Compared to... Fujifilm FinePix F50fd

The Fujifilm FinePix F50fd offers a higher resolution than the Canon SD850 and arguably has a more extensive feature set ('A' and 'S' modes) but we still thought a comparison would be interesting as both cameras are currently available at roughly the same street price.

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon SD850 IS at ISO 80 and the Fujifilm FinePix F50fd at ISO 100.

Studio scene comparison (SD 850 @ ISO 80 / F50fd @ ISO 100)

  • Canon SD850 IS (Ixus 950 IS): Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Fujifilm Finepix F50fd: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon SD 850 IS (Ixus 800 IS)
Fujifilm FinePix F50fd
ISO 80, 1/100 sec, F3.5
ISO 100, 1/64 sec, F4.9
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While the F50fd shows an amazing amount of detail, especially in the center of the frame, the gap isn't great, and the SD850 actually appears to have better edge / corner consistency. Ultimately in a print you're not going to see a huge difference between these two images (aside from Canon's rather intense reds).