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I've begun including links in our reviews to a Thumber-generated index page for the test shots. The Thumber data includes a host of information on the images, including shutter speed, ISO setting, compression setting, etc. Rather than clutter the page below with *all* that detail, we're posting the Thumber index so only those interested in the information need wade through it!

NOTE: Most of the sample images here were shot using the F410's maximum image quality/size setting. In this mode, the camera interpolates the images up to larger pixel dimensions than those of the SuperCCD sensor itself. In conjunction with the SuperCCD geometry, this produces the maximum amount of information for printed output, but when viewed pixel for pixel on screen, the resulting images look rather soft. When the images are resampled down to 3-megapixel dimensions though (2048x1536 pixels), they show acceptable detail for a typical 3-megapixel camera. - If you're considering this (or another SuperCCD) camera for purchase, you should really print the sample photos out on a high-quality inkjet printer to appreciate the level of detail present in its images.

Outdoor Portrait:

A good job overall, with excellent color, though details are slightly soft and image noise is higher than average.

The extreme tonal range of this image makes it a tough shot for many digicams, which is precisely why I set it up this way, and why I shoot it with no fill flash or reflector to open the shadows. The object is to hold both highlight and shadow detail without producing a "flat" picture with muddy colors, and the F410 performed fairly well.

The shot at right was taken with a +0.7 EV exposure compensation adjustment, about a typical amount for this shot. The highlights are fairly well held in check, although the midtone values look a little dark. You could arguably use the +1.0 EV exposure compensation setting, though I felt the highlights were a bit too blown out. I chose the Auto white balance as the most accurate overall, though it produced nearly identical results to the Daylight setting.

Skin tones look very good to my eye here, just a bit pink, but quite appealing. The blue flowers in the bouquet are rendered almost perfectly. (This is a very difficult blue for many digicams to get right, so the F410 does an excellent job here.) The rest of the color in the frame looks accurate as well, although the red flowers are a bit oversaturated. Resolution is moderately high, with good detail visible throughout the frame (though detail is only moderate in the shadows). Details are slightly soft throughout the frame however, and there's more image noise than I'd like to see in the shadows.

To view the entire exposure series from zero to +1.7 EV, see files F41OUTAP0.HTM through F41OUTAP5.HTM on the thumbnail index page.



 

Closer Portrait:

Better resolution and detail, no distortion from the lens.

Results are similar to the wider shot above, though this close-up shot required less exposure compensation. The shot at right has only a +0.3 EV exposure boost, which produces only slightly dark midtones, although the strongest highlights are again lost. The F410's 3x zoom lens helps prevent distortion of Marti's features. (Fixed focal length wide-angle lenses distort terribly in close-in portraits like this.) Detail is much stronger in this shot, particularly in Marti's face and hair. Details are just slightly soft overall, and image noise is moderate throughout the frame.

To view the entire exposure series from zero to +1.0 EV, see files F41FACAP0.HTM through F41FACAP3.HTM on the thumbnail index page.



 

Indoor Portrait, Flash:
Normal Flash
Default Exposure
Slow-Sync Flash
Default Exposure

Good intensity and coverage with the built-in flash, good color as well.

The F410's built-in flash illuminates the subject well, even at the default exposure setting. The 410's exposure compensation adjustment doesn't appear to affect flash exposures, as the default exposure at right was no different than one shot at +1.3EV. Overall color is good, though the background incandescent lighting produces an orange cast on the back wall, which spills slightly onto Marti's features. I also shot with the camera's Slow-Sync flash mode, which combines the flash with a longer exposure to allow more background illumination into the photo. In this mode, I felt the default exposure looked best, as the +0.3 EV adjustment produced a strong blue cast on Marti's face and the white shirt. The bright exposure resulted in hot highlights on the white shirt. The orange cast is much stronger in this shot, due to the influence of the room lighting.

To view the entire exposure series in the Slow Sync flash mode, see files F41INFSP0.HTM through F41INFSP3.HTM on the thumbnail index page.



 

Indoor Portrait, No Flash:
Auto White Balance
Incandescent White Balance

Color casts with both white balance settings, high exposure compensation required too.

This shot is always a very tough test of a camera's white balance capability, given the strong, yellowish color cast of the household incandescent bulbs used for the lighting. The F410's Auto white balance had a little trouble here, and produced a pink color cast. The Incandescent setting instead resulted in a strong yellow cast. Marti's skin tone is quite pink, as is her white shirt. The blue flowers in the bouquet are quite dark and purplish, a common problem with this shot.

ISO Series:
The F410 shows higher than average noise in general, and shows very high noise at both the 400 and 800 ISO sensitivity settings.

ISO Series
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800



 

House Shot:
Auto White Balance
Daylight White Balance

Pretty good color, although with slight warm cast, with moderate resolution.

