Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the FinePix S5500 and the similarly specified Nikon Coolpix 4800. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (FinePix S5500: 64 and 400, Coolpix 4800: 50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (S5500 @ ISO 64, Coolpix 4800 @ ISO 50)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Zoom: Program mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, 0.3 EV compensation
  • Nikon Coolpix 4800: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, 0.3 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Fujifilm FinePix S5500
Nikon Coolpix 4800
ISO 64, 0.25 sec, F4.4
ISO 50, 1/3 sec, F3.5
1,919 KB JPEG
1,208 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.4
Noise, std dev: 2.5

Looking at the two images side by side it is obvious that broadly speaking they have a similar color and tonal rendition, with the more subdued (less saturated) results produced by the FinePix S5500 a little more natural than the 'poppier' Coolpix 4800 (though the FinePix S5500's images are slightly contrastier). More surprising is how much sharper and more detailed the S5500's results are as you move to the edges and corners of the frame. It is obvious looking at the images that the Fuji camera employs slightly more software sharpening than the Nikon, but there's no getting away from the fact that in terms of edge-to-edge detail and sharpness the S5500 is outperforming the Nikon Coolpix 4800 by quite a margin. Noise in both images is a touch higher than we'd like to see at the lowest sensitivity setting, but is unlikely to be visible in prints.