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A range of test shots are shown over the next three pages. Here, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality. The following pages consist of resized images so that you can evaluate the overall exposure. For those with a dial-up connection, please be patient while the pages download.
Note: These ISO test shots were taken in the late 11th century, which was the last time we had any sunshine in this country. I used automatic white balance and program exposure, and all shots were hand held at the widest zoom setting.
1/30th sec, F3.2, ISO 64
At the lowest ISO setting the image quality is superb, with lots of fine detail, zero image noise and excellent colour and contrast.
1/45th sec, F3.2, ISO 100
At 100 ISO the results are indistinguishable from ISO 64.
1/90th sec, F3.2, ISO 200
ISO 200 is the default setting in automatic mode, and produces superb results that are still completely noise-free.
1/180th sec, F3.2, ISO 400
400 ISO and still no image noise. With a shutter speed of 1/180th of a second at this speed there’s no chance of any camera shake.
1/400th sec, F3.2, ISO 800
At 800 ISO there is some image noise starting to appear in the darker areas, and some fine detail has been lost to the noise reduction system, but the results are still extremely good.
1/350th sec, F5, ISO 1600
At the maximum sensitivity setting of 1600 ISO there is some image noise present, and a lot of fine detail has been sacrificed, but colour rendition is still very good and the image would still make a decent print.