Hs20EXR Vs s5700
I have always felt that one of the best small bridge cameras Fuji produced in the last few years was the s5700. Considerably cheaper than its bigger siblings the s100fs or the s200EXR the s5700 had a lot going for it. Very low ISO 64, a useful 10x zoom, full manual when needed, fast shot to shot times and a 7.2 megapixel sensor (CCD) type. The s5700 had a good color balance, with both standard and Chrome film simulations. Low light functionality was poor as the sensor became very noisy from ISO 800 up with significant noise at ISO400, although still well usable. VGA video was good and did the job ( better in fact than the HS20 which suffers from well published video woes). For a camera coming on 5 years old it still does a pretty good job.
Here’s an original review of the s5700.
|Fuji s5700 ISO 64 @ f3.5 – 1/40secEv 0.33 & Fl 63mmStandard Film Simulation.|
|Fuji s5700 – Same settings as above but Film Simulation = ChromeCropped.|
|Fuji s5700 – Chrome film simulationISO 64 @ f5 & 1/280 secEv 0.33|
|Fuji HS20EXR – ISO 200 @ f5 & 1/80sec Ev 0.00Standard (Provia) Film SimulationEXR RES Priority mode @ 8 mp.77mm F.L.|
|Fuji HS20EXR – ISO 200 @ f5 & 1/60sec Ev 0.00Astia film simulationEXR Res Priority Mode @ 8 mp41mm F.L|
|Fuji HS20EXR – ISO 200 @ f5.6 & 1/250sec Ev 0.00Astia film simulationEXR Res Priority Mode @ 8 mp56.7mm F.L|
So whats to be made from this comparison. Well firstly all the above shots were taken at the same time so the available light was identical as were the subjects ( boring but useful), with a heavily overcast sky, so light was dull.
Secondly at ISO 64 the s5700 does very well, and produced a very quiet (noise free) image. Color is good and focus is spot on. Both Standard and Chrome F.S gave good results. At +0.33 Ev the images are somewhat brighter than in the HS20.
The HS20 was used at ISO 200 to keep exposures close to what I was seeing in the s5700. The EXR sensor is remarkably noise free at this ISO whereas the s5700 at ISO200 shows a marked increase in noise. While the F.S Provia in the first image and Astia for the last two were used with the HS20, I still prefer the Chrome that was seen in the HS10 as well as the s5700. Color accuracy is better with Chrome, with Astia being close but not as vibrant. Focus is good with both cameras at low shutter speeds which was pleasing as shots at the 1/40 sec range tend to exhibit blur when hand held.
While it would seem that the HS20EXR may not be that big an upgrade from the s5700, dont be fooled. Noise control in the HS20 is very good right up to ISO 1600, and coupled with the long lens, its image quality will always be better than its smaller sibling. One of the unique qualities of the s5700 is the f13 aperture which makes for nice crisp bright daylight shots. I would like to see f13 on the HS20, it could make for some interesting images.
So if you have a s5700 and are planning to upgrade dont throw the s5700 away. Due to its small size and quick response its still a very handy little travel camera.
I still have my 5700 and still use it from time to time.
Its good for family snapshots when you only want something small in the travel bags.
The s5700 was on of the real success stories of the smaller bridge like compacts. It wasn’t much good over ISO400 but it was a pretty handy tool none the less, and I agree, for a 7.1mp camera it had pretty good image quality.
Stick with the HS20 though. Its a much more versatile camera and can do a lot more than the s5700, but it requires a greater knowledge/skill level of photography, so for some folks its a really big learning curve to getting the best out of the HS20.
If you want some comparisons have a look at the bigger groups of HS10/20/30 users on Flickr.
Theres a link to one of my groups on the Links page.
JuliusJuly 2, 2012 12:20 AM
I know HS20 is a great camera (or at least i really hope so )), but i only have a few keepers for now and it seems that HS20 respons is totally different than S5700. I was using S5700 for about 4-5 years now, exclusively in manual mode, with excelent results for a 120 euro (camera, bag, 4 acc, charger, 4 gb SD) and i was (and still am) surprised that a 400 euro camera produce such a mediocre quality photos…
The biggest problem i have right now is the low contrast photos in landscape photography (something like a fog all over, resulting washed colours). Yesterday i was on a walk with my HS20 and i start to make photos with every settings available, just to see if this camera can produce any good quality photos. And YES, i have some nice contrast and detailed photos. Too bad i didn’t writed down what settings i used for every photos. ) But it doesn’t matter, i will do it again as soon as possible.
Macro mode is excelent, indoor it’s ok too, but i am really dissaponted by the results of landscape or “in town” photography.
By the way, any good advices for landscape? simulation/tone/color/sharpness/NR? I usually use vivia/astia/tone normal/color normal (or low in some cases)/sharpness normal and noise reduction low.
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