Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS resolution comparison


Canon PowerShot S5 IS results :
Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise


Canon PowerShot S5 IS results continued…

Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise

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  To measure and compare the Canon PowerShot S5 IS’s resolving power we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival compacts, each using their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings. Each camera was tested at every aperture setting and the best result selected for this page.

The crops are taken from the original images, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

In terms of resolving power, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS delivers 1750 and 1900 lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution respectively. This places it higher than the Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd and the Olympus SP-550UZ, but comfortably below that of arch-rival, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 in this particular test.

As its biggest rival, we’ve also used the FZ18 for our outdoor resolution and real-life noise tests, so for the complete picture on their respective performance, be sure to see all three of our results pages.

So in terms of short-range resolving power under studio conditions, it’s a disappointing result from the S5 IS, but now let’s look at how it handles different sensitivities in our PowerShot S5 IS noise results.

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
1750 lpph, 6-72mm at 18mm f3.5, 80 ISO
2000 lpph, 4.6-82.8mm at 11mm f4, 100 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd
 
Olympus SP-550UZ
Olympus SP-550UZ - horizontal resolution
1600 lpph, 4.7-84.2mm at 11mm, f4, 64 ISO
1700 lpph, 4.7-84.2mm at 18mm, f4.1, 50 ISO
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
1900 lpph, 6-72mm at 18mm f3.5, 80 ISO
2000 lpph, 4.6-82.8mm at 11mm f4, 100 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd
 
Olympus SP-550UZ
Olympus SP-550UZ - vertical resolution
1600 lpph, 4.7-84.2mm at 11mm, f4, 64 ISO
1750 lpph, 4.7-84.2mm at 18mm, f4.1, 50 ISO
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