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Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR Ken McMahon, October 2011
 
 

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR vs Sony Cyber-shot HX100V vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Resolution

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To compare real-life performance when zoomed-out, we shot this scene with the 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.

The lenses on each camera were set to approximately the same field of view and all three cameras were set to Aperture priority exposure mode.

The ISO sensitivity was manually set to the lowest available setting 100 ISO on the FinePix HS20 EXR and Cyber-shot HX100V and 80 ISO on the PowerShot SX30 IS.

  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

The image above was taken with the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR with its lens slightly zoomed in to 5mm (28mm equivalent). In Program auto mode the camera metered 1/800th at f5.6, however, because the aperture settings of the three cameras on test varied I used Aperture priority exposure mode so as to be able to compare results shot at the same aperture. In Aperture priority mode I chose f4 for which the FinePix HS20 EXR metered a shutter speed of 1/1600th. The original image file was 5.92MB. The crops are taken from the areas marked with red rectangles and presented here at 100%.

Generally speaking the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR did a good job with our test scene getting the exposure just right and producing a pleasing result with a good range of tones and good colour balance. Looking at the first crop, the detail looks a little fuzzy and blocky. The chapel is nearly half a Kilometre from the camera, so you wouldn't expect to see every detail, but the people standing outside aren't individually distinct and the stone wall as well as the rocks and grass in the foreground lack definition. In the second crop you can make out the lighthouse but, again, it's a bit fuzzy. It's also difficult to make out any defiinite edges in the foreground, the widow frames, which should have clearly defined vertical and horizontal lines, are particularly weak.

There's just a hint of chromatic aberration in the third crop from the frame edge which is adding to the edge definition problem, I'd expect to see a harder edge to the drainpipe and window frame here as well as between the bricks. On the crop from the centre of the frame it finally all comes together, though, and we can see excellent fine detail and cleaner edges.

The variation in quality from the centre to the edge of the frame is perhaps to be expected from a zoom lens with a 30x optical range, but the Finepix HS20 EXR seems to suffer more than most. Compared with the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V there are quality differences of varying degrees from crop to crop, but in all of the crops the Sony resolves more detail with better edge definition. The most telling differences are in the lighthouse crop, compare the windows and roofs in the foreground of this crop, in particular the second window from the left in the bottom left corner. The vertical bars of the window frame as well as the horizontal bar of the centre shash window are all distinctly visible in the Cyber-shot HX100V crop, but merge into a fuzzy blob on the FinePix HS20 EXR.

Compared with the 14.1 Megapixel Canon PowerShot SX30 IS the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR crops are again lacking the same definition. As with the Cybershot HX100V crops there's an overall sharpness and definition in the first PowerShot SX30IS crop that's lacking in the Finepix HS20 EXR one, but it's in the foreground detail of the lighthouse crop that the quality difference is most evident. To end on a high note, the FinePix HS20 EXR doesn't suffer from colour fringing to anything like the same degree as the PowerShot SX30 IS and in the final crop from the centre of the frame there's very little between all three results.

The Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR also lets you shoot in RAW, so to see how the quality compares to in-camera JPEGs, scroll down to the bottom of this page. Alternatively if you've aleady seen enough, head on over to our High ISO Noise results.

 


Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR
 
Sony Cyber-shot HX100V
 
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 80 ISO

 

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR: JPEG versus RAW

 
 
To test the image quality of the FinePix HS20 EXR in RAW shooting mode we took this shot with the HS20 EXR in Aperture priority mode with the image size and quality set to the largest 16 Megapixel resolution with Fine quality jpeg compression and RAW+JPG recording enabled. The lens was zoomed in slightly to 5mm to provide the same field of view as in our other image quality tests and the aperture was set to f4. The metering selecting a shutter speed of 1/1000th of a second at 100 ISO.

The crop on the left is from the JPEG image produced in the camera. To produce the other two crops we opened the RAF (RAW) file in the Raw File Converter utility supplied on CD with the FinePix HS20 EXR which is based on Silkypix. The RAW image was 'developed' and saved as an 8 bit TIFF and the crop was saved using the same Photoshop JPEG High preset as for all our other image quality crops.

The centre crop was developed using the Silkypix default settings and, if nothing else, shows what an excellent job the FinePix HS20 EXR's processing does to produce good quality JPEG images with the maximum amount of detail and sharpness possible. Using the default settings, the processed image produced by Silkypix is comparitively poor with much less detail. The crop on the right was produced by easing off the noise reduction and increasing the sharpness settings to try and squeeze a little more detail from the image, but the attempt proved unsuccessful, the third crop isn't actually all that different from the second one produced using the Silkypix defaults.

That isn't to say you couldn't get a better result from the Finepix HS20 EXR RAW files, perhaps with more time or different software, but from these results it looks like it's going to take considerable effort to improve on the camera-produced JPEGs.

Now let's see how the camera compares at higher sensitivities in our High ISO Noise results.


Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR:
in-camera JPEG
 
Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR:
RAW with SilkyPix
 
Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR:
RAW with enhancements
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO
f4, 100 ISO

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise
/ EXR Noise Reduction



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