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Canon Powershot SX100 IS Samples

8 Megapixels8 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringRuns on standard AA batteriesRuns on standard AA batteriesAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Here are sample crops from an artificially-lit scene at each of the Canon Powershot SX100 IS's ISO settings. When available, next to each of these crops, there is a crop from the Fuji Finepix F480 at the same ISO setting. Although these are both digital cameras with 8 megapixels sensors, they are not direct competitors because the SX100 has a much larger feature set, including a very different lens.

Images below are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras. The ISO sensitivity was set on the camera but white-balance and exposure were fully-automatic, not that there is a choice on the Fuji F480. The SX100 was left to its default settings.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Canon Powershot SX100 IS Fuji Finepix F480
Canon SX100 ISO 80
ISO 80
Canon SX100 ISO 100
ISO 100
Fuji F480 ISO 100
ISO 100
Canon SX100 ISO ISO 200
ISO 200
Fuji F480 ISO 200
ISO 200
Canon SX100 ISO 400
ISO 400
Fuji F480 ISO 400
ISO 400
Canon SX100 ISO 800
ISO 800
Fuji F480 ISO 200
ISO 800
Canon SX100 ISO 1600
ISO 1600

It appears that the characteristics of the 8 megapixels sensors used in both these cameras are similar. The main difference is that the Fuji Finepix F480 appears more aggressive than the Canon Powershot SX100 IS when it comes to noise-reduction.

Color and white-balance is very similar between these two models. Exposure was also similar but the F480's sensor delivers more dynamic range than the SX100's, so we had to dial in -1/3 EV on the SX100 to avoid blowing the highlights. The F480 was left at its default exposure.

Canon Powershot SX100 IS
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By Neocamera on 2008-02-13

Canon SX100 IS Highlights


Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 4mm

1/2.5" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

8 Megapixels Travel ZoomISO 80-1600
10X Optical ZoomShutter 1/2500-15s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
1.3 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesCustom white-balance
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSpot-Metering
2.5" LCD 172K PixelsStandard AA Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
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