5-Way ISO Fight

First published on: Tuesday, 12 September 2006

This effort by Gerd Gldenast certainly deserves a mention — a painstakingly-done, side-by-side image put together to compare the ISO100 and ISO400 performances of 5 cameras, namely:


  • Panasonic Lumix DSC-FZ30

  • Panasonic Lumix DSC-FZ50

  • Fuji FinePix S9000 Zoom

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

  • Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850



5-Way ISO100 and ISO400 Comparison
Go ahead and view a larger version of the images and read the discussion thread. What do you think of it?

My personal preference for the Top 2 digital cameras in the ISO100 series are the Panasonic FZ30 and, surprisingly, the Casio EX-Z850 — both show the highest levels of sharpness and “realistic” detail.

The ISO400 series is a different story — pretty much all of them show horrendous results, with too much smudging resulting in a “painterly” effect. The only exception is the FujiFilm Finepix S9000 — that’s quite an impressive ISO400 performance for a camera with a small imaging sensor.

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