Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Fujifilm FinePix S9500 / 9000 (9MP, 10.7x)
  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 (8MP, 7x zoom)
  • Nikon Coolpix 8700 (8 MP, 10x zoom)
  • Samsung DigiMax PRO 815 (8 MP, 15x zoom)
  • Kodak P-880 (8 MP, 5.8x zoom)
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ30 (8MP, 12x zoom)

Shots here are of our standard resolution chart (version one or two). This 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. So a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height. (Note that on version two of our chart the vertical resolution 1000 - 2000 lines have been horizontally flipped but are otherwise identical). For each camera the relevant prime lens was used. The chart is shot at a full range of apertures and the sharpest image selected.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, settings all factory default. If possible aperture was selected for optimum sharpness. Exposure compensation +0.3 EV to +1.3 EV.

Fujifilm FinePix S9000 (4,417 KB; 9 MP) Nikon Coolpix 8700 (2,179 KB; 8 MP)
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
(1,712 KB; 8 MP)
Kodak EasyShare P880 (4,123 KB; 8 MP)
Samsung PRO 815 (3,400 KB; 8 MP) Panasonic DMC-FZ30 (2,845 KB; 8 MP)

Resolution chart crops

Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Nikon Coolpix 8700
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Kodak P880
Samsung PRO 815 Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Nikon Coolpix 8700
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Kodak P880
Samsung PRO 815 Panasonic DMC-FZ30

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Horiz LPH 1800 2400
Vert LPH 1750 2350
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Konica Minolta A200 Horiz LPH *1650 *1900 
Vert LPH *1500 *1850 
5° Diagonal LPH #+ 1000  n/a
Kodak EasyShare P880 Horiz LPH *1550 *2000
Vert LPH *1550 *2000
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Nikon Coolpix 8700 Horiz LPH 1600  * 1900
Vert LPH 1500 1850
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Samsung DigiMax PRO 815 Horiz LPH 1550 * 2100
Vert LPH 1550 *2200
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 Horiz LPH *1750 +2000
Vert LPH *1800 +2000 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a
* Moiré is visible
# Jagged diagonals
+ 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)

As usual the Super CCD chip in the S9000 is producing excellent (class-leading) horizontal and vertical resolution results, though (as you would expect given the nature of Super CCD) diagonals look a little less impressive, with noticeable artefacts and some jagginess. Overall though you can't help but be impressed by the clean, detailed results.