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Compared to... Sony DSC-H5

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Olympus SP-550UZ and the 7 megapixel 12x zoom Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H5. We have included samples at each camera's lowest ISO setting, ISO 400 and ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (SP-550UZ @ ISO 50, DSC-H5@ ISO 80)

  • Olympus SP-550UZ: Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 100, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Sony DSC-H5: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Olympus SP-550UZ
Sony DSC-H5
ISO 50, 1/25 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/80 sec, F4.5
3,712 KB JPEG
2,743 KB JPEG

Where the Panasonic FZ8's superior optics put the SP-550UZ slightly to shame, when compared to the Sony DSC-H5 (which is about to be replaced by the H9) it looks a lot more impressive, with better edge-to-edge sharpness and a much cleaner appearance (due in part to the strong noise reduction). The only area where the SP-550UZ loses out here is distortion and in its representation of reds, which still look very anemic.

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