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The wide format is also useful for taking photos of tall buildings, although the lens does cause some barrel distortion.
The telephoto end of the zoom range is equivalent to 130mm on a film camera, which is better than average.
The macro setting lets you get up close and personal, while keeping the backgound pleasantly blurred - reasonable bokeh as they say.
ISO 80: The lowest ISO setting is best for most photographs. It is completely noise free.
ISO 100: The image is still a lot cleaner than my car, and quieter too. Not as much fun to drive though.
ISO 200: A tiny amount of coloured speckling is appearing in the darker areas of the image now, but it’s still not too bad.
ISO 400: At the highest normal ISO setting, there is visible image noise right across the frame, but it is fairly well controlled and not much detail has been lost.
ISO 800: This high-speed setting is only available in 3 megapixel mode, and exhibits a high degree of noise. Avoid except in emergencies.