Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Nikon Coolpix 5200 (5 mp, 3x zoom)
  • HP Photosmart R707 (5 mp, 3x zoom)
  • Samsung Digimax V50 (5 mp, 3x zoom)
  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-F88 (5 mp, 3x zoom)

Shots here are of the PIMA/ISO 12233 standard resolution test chart (more of which are available in our comparison database). This resolution 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. Thus a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, all settings factory default. If possible aperture was selected for optimum sharpness. Exposure compensation +0.7 EV to +1.3 EV.

Nikon Coolpix 5200 (1,546 KB; 5 MP) HP Photosmart R707 (1,825 KB; 5 MP)
Samsung Digimax V50 (2,277 KB; 5 MP) Sony DSC-F88 (2,065 KB; 5 MP)

Resolution Chart crops

Nikon Coolpix 5200 HP Photosmart R707
Samsung Digimax V50 Sony DSC-F88
Nikon Coolpix 5200 HP Photosmart R707
Samsung Digimax V50 Sony DSC-F88

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Nikon Coolpix 5200 Horizontal LPH 1400   *1650
Vertical LPH 1350   *1650
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
HP PhotoSmart R707 Horizontal LPH * 1400  1650 
Vertical LPH 1300  1650 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Samsung Digimax V50 Horiz LPH * 1450  *1650 
Vert LPH 1350  * 1650 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 
Sony DSC-F88 Horizontal LPH 1350  1550 
Vertical LPH 1300  1550 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000  n/a 

* Moiré is visible
+ 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)

The Coolpix 5200's ability to resolve fine detail is very respectable and excellent for such a compact point and shoot mode. The low level of default in-camera sharpening has produced very clean images - but images that need sharpening to make them really jump out at you.