Fanboy’s Lament

Started May 1, 2011 | Discussions thread
OP Humphrey Nash Senior Member • Posts: 1,178
Re: Fanboy’s Lament

Beshannon, you have a point. There is nothing "magical" about the Fuji 6500/31/30 sensor, although its highly regarded (at least in Fuji circles). It does seem to provide slightly better color and noise but as you correctly point out the difference are exaggerated at 100%. The Fuji may apply more in-camera sharpening giving it an apparent advantage.

My monitor is not calibrated nor is my eye so you may have the advantage.

Oly Canikon has a point that displaying the same size would narrow the differences. Up-rezzing the Fuji shows its resolution weakness. Down-rezzing the 10 mp images would also narrow the differences ... but not eliminate them.

The following comments, cherry-picked from DPR's review, reflect what I'm driving at. Why can't this excellent sensor be extended to perhaps 8 megapixels in an updated camera with image stabilization, better electronic views, better video, DR adjustments, etc.?

Although the S6000fd's output has a little of the classic 'Super CCD' artefacts look to it and is a touch over-sharpened, there's no denying that it is outperforming the Sony - which is fairly representative of the other 6MP super zooms on the market - by a considerable margin. Edge-to-edge detail is excellent, colors bright but natural and contrast excellent. It's interesting to note that the S6000fd actually produces output that actually looks better at 100% (as here) than the S9000 we tested last year (which has the same lens).

For the average user producing prints the S6000fd's ISO 400 output remains perfectly usable - and compared to most (if not all) of its competitors it's nothing short of amazing.

Just like the F30, the S6500fd's output at ISO 800 is considerably better than most of its competitors manage at ISO 400 - and some at ISO 200. To have a small-sensor camera capable of producing results that are perfectly usable at ISO 800 is a luxury we have rarely seen before, and something for which Fuji must be congratulated.

Although the JPEGs are a bit over-sharpened, and they don't quite match the F30, the S6500fd sets a new standard for resolution in a 6MP 'super zoom' camera, and out-performs cameras with one or even two million more pixels. There's little, if any moiré and only the merest hint of jagginess on 45 degree diagonals, and overall you can't fail to be impressed with a camera that really does squeeze the maximum detail out of 6 million pixels, across the frame.

It's worth noting that the unique design of Fuji's Super CCD sensor seems to lend itself very well to shooting the standard resolution test chart, and SCCD cameras always score highly, but this result is only one test, and one that has only a passing bearing on 'real life' photography. Still, impressive stuff!

And in many ways the S6000fd doesn't disappoint; the resolution is excellent, and at lower ISO settings it puts many of the more popular 'super zoom' models to shame. At ISO 400 and 800 it is quite literally in a class of its own. The high ISO output might not worry the SLR manufacturers (the sheer scale of the difference in sensor sizes puts paid to that), but it is better than most competitors by a fairly wide margin.

Do not, however, be seduced into thinking that the 6.3MP pixel count puts the S6000fd at a disadvantage compared to its 7,8 or 10MP competitors; the resolution is one of the best of any 'super zoom' camera, and at ISO 200-800 the S6000fd retains far more detail.

Note, though, that this review was made in Dec 2006.

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