Compared to... (Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom)

Note that we chose to use the six megapixel image size from the S7000 for this comparison for two reasons (a) the S7000's effective pixel count is six megapixels, (b) it is difficult to show comparison crops between a five megapixel and twelve megapixel image. That said we have made a twelve megapixel shot available at the bottom of this page for those who wish to make the comparison themselves (there is a slight visible resolution advantage).

Studio scene comparison

  • Minolta DiMAGE A1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, JPEG Large / Extra Fine, sRGB (Natural)
  • Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 200, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, JPEG 6 mp, +0.3 EV Exposure Compensation
  • Lighting: Two daylight simulation continuous lights with softboxes
Minolta DiMAGE A1 Fujifilm FinePix S7000 Zoom (6 mp)
ISO 100, 1/60 sec, F5.0 ISO 100, 1/60 sec, F5.0
2,659 KB JPEG 1,604 KB JPEG

It's worth noting that despite the fact that S7000 is set to ISO 200 it has exactly the same exposure as the DiMAGE A1 at 'ISO 100'. From a resolution point of view the S7000 does appear to have a slight advantage, although I wouldn't have said it exhibits a full megapixel more resolution than the DiMAGE A1. It's also clear that both cameras have different color response (there was also a slight difference in white balance). The S7000 exhibits more noise than the DiMAGE A1 and stronger sharpening artifacts.

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