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Compared to... Canon Ixus 750 (SD550)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Olympus SP-310 and the seven megapixel Canon PowerShot SD550 (Ixus 750) at ISO 400

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Olympus SP-310: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Canon PowerShot SD550: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Olympus SP-310
Canon PowerShot SD550
ISO 400, 1/250 sec, F5.0
ISO 400, 1/636 sec, F3.5
4,117 KB JPEG
3,472 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 the differences are much less distinct (save for the obvious difference in the rendering of reds). The SP-310 image still looks very sharp, but the noise reduction isn't terribly successful, meaning the Canon result again looks a lot cleaner. I'd like to see more subtle noise reduction and a little less sharpening on the SP-310 image, but it's far from unusable. Again the answer - if you're prepared to put the work in - is to shoot raw and do the noise reduction / sharpening yourself.

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