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Compared to... FujiFilm S8000fd

We have written in the past about how bad the performance of most compact cameras is above about ISO 1600 yet manufacturers keep adding ever higher sensitivity settings to their new models. Well this is the result.

Studio scene comparison (both cameras @ ISO 6400)

  • Olympus SP-560UZ: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 6400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

    Olympus SP-550UZ: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 6400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Olympus SP-560UZ
Fuji S8000fd
ISO 6400, 1/40 sec, F4.5
ISO 6400, 1/70 sec, F5.0
2,914 KB JPEG
2,906 KB JPEG

This is what your money buys you, if you let yourself get swayed by that 'ISO 6400' sticker on the front of one of the current generation of superzoom cameras. This isn't a problem unique to the SP-560UZ by any means. Just to underline this point, we have included the Fuji S8000fd's attempt. Both are the result of 'pixel binning,' whereby information from adjacent pixels is combined into one 'super pixel'.

The results, as you can see, would make most camera phone manufacturers blush, and to suggest that this is anything but a marketing gimmick would be charitable, to say the least.

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