High ISO studio samples

The F10 is almost unique in the compact camera market in having usable high ISO settings. Below you will find a studio comparison showing the FinePix F10 at ISO 800 and 1600.

Note that the lack of any photographic control (oh for Aperture Priority!) means that the ISO 1600 shot has used an aperture of F8, which may cause some softening due to diffraction effects. We suspect that at a lower aperture setting the result would be noticeable sharper.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800 and ISO 1600)

  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F10
Fujifilm FinePix F10
ISO 800, 1/380 sec, F6.5
ISO 1600, 1/465 sec, F8
2,876 KB JPEG
2,800 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.9
Noise, std dev: 3.1

Although the ISO 1600 image is clearly noisy - and has clearly had some pretty hefty noise reduction applied - these images are surprisingly good. The ISO 800 image is still fairly sharp and detailed, and would put many a standard CCD camera's ISO 400 mode to shame (also see note above about aperture). At normal print sizes I think it's fair to say that ISO 800 is perfectly usable, meaning you can avoid using flash a lot more often. The ISO 1600 result is also surprisingly good, with measurable luminance noise that is also a lot lower than many CCD cameras manage at ISO 400. That said, there's obviously some fairly heavy noise reduction going on here, and we're beginning to lose fine detail. All-in-all you cannot fail to be impressed by the high ISO performance of the F10, which really can claim - for now - to sit in a class of its own.