Both the F410's Auto and Daylight white balances resulted in sight yellowish casts. I chose the Daylight setting for the main image, as the warm cast seemed just slightly less in the white house trim. Resolution is moderate, with slightly limited detail in the tree limbs above the roof and in the shrubbery in front of the house. Details are also quite soft throughout the frame, and show some jagged artifacts in the more finely-detailed areas.



 

Far-Field Test

Typical 3 megapixel resolution and detail, with a limited dynamic range, but great color.

This image is shot at infinity to test far-field lens performance. NOTE that this image cannot be directly compared to the other "house" shot, which is a poster, shot in the studio. The rendering of detail in the poster will be very different than in this shot, and color values (and even the presence or absence of leaves on the trees!) will vary in this subject as the seasons progress. In general though, you can evaluate detail in the bricks, shingles and window detail, and in the tree branches against the sky. Compression artifacts are most likely to show in the trim along the edge of the roof, in the bricks, or in the relatively "flat" areas in the windows.

This is my ultimate "resolution shot," given the infinite range of detail in a natural scene like this, and the F410 performed pretty well. This is an example of the effect I mentioned in the note at the top of the page: The interpolation used in the F410's maximum-resolution files makes them look very soft when viewed on-screen, even though the amount of detail present is very typical for a good 3-megapixel camera. - My usual comments therefore don't easily apply here, but suffice to say that the F410 captures a solid three megapixels worth of subject detail.

Dynamic range is a little limited, in that the camera loses all but the strongest details in the bright white paint surrounding the bay window, a trouble spot for many digicams. Detail is slightly better in the shadow area above the front door, but I'd still say that dynamic range is on the low side. Overall color is very good, and exposure is about right. However, image noise is higher than average. The table below shows a standard resolution and quality series, followed by ISO and a color effects series.

Resolution Series:

Wide Angle "Fine"
JPEG
2,816 x 2,120
F41FARL
2,048 x 1,536
F41FARM
1,280 x 960
F41FARS
640 x 480
F41FART


ISO Series:

ISO Series
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800


Color Effects Series:
The F410 offers Black and White and Chrome color options. Chrome mode raises contrast and saturation, for more vivid images.

Function Series
Normal
Chrome
Black / White



 

Lens Zoom Range

A typical 3x zoom range.

I routinely shoot this series of images to show the field of view for each camera, with the lens at full wide angle, at maximum telephoto (3x, in this case), and at full telephoto with the digital zoom enabled. The F410's lens is equivalent to a 38-114mm zoom on a 35mm camera. That corresponds to a moderate wide angle to a reasonable telephoto. Following are the results at each zoom setting.

Wide Angle
3x Telephoto
Digital Telephoto



 

Musicians Poster
Auto White Balance
Daylight White Balance

Slightly reddish color with the Daylight setting, but good overall results.

This shot is often a tough test for digicams, as the abundance of blue in the composition frequently tricks white balance systems into producing a warm color balance. The F410's Auto white balance fell victim to this trap, and produced a warm color balance. The Daylight setting was just a bit reddish (yet cool), but overall color looked best here. The blue robe looks nearly right, with only slight purple tints in the shadow areas. Resolution is moderate, and the embroidery of the blue robe shows good detail.



 

Macro Shot
Standard Macro Shot
Macro with Flash

A small macro area with good detail.

The F410 performed pretty well in the macro category, capturing a minimum area of just 2.86 x 2.12 inches (73 x 54 millimeters). Resolution is moderately high, with good detail in the dollar bill. The coins and brooch are very soft due to the short shooting distance. Color balance is just slightly warm, but not too bad overall. Glare from the surface of the brooch tricked the F410's flash into throttling down a little too much for the macro area, but that's generally good news, in that it means the flash can indeed be used up close. (On a negative note though, flash illumination is rather uneven when shooting at the minimum focusing distance).


 

"Davebox" Test Target
Auto White Balance
Daylight White Balance

Warm color balance, but good overall color.

The F410's Auto and Daylight white balance settings produced similar, warm images with slight greenish casts. Exposure is slightly dim, but the F410 distinguishes the subtle tonal variations of the Q60 target nicely. Considering the warm cast, the large color blocks look pretty good, albeit slightly dim. That said, the additive primary colors (red, green, and blue) are hot. The shadow area of the charcoal briquettes shows limited detail, with fairly high noise.



 

Low-Light Tests

Quite limited low-light capabilities, just barely sensitive enough for average city street lighting at night (only at ISO 800).

The F410's fully automatic exposure control and maximum exposure time of 1/4 second hamper its low-light shooting abilities quite a bit. In my testing, the F410 produced clear, bright, usable images only down to the one foot-candle (11 lux) light level at the 800 ISO setting. At ISO 400, images were bright as low as two foot-candles (22 lux), and at 200 ISO, images were bright only to four foot-candles (44 lux). Since average city street lighting at night equates to about one foot-candle, the F410's 800 ISO setting is just sensitive enough for city night scenes. Color is pretty good, but image noise is quite high. The table below shows the best exposure I was able to obtain for each of a range of illumination levels. Images in this table (like all sample photos) are untouched, exactly as they came from the camera.

