Compared to... Canon S2 IS

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak Z740 and the Canon PowerShot S2 IS. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 80 and 400 for the Kodak Z740, ISO 50 and 400 for the Canon S2 IS).

Studio scene comparison (Kodak Z740 @ ISO 80, Canon S2 IS @ ISO 50)

  • Kodak EasyShare Z740 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.5 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot S2 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare Z740
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
ISO 80, 1/90 sec, F5.0
ISO 50, 1/40 sec, F5.0
2,067 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 1.1
Noise, std dev: 1.3

Although the Canon S2 IS has a slight advantage over the Kodak Z740 in terms of edge-to-edge sharpness, the difference isn't huge, and certainly wouldn't be blindingly obvious in a standard-sized print. Viewed at 100% the Z740 shows the same softness, and slightly 'over-processed' look characteristic of Kodak EasyShare cameras. Like the DX7590 we reviewed last year, there is a definite fall-off in sharpness towards the edge of the frame, though this is not very visible in many real world shots. Noise is low in the Kodak image, but this is down to much more heavy-handed noise reduction, which will have caused some of the loss of very fine detail. The results are pleasing, the colors warm but fairly accurate and the smoothness admirable, but there's just a lack of biting sharpness.