nikon Coolpix 8800 vs. Canon PowerShot G6 (ISO 50)

  • Nikon Coolpix 8800: 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 8800
Canon PowerShot G6
ISO 50, 1/1.8 sec, F4.9
ISO 50, 0.3 sec, F5
2,277 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)
2,659 KB JPEG (3072 x 2304)

Despite the extra pixels it's difficult to see any significant resolution advantage between the 8800 and the G6, obviously they're completely different cameras offering different features but it's still an interesting comparison. These results are 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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