Compared to ...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji FinePix F10 and the 7MP Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700). We have included samples for the lowest ISO setting, and ISO 400 (the Canon's maximum). On the subsequent pages you'll also find ISO 800 and 1600 samples for the FinePix F10.

Studio scene comparison (Fujifilm F10 @ ISO 80, Canon SD500 @ ISO 50)

  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot SD500: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F10
Canon PowerShot SD500
ISO 80, 1/70 sec, F4.3
ISO 50, 1/80 sec, F4
2,967 KB JPEG
2,719 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.0
Noise, std dev: 2.1

Overall there's not a massive amount of difference between the Fuji F10 and Canon SD500 at their lowest ISO settings - certainly not enough to really show in a standard print. Looking more closely a few things become apparent. Firstly the F10 has a more subdued - and more natural - color palette (with none of the aggressive reds produced by the Canon), and has far better edge-to-edge consistency. It's also interesting to note how, despite the million or so extra pixels, the SD500 isn't actually capturing any more detail (and towards the edge the F10 is clearly superior - look at the battery and watch crops). The Canon image looks slightly 'crisper' thanks to Canon's more aggressive in-camera sharpening, but there's no denying the F10 has the edge here in terms of absolute image quality, producing results that are amongst the best we've seen from any compact camera, never mind a 6 megapixel 'point-and-shoot' model.