Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon PowerShot S1 IS and the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10, chosen for its similar specification and pricing. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 50 and 400 for theCanon S1 IS, ISO 64 and 400 for the Konica Minolta Z10).

Studio scene comparison (S1 IS@ ISO 50, DiMAGE Z10 @ ISO 64)

  • Canon PowerShot S1 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • KM DiMAGE Z10 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Konica Minolta Z10
ISO 50, 0.3 (1/3) sec, F4.5
ISO 64 1/2 sec, F4.8
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There's not a huge difference between these two similarly specified cameras - colour, tonal range and dynamic range are very close, though the S1 IS has the edge by producing a slightly cleaner (less noise, less artifacts) image overall at ISO50. Looking at the very edge of the frame - see the watch and batteries - the S1 IS lens outperforms the Konica Minolta optic, producing sharper, less distorted results. Strangely the Konica Minolta actually seems sharper in the centre of the frame, though this may be due to the the default setting the DiMAGE Z10 using slightly harsher sharpening. The KM Z10 also has a touch more contrast and slightly more saturated colours, which has led to the loss of some fine tonal detail in the red flower.