Compared to... Olympus SP-500UZ

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak Z650 and the Olympus SP-500UZ at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 400)

  • Kodak EasyShare Z650 : Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Auto white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Olympus SP-500UZ: Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare Z650
Olympus SP-500UZ
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F5.0
ISO 400, 1/200 sec, F5.0
1,449 KB JPEG
3,830 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 neither result really impresses - the Z650 image looks soft (thanks to the strong noise reduction and fairly harsh JPEG compression), but retains its rich color (Kodak's strong point is crowd-pleasing color). The Olympus image - though showing more obvious artefacts - has retained detail better and looks a lot sharper. I doubt you'd see much difference between these shots in either noise or detail in a small print (6x4 inches), but you wouldn't want to push either to a much bigger print - the combined effect of noise and noise reduction is just too destructive.