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A range of test shots are shown over the next few 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.
1/240th, f3.4, ISO 100
At the minimum ISO setting the image is of course noise free, with lots of fine detail, excellent dynamic range and good exposure.
1/420th, f3.4, ISO 200
At 200 ISO there is still no image noise, and the picture is virtually indistinguishable from the previous one.
1/320th, f5.6, ISO 400
At 400 ISO some cameras would be showing significant image noise, but here the noise reduction system has only lost a tiny amount of fine detail and there is no visible noise at all.
1/550th, f6.4, ISO 800
At 800 ISO there is still plenty of detail, the shadows are still rich and dark, and there is only the tiniest hint of colour distortion, with no visible noise.
1/680th, f8.0, ISO 1600
1600 ISO was the maximum setting for the S9500. There is some noise visible, and the noise reduction has lost some detail, but the image is still very good, and the noise levels are still quite low.
1/1600th, f8.0, ISO 3200
At 3200 ISO we have a shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second at F8, enough to freeze any action and still get good depth of field. The image is probably too noisy to print, but not a total loss.