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Old May 17, 2004, 2:49 PM   #1
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I have both a Fujifilm S5000 and an S7000. One is of course a 3MP camera with a 10x optical zoom and the other is a 6MP camera with a 6x optical zoom. At maximum zoom range, whichcamera would get me closer to the action, a combination of opitical and software zoom (be it in camera orinPhotoshop later)on the S7000or a pure opitcal zoomon the S5000? I'm thinking the s7000, with twice the megapixels will let me get slightly more detail on a distant subject, am I right?
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Old May 17, 2004, 9:13 PM   #2
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Tough Question. When you look at the difference in zoom site the S5000 is quite a bit longer about 43% more zoom. When you look at resolution the S7000 has the S5000 by 48%. But when you look at only something like the highth of 2048 on a S5000 and 2848 on a S7000 you only talking a 28% difference.

Thinking in the above terms, although the S7000 does give you more cropping ability, I think an uncropped S5000 with a 43% more zoom would actually give you a closer and better image at full size than a cropped S7000 of the same area at the same distance.

If you had both it would be an interesting test.
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Old May 26, 2004, 2:29 AM   #3
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What you are looking for is called "figure of merit" and there is a pretty simple formula to determine which gives you more pixels on your capture. Here's a link where you can learn more:


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