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Compact digital camera group test Gordon Laing, December 2005


 



 



For this group test gallery, we've presented three images from each camera. Each image was taken using the camera's Auto mode and its best quality JPEG settings. The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.


Canon PowerShot A620 / Fujifilm FinePix F11 / Pentax Optio S6 / Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1

Fujifilm FinePix F11

City: 2.89MB, Auto, 1/260, f4.9, ISO 200, 8-24mm lens at at 24mm (108mm equivalent)

Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm   Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm middle left crop   This shot of the city of London behind a pier on The River Thames was taken with the Fujifilm FinePix F11, zoomed-in as far as it would allow.

Like the Canon A620, the F11 in Auto mode chose to open the aperture to its widest position, but increased the ISO to 200 to allow a faster shutter speed.

Despite the open aperture, the crops are sharp and detailed, and there's little noise to worry about.


     
  Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm middle crop  
     
  Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm middle right crop  


City: 2.84MB, Auto, 1/300, f4.3, ISO 200, 8-24mm lens at at 18mm (81mm equivalent)

Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 18mm   This shot of The London Eye, was taken with the Fujifilm FinePix F11 on a sunny winter's day.

As before, the F11 has opted to open the aperture and set the ISO to 200 to allow a faster shutter speed and avoid potential camera shake.

Again this has been done with little compromise to quality. The crops are detailed and there's only a little noise visible in shadow areas.

Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 18mm lower left crop   Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 18mm middle crop   Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 18mm upper right crop  


Portrait: 2.81MB, Auto, 1/4, f4.9, ISO 800, 8-24mm lens at at 24mm (108mm equivalent)

Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm   Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm upper left crop   This portrait shot was taken using the Fujifilm FinePix F11.

It demonstrates the F11's ability to take photos in dim conditions without the need for a flash.

The F11 has increased its sensitivity to 800 ISO for this shot, although it could have gone to 1600 ISO and given us a quicker shutter speed.

Either way, noise levels are surprisingly low for 800 ISO and it's very useful to have this flexibility.


     
  Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm middle crop  
     
  Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm lower middle crop  

Galleries continued...

Canon PowerShot A620 / Fujifilm FinePix F11 / Pentax Optio S6 / Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1


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