Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Fujifilm FinePix S5500/5100 (4MP, 10x zoom)
  • Nikon Coolpix 4800 (4 MP, 8.3x zoom)
  • Canon PowerShot S1 IS (3.2 MP, 10x zoom)
  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2 (4 MP, 10x zoom)

Shots here are of the PIMA/ISO 12233 standard resolution test chart (more of which are available in our comparison database). This resolution chart allows us to measure the actual performance of the lens and sensor system. It measures the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions and enables us to provide a definitive value for comparison purposes. Values on the chart are 1/100th lines per picture height. Thus a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, settings all factory default. If possible aperture was selected for optimum sharpness. Exposure compensation +0.7 EV to +1.3 EV.

Fujifilm FinePix S5500 (1,772 KB; 4 MP) Nikon Coolpix 4800 (1,324 KB; 4 MP)
Konica Minolta Z2 (1,115 KB; 4 MP) Canon PowerShot S1 IS (1,273 KB; 3 MP)

Resolution Chart crops

Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Nikon Coolpix 4800 Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Nikon Coolpix 4800 Canon PowerShot S1 IS

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Fujifilm FinePix S5500 Horiz LPH 1200 1500 
Vert LPH *1250 *1600 
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Konica Minolta
Dimage Z2
Horizontal LPH *1150 *1350
Vertical LPH *1100 *1300
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Canon PowerShot S1 IS Horizontal LPH 1050 *1300
Vertical LPH 1050 *1300
5° Diagonal LPH 900 n/a
Nikon Coolpix 4800 Horiz LPH *1200 *1450 
Vert LPH *1250 *1500 
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a

* Moiré is visible
+ Chart maximum
LPH Lines per Picture Height (to allow for different aspect ratios the measurement is the same for horizontal and vertical)
5° Diagonal Lines set at 5° diagonal
Absolute res. Point at which all lines of a resolution bar are still visible and defined, beyond this resolution loss of detail occurs (below Nyquist frequency).
Extinction res. Detail beyond camera's definition (becomes aliased)
n/a Not Available (above the capability of the test chart)
n/v Not Visible (not visible on test results)

Excellent resolution - amongst the best results we've seen from any of the super zoom cameras, even those, such as the Kodak DX7590, with higher pixel counts. Perhaps not surprisingly, the results are considerably better than the S5500/S5100's predecessor (the Super CCD-equipped S5000, which boasts an interpolated output of 6 megapixels). The images are not the cleanest we've seen, with moiré visible at the very highest frequencies and some evidence of sharpening artifacts (though of course the sharpness can be turned down in-camera), but given the price and lens range of this camera, one cannot help but be impressed.