Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the FinePix S9500 and the Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D) at ISO 1600.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 1600)

  • Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT): Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9), ISO 1600, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1)
  • Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI.
Fujifilm FinePix S9500
Canon Rebel XT
ISO 1600, 1/950 sec, F5.6
ISO 1600, 1/640 sec, F9
4,434 KB JPEG
3,746 KB JPEG

At the top end of the ISO scale the size of the XT's sensor starts to make a massive difference to noise, and the amount of noise reduction (which of course also removes detail). To be fair, there aren't any other bridge cameras that offer ISO 800 or 1600, and the S9000's results at ISO 1600 compare well to many of its competitors at ISO 400. They're too noisy for anything other than fairly small prints, but they are far from unusable.