Compared to (at 12MP)*...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji FinePix F810 at its highest 12MP setting and the 8MP Olympus C-8080 Zoom. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (Fujifilm F810: ISO80 and 400, Olympus C-8080: ISO50 and 400).

*Examples shown are from the FinePix F810 Zoom - see page 1 for details

Studio scene comparison (Fujifilm F810 @ ISO 80, Olympus C-8080 @ ISO 50)

  • Fujifilm FinePix F810 : Manual exposure mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance
  • Olympus C-8080: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Fujifilm Finepix F810
Olympus C-8080
ISO 80, 0.4 sec, F5
ISO 50, 0.5 sec, F5
4,359 KB JPEG
3,472 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 1.6
Noise, std dev: 2.3

Now this is something of an unfair test - pitting the 6MP F810 Zoom against one of the best 8MP cameras on the market, the Olympus C-8080 Zoom, a camera costing at least 50% more. Surprisingly the little Fuji holds up very well. Of course the lens on the Olympus outclasses the Fujifilm optic (especially as you move towards the edges). But the amount of detail being captured at the center of the frame (where the lens differences are least obvious) is broadly similar.

Compared to the 6MP mode, shooting at the 12MP Fine setting on the F810 shows two significant differences. Firstly the considerably lower compression means there are far fewer JPEG artifacts - good. Secondly, although Super CCD technology gets better all the time, there are still some strange effects introduced by the interpolation used to double the image size. These Super CCD artifacts are most visible in the crop of the playing card, giving a stepped look to the diagonal lines. Noise is still very low, and - to my eyes - the pictures look slightly less 'over contrasty' than the 6MP version. Certainly the JPEG and sharpening halos are much less intrusive.