F700 and S2 Pro

Started Aug 3, 2003 | Discussions thread
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Jonathan Usher Regular Member • Posts: 147
F700 and S2 Pro

While this is certainly not an "apples to apples" type comparison I thought folks may be interested in an (ISO 160) shot taken with the F700 in 6MP mode alongside the same scene taken with the S2 Pro (and a Nikon 24-85G lens). Both shots are direct from the camera (no add'l sharpening or color/contrast adjustments have been made). The two photos are at http://www.pbase.com/jusher/f700_images

Some initial thoughts on the F700 (after about a hundred shots): dynamic range does indeed seem quite strong. I've given the camera some challenging exposures with a mix of strong daylight and shadows and the vast majority of histograms are nicely spread between lowlights and highlights without big spikes at 0 and at 255 (on luminance).

Color seems very nice indeed on auto white balance (the setting used for both photos above).

Resolution seems ok for a 3MP camera. But it's not up to a 6 MP native CCD's resolution.

Images are quite sharp at the center but exhibit noticeable fall-off towards the edges.

Movie mode - not sure honestly how often I'll use this. But for those times I do use it, the results are very good. I take the output (which is a very high bitrate motion JPEG - about 1MB per second in 640x480 mode) and use Windows Media Encoder 9 Series to transcode to WMV 9 at 1-2 Mbps (resulting in savings of 80-90% of file sizes).

Speed seems quite good - especially from power-on to first shot, considering this is a camera that needs to extend the lens on power-on.

LCD is nice and sharp - used it in bright sunshine yesterday and it was fine.

Just some early thoughts... others also seem to be liking this camera based on the feedback on this Forum. Overall I am pleasantly surprised. Shame xD is so expensive (at least now) though.

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