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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.
1/5th sec, f/3.6, ISO 80
Unfortunately there is some camera shake in this shot which rather ruins the effect, but at ISO 80 there is no visible image noise and the picture should be sharp and clear.
1/5th sec, f/3.6, ISO 100
Only 1/5th of a stop higher, unsurprisingly this shot is also completely noise-free.
1/10th sec, f/3.6, ISO 200
Shot in RAW mode and converted using the supplied software, this 200 ISO shot is also noise-free, and if anything has even better colour and contrast than the 100 ISo shot.
1/20th sec, f/3.6, ISO 400
At 400 ISO there is some image nose starting to creep in, but the overall level of detail and colour rendition is still very good.
1/40th sec, f/3.6, ISO 800
At 800 ISO the RAW converter’s noise reduction has really kicked in, and some fine detail has been sacrificed to reduce the noise levels. However the colour and contrast are excellent and the shot would still make a good print.
1/80th sec, f/3.6, ISO 1600
At the maximum 1600 ISO, there is now a good deal of image noise and colour distortion, and more detail has been lost. Contrast and exposure are still good though.