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Compared to... Canon SX100 IS and Ricoh R8

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, Canon Powershot SX100 IS and Ricoh R8 at ISO 800.

Please note that the the DSC-H10 only has two aperture settings at any given focal length. Sony has told us that the aperture control only engages/disengages an ND filter. Therefore using a 'smaller' aperture does not alter depth of field, nor does it adversely affect image quality through diffraction effects.

Studio scene comparison @ ISO 800

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10: Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +1.0 EV compensation

  • Canon Powershot SX100 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Ricoh R8: Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H10
Canon SX100 IS
Ricoh R8
ISO 800, 1/160 sec, F8
ISO 800, 1/640 sec, F4.5
ISO 800, 1/620 sec, F4.2
2,823 KB JPEG
3,669 KB JPEG
3,666 KB JPEG

The image does not change significantly at ISO 800. As expected noise and its reduction increase at higher sensitivities but the manufacturers' approaches are the same. Canon and Ricoh preserve more detail with their subtle approach to noise reduction and have to pay for it with visibly more noise and artifacts. Sony is doing quite well in the balancing act between noise and its reduction. The images are visibly cleaner but also slightly softer.

It is a matter of preference if you prefer detailed noisy images over blurred noise-free ones or vice versa but in any case you would not want to use the ISO800 setting when shooting images that are to be printed on anything larger than postcard size.

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