Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Samsung Digimax V700 and the 7MP Canon PowerShot SD500. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 50)

  • Samsung Digimax V700: Aperture priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.3 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot SD500: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Samsung Digimax V700
Canon PowerShot SD500
ISO 50, 1/60 sec, F5.4
ISO 50, 1/80 sec, F4
3,334 KB JPEG
2,719 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.0
Noise, std dev: 1.7

The first thing that strikes you when looking at the results from the V700 is that Samsung's engineers have thown everything they possibly could at ensuring the camera produces sharp results across the frame. The lens is obviously a decent enough optic, offering slightly better edge-to-edge sharpness than the Canon SD500's optic, but to my eye these results look a little 'over processed', with some fairly heavy-handed sharpening and a little too much contrast, but overall color balance is very good. Note that neither camera is capturing reds particularly accurately - the SD500 has typical Canon reds - very vivid and slightly over-saturated, whereas the V700 has less saturated but much yellower reds, which are actually very slightly closer to the original, but still far from accurate. It's also worth noting that, although the measurable luminance noise is not that different, the V700's image looks a lot noisier, mainly due to a lot more chroma noise, partly I suspect due to the excessive in-camera sharpening and low level of noise reduction. Whether it's a problem is for you to decide.

Ultimately, the difference between these results - and those from pretty much all 'P&S' 7 megapixel cameras is unlikely to make a significant visible difference to the final print - you're looking here at the actual pixels, which - to put it into perspective - represents the kind of enlargement you'd get if you produced a print over 40 inches high. I'm not convinced Samsung has quite cracked the image processing required to get the very most out of the V700's sensor, but if you're buying on a budget and want the level of control offered by this camera you might well be prepared to accept the very slightly over-processed, and slightly noisy results.