The 5-megapixel digital cameras reviewed in our July 2005 issue had widely varying image quality, with the Konica Minolta Dimage Z5 and Z20 showing the best images.
We took a photo of a standard test scene with each camera under controlled conditions, with the flash turned off and with the white-point setting at tungsten. All other settings were set at default. A panel of experts looked at a shot of our test scene from each camera on-screen and printed out on an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer and rated their color quality and clarity as Excellent, Very Good, Good, Flawed, or Unacceptable.
Click on each camera name for our review of that camera.
5-Megapixel Digital Camera Jury Tests
|Color Quality||Clarity—Detail||Clarity—Artifacts and Noise|
|Casio Exilim Z55||Very Good||Flawed||Flawed|
|Epson L-500v||Good||Good||Very Good|
|HP Photosmart M417||Very Good||Flawed||Good|
|Konica Minolta Z5 *||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Konica Minolta Z20||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Olympus C-5500||Very Good||Very Good||Good|
|Pentax Optio 5si||Very Good||Good||Flawed|
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* = Editors’ Choice.
[ Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Robert Ellis. ]