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Compared to... Canon Powershot SX100 IS

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Ricoh R8 and the Canon SX100 at ISO 1600.

Studio scene comparison @ ISO 1600  

  • Ricoh R8: Program mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation

  • Canon SX100 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Ricoh R8
Canon SX100 IS
ISO 1600, 1/570 sec, F6.3
ISO 1600, 1/1250 sec, F4.5
3,491 KB JPEG
3,634 KB JPEG

These images illustrate pretty clearly why there is not much point implementing an ISO1600 mode on a small sensor camera. There is a large amount of noise in both images and every last bit of fine detail has been blurred away by the noise reduction algorithms. On the Ricoh you can also see how the white balance processing at high ISOs produces very warm results.

If you want to use your images for anything 'serious' stay away from such high sensitivities on a compact camera as far as you can, the images won't be good enough for even very small print sizes.

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