Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Ken McMahon, August 2011
 
 

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

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To compare real-life performance when zoomed-out, we shot this scene with the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V, the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR 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 mode.

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

  Sony Cyber-shot HX100V results
1 Sony Cyber-shot HX100V Resolution
2 Sony Cyber-shot HX100V Noise
3 Sony Cyber-shot HX100V Sample images

The image above was taken with the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V with its lens at its maximum wide angle setting of 4.8mm (27mm equivalent). In Program auto mode the camera metered 1/2000th at f3.5, 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 (to avoid diffraction and maximise detail), for which the Cyber-shot HX100V metered a shutter speed of 1/1600. The original image file was 4.96MB. The crops are taken from the areas marked with red rectangles and presented here at 100%.

Overall the Cyber-shot HX9V image looks pretty good. It's well exposed, with good detail throughout the tonal range and no clipping of the highlights or shadows. The white balance is a little on the cool side for my taste, but well within acceptable limits. Moving on to the crops, the level of detail is generally good, but you don't have to look all that hard to find evidence of softness and lack of edge definition. In the first crop you can't quite make out the crosses on the chapel roof and the rocks in the foreground look a little indistinct. In the second crop you can make out the vertical white column of the lighthouse and the island on which it stands but again, it's a little blurry. The window frames of the houses in the foreground of this crop are quite well defined though.

What's interesting is that the detail in the next crop, from the edge of the frame looks almost as sharp as the last one from the centre and there's no evidence of chromatic aberration, on a lens with a 30x optical zoom range that's impressive, so we suspect some image processing is reducing the effect. Before we go to compare the Cyber-shot HX100V crops with those from the Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS it's worth noting that these crops don't look quite as clean and detailed as those from the Cyber-shot HX9V which shares the same 16.2 Megapixel Exmor-R sensor. Nonetheless, an overall excellent result from the Cyber-shot HX100V

Compared with the Fujufilm FinePix HS20, the crops from the Cyber-shot HX100V look quite clearly better. It's not that apparent in the first crop, though detail in the FinePix HS20 EXR looks a little fuzzier. In the lighthouse crop the Cyber-shot HX100V has captured sharper edge detail in the windows and roofs in the foreground and the same goes for the brick work in the third crop. The final crop makes for an interesting comparison; in this crop from close to the centre of the frame there's very little in it, if anything, the detail in the FinePix HS20 crop looks a little sharper. This suggests that it's the lens on the Finepix HS20 EXR that's the limiting factor rather than the sensor.

Compared with the 14.1 Megapixel Canon PowerShot SX30 IS the Cyber-shot HX100V crops stand up extremely well. In the first three crops fine and edge detail is better resolved on the Cyber-shot HX100V, the crops looks cleaner and sharper and are unaffected by the chromatic aberration that afflicts the PowerShot SX30 IS's lens at the edges.

Now let's see how they compare at higher sensitivities in our High ISO Noise results.

 


Sony Cyber-shot HX100V
 
Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR
 
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


Sony Cyber-shot HX100V results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise




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