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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

Pentax Optio S6

City: 2.04MB, Auto, 1/250, f5.2, ISO 200, 6.2-18.6mm lens at 18.6mm (112mm equivalent)

Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm   Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm middle left crop   This shot of the city of London behind a pier on The River Thames was taken with the Pentax Optio S6, zoomed-in as far as it would allow.

Taken within moments of the other cameras, the shot here shows lower contrast in the background.

There's a good level of detail resolved, but noise levels are slightly higher than the others, despite the sensitivity being 200 ISO.

     
  Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm middle crop  
     
  Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm middle right crop  


City: 1.99MB, Auto, 1/200, f3.6, ISO 64, 6.2-18.6mm lens at 11mm (66mm equivalent)

Pentax Optio S6 at 11mm   This shot of The London Eye, was taken with the Pentax Optio S6 on a sunny winter's day.

Given bright conditions, the S6 selected its slowest sensitivity of 64 ISO, although revealingly there's still visible noise in the shadow areas of the crops.

There is however plenty of detail in the crops.

Pentax Optio S6 at 11mm lower left crop   Pentax Optio S6 at 11mm middle crop   Pentax Optio S6 at 11mm upper right crop  


Portrait: 1.63MB, Auto, 1/40, f5.2, ISO 200, 6.2-18.6mm lens at 18.6mm (112mm equivalent)

Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm   This portrait shot was taken with the Pentax Optio S6 with its lens fully zoomed-in.

The conditions were challenging, with a bright setting Sun just to the left. The S6 coped well with the exposure, although at 200 ISO, there's visible noise throughout the image.

Noise is a problem for cameras with physically small sensors like the S6, but is the price you pay for an ultra-slim model.
Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm left crop   Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm middle crop   Pentax Optio S6 at 18.6mm lower right crop  

Galleries continued...

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


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