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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Ken McMahon, October 2011
 
 

Fujfilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Sony Cyber-shot HX100V vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Noise

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  Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
1 FinePix HS20 EXR Resolution
2 FinePix HS20 EXR Noise
3 FinePix HS20 EXR Noise Reduction
4 FinePix HS20 EXR Sample images

To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR, the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V, and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.

All three cameras were set to Program auto exposure mode and the lenses were set to approximately the same field of view, around 4.8mm to match the widest available focal length on the Cyber-shot HX100V. The ISO sensitivity was set manually.


The above shot was taken with the the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR in Program auto mode. The lens was zoomed in a little to a focal length of 5mm (28mm equivalent), the sensitivity was set to 100 ISO and the exposure was 1/3rd of a second at f3.2. The crops are taken from the area marked with the red square and presented below at 100%.

Possibly as a consequence of its unconventional sensor architecture, the crops from the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR look quite heavily processed from the off at 100 ISO. Detail in the stone pillar on the left is very soft, the edge is ill-defined and the wood panelling and brass plate looks very blocky. At 200 ISO there's the same lack of detail but the noise has increased appreciably. At 400 ISO, though the crop looks more processed, the detail actually has a harder more defined look to it. Whilst close up these 100 percent crops look quite poorly defined it's worth noting that at less then 100 percent, full screen on a 15 inch laptop for example, at these lower ISO sensitivities the Finepix HS20 EXR images look perfectly fine.

At 800 ISO though, there's a decided step-change in quality and from there on, all the way up to the FinePix HS20 EXR's top full resolution sensitivity setting of 3200 ISO the noise has the upper hand. Having said that, it's only fair to point out that the HS20 EXR can go all the way up to an impressive 12800 ISO (at 4 Megapixels) should you need it. A better option, though, would be to switch to its Pro low-light composite mode. Although it works at half the Finepix HS20 EXR's full 16 Megapixel resolution, it produces very good result indeed. You could also try the EXR High ISO mode which doubles up photosites to improve their light gathering properties producing an 8 Megapixel image.

The Finepix HS20 crops hold up well in terms of degradation as the ISO sensitivity increases, at least to 400 ISO, but they start well behind the Cyber-shot HX100V crops at the 100 ISO base sensitivity setting. The 100 ISO Cyber-shot HX100V crop looks a lot cleaner and less processed than the FinePix HS20 EXR and it's the same story all the way up to 3200 ISO. However, while the Cyber-shot HX100V's Anti Motion Blur composite mode is full 16 Megapixel resolution, it doesn't look nearly as good as the 8 Megapixel Pro low-light mode on the Finepix HS20 EXR.

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS has a lower base ISO than the FinePix HS20 EXR, but even at 100 ISO there's a lot more detail in the SX30 IS crop. I'd even go as far as to say the result from the 200 ISO PowerShot SX30 IS crop is better than the 100 ISO crop from the HS20 EXR. From 400 ISO up, the PowerShot SX30 IS's advantage is less clear cut and it lacks the HS20 EXR's higher sensitivies as well as it's composite modes. But while it lacks the HS20 EXR's High ISO versatility, there's no doubting that at the low to medium sensititivities the PowerShot SX30 IS clearly outperforms the FinePix HS20 EXR.

But the HS20 EXR has some extra tricks up its sleeve in the form of its unqieu EXR modes, designed to enhance resolution or dynamic range, or reduce noise. Let's see how they perform in practice in our Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Noise Reduction results.


Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR
 
Sony Cyber-shot HX100V
 
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
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Pro Low-light mode 2500 ISO (8M)
Anti Motion Blur 3200 ISO
Low Light mode 2000 ISO
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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise / EXR Noise Reduction



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