Sony Cyber-shot H2 Review
Compared to... Canon S3 IS
This year manufacturers have woken up to the fact that all the pixels in the world won't help an image shot in very low light that suffers from camera shake, and have started to include high sensitivity (high ISO) options to their new models. The H2 offers two new high ISO options; ISO 800 and ISO 1000.
Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony DSC-H2 and the Canon S3 IS at ISO 800. If you would like to see the Sony's ISO 1000 result (which is slightly noisier) click here.
Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)
- Sony DSC-H2 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
- Canon PowerShot S3 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
ISO 800, 1/800 sec, F5.0
ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F5.0
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At ISO 800 the difference in Canon and Sony's approach to noise reduction is even more obvious, with the H2 image less noisy, but with considerably more obvious NR artefacts. That said, the H2 is producing results at ISO 800 that are just about usable for smaller prints if you really have to. Of course with a fairly fast lens and effective image stabilization there's less need to crank up the ISO to 800 or 1000 (which really is unacceptably noisy for most uses). Note also that noise gets progressively worse the darker the scene - this is about as good as you can expect.
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