Compared to... Canon PowerShot S5 IS
We didn't have the Canon PowerShot S5 IS when we reviewed the H7's big brother a few weeks back, but we've got one now, so we can get a better idea of how these two similarly-specified models compare. The main difference is of course the lens; the H7 sports a 15x zoom (with a real wide angle) whereas the S5 IS sticks to a slightly less ambitious 12x range. We've included comparisons at ISO 80, 400, 800 and 1600 (the top setting on the S5 IS).
Note that there are extensive comparisons with other cameras in the DSC-H9 review here.
Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 80)
- Sony DSC-H7: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
- Canon PowerShot S5 IS : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon S5 IS
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/40 sec, F5.0
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Unsurprisingly the H7 produces output that is pretty much identical to the H9 (it's the same lens, same sensor, processor), so everything we said about that camera applies here. The comparison to the S5 IS (which we presume has the same sensor) is interesting. There's really not a lot in it when it comes to detail and sharpness; the Canon does a little better, especially towards the edges/corners, but its certainly not enough to make a difference to a normal print. The H7 has more neutral, less punchy color by default (the S5 IS has typical Canon vivid colors, with slightly over-heated reds), but with both cameras having plenty of control over saturation and contrast it's easy to tweak the output to suit your personal taste.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 8.1 MP Digital Camera
with 10x Optical Zoom with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 8MP Digital Camera
with 15x Optical Image Stabilization Zoom
16GB 16 GB Sony PRO DUO Memory Stick / Card
for Alpha DSLR A230 A330 A380 A450 A500 A550 A850 A900 Cyber-Shot DSC G1 G3 H3 H7 H9 H10 H20 H50 H55 HX1 HX5 S750 S780 S930 S950 S980 S2100 T2 T20 T77 T90 T100 T200 T300 T500 T700 T900 TX1 TX5 TX7 Digital Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7S Digital camera - comp