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Compared to... Panasonic FujiFilm S8000fd and Lumix DMC-FZ18

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd, the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 and the Olympus SP-560UZ at ISO 800.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Olympus SP-560UZ : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ18: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Olympus SP-560UZ
Panasonic DMC-FZ18
Fujifilm S8000fd

ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F5

ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F4.5

ISO 800, 1/480 sec, F4.5
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2,830 KB JPEG
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Things start to look even more precarious at ISO800, with all the images showing both noise and noise reduction to an extensive degree. The Panasonic has smudged and smeared its way back to a smooth image, but one with no fine detail left. The red channel in particular has completely abandoned the concept of 'edges.' The Fuji has smudged much of the detail away and then appears to have sharpened the results. This approach gives a not-unpleasant grain to the image.

Unfortunately, the Olympus's struggle with its loss of contrast continues as sensitivity rises. Chroma noise is still well controlled but the image is starting to look unpleasantly washed-out. Luminance noise reduction has given a slightly blurred appearance, but it's the loss of color definition that detracts from the image most.

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