(A side note: I happened to have an F410 along on a recent trip, and found that it actually did pretty well with city night scenes. It couldn't pull detail out of the darkest shadows, but well-lit street scenes came out quite nicely, despite the rather mediocre results on my in-studio low-light tests below.)

 

  4fc
44lux
2fc
22lux
1fc
11lux
1/2fc
5.5lux
1/4fc
2.7lux
1/8fc
1.3lux
1/16fc
0.67lx
ISO
200
Click to see F41LL201.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41LL202.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41LL203.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41LL204.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41LL205.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41LL206.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41LL207.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

ISO
400
Click to see F41LL401.JPG

1/ 8 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

Click to see F41LL402.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

Click to see F41LL403.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

Click to see F41LL404.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

Click to see F41LL405.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

Click to see F41LL406.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

Click to see F41LL407.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 400

ISO
800
Click to see F41LL801.JPG

1/ 15 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800

Click to see F41LL802.JPG

1/ 8 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800

Click to see F41LL803.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800

Click to see F41LL804.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800

Click to see F41LL805.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800

Click to see F41LL806.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800

Click to see F41LL807.JPG

1/ 4 secs
F2.8
ISO: 800




 

Flash Range Test

A dim flash, even at the eight foot distance from the target.

In my testing, the F410's flash was fairly dim at the eight foot distance from the test target, and incrementally decreased in intensity from that point on. Fuji rates the F410's flash range as good to 11.5 feet at wide angle, but only usable to 6.6 feet at telephoto. Since the shots below were taken with the lens at the telephoto setting, it's probably no surprise that even the shot snapped at 8 feet is rather dim. Below is the flash range series, with distances from eight to 14 feet from the target.

 

8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft 12 ft 13 ft 14 ft
Click to see F41FL08.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41FL09.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41FL10.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41FL11.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41FL12.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41FL13.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200

Click to see F41FL14.JPG

1/ 60 secs
F2.8
ISO: 200




 

ISO-12233 (WG-18) Resolution Test

Moderately high resolution, 1,100-1,100 lines of "strong detail," (depending on the line direction). High barrel distortion, but very low pincushion distortion.

The F410 performed fairly well for a 3-megapixel on the "laboratory" resolution test chart at its interpolated 6.0-megapixel resolution. It started showing artifacts in the test patterns at resolutions as low as 800 lines per picture height vertically, and around 650 lines horizontally. (Artifacts became very pronounced in the horizontal direction, especially around 800 lines.) I found "strong detail" out to at least 1,150 lines vertically, and around 1,250 lines in the horizontal direction. "Extinction" of the target patterns didn't occur until about 1,500 lines.

Optical distortion on the F410 is high at the wide-angle end, where I measured approximately 1.05 percent barrel distortion. The telephoto end fared much better, as I found only a half-pixel of pincushion distortion.(The average among cameras I've tested seems to be about 0.8% barrel distortion at wide-angle (still too much IMHO), and between 0.1 and 0.3% at pincushion at telephoto. The F410 thus did a bit worse at wide-angle, and a bit better at telephoto.) Chromatic aberration is low, showing only a few pixels of fairly weak coloration on either side of the res target lines, although it was a bit more pronounced in the lower right-hand corner. (This distortion is visible as a very slight colored fringe around the objects at the edges of the field of view on the resolution target.)

Resolution Series, Wide Angle
Wide Angle "Fine"
JPEG
2,816 x 2,120
F41RESWLF
2,048 x 1,536
F41RESWMF
1,280 x 960
F41RESWSF
640 x 480
F41RESWTF

 

Resolution Test, Telephoto
2,816 x 2,120
(Fine, Tele)
F41RESTLF



 

Viewfinder Accuracy/Flash Uniformity

A very accurate LCD monitor, though the optical viewfinder is somewhat tight.

The F410's optical viewfinder is a little tight, showing 80 percent frame accuracy at wide angle, and about 79 percent at telephoto. (Optical viewfinders are typically about 85% accurate, a figure that's still too low, in my opinion.) The LCD monitor proved much more accurate, showing 98 percent frame accuracy at wide angle, and about 99 percent at telephoto. Given that I like LCD monitors to be as close to 100 percent accuracy as possible, the F410's LCD monitor performs well in that respect. Flash distribution is fairly even at wide angle, with just a little falloff at the corners and edges of the frame. At telephoto, flash distribution is more uniform, but dimmer.


Wide Angle, Optical

Telephoto, Optical

Wide Angle, LCD

Telephoto, LCD



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