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A range of test shots are shown over the next two pages. Here, the full resolution image has been reduced in size for bandwidth purposes, and a crop (taken from the original full resolution image at Adobe ImageReady jpg quality 60) follows each image in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The next page consists of resized images (to Adobe ImageReady jpg quality 50) in order for you to evaluate the overall exposure.
In this normal everyday shot the overall exposure is good, but most of the highlights have been over-exposed and burned out.
The S5500 has a macro close focus range of 10cm, allowing excellent close-up shots with good depth of field.
The picture above shows the whole scene that was framed for testing ISO sensitivity and noise. The inset crop (taken from the full res picture) can be seen in the bottom left hand corner. Notice the purple fringing around the branches.
There is no visible evidence of pixel noise in this shot.
There is also no noticeable image noise. Exposure is reasonably accurate in this shot, although some highlight detail has been lost.
Even at ISO 200 there is very little image noise even in the shadow areas. The shot retains some detail.
At ISO 400 there is image noise present, most noticeably in the darker areas of the image, however it's not as prominent as with other cameras I have tested.