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Nikon CoolPix P50 - Test shots - Full-res crops

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, 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 to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


The level of detail is good, but no better than most other 8MP compacts.


The lens produces significant barrel distortion at wide angle.


Sharpness at the centre of the frame is good, if a little over-sharpened.


Corner sharpness is also good, but there is some chromatic aberration.


The lens produces slight pincushion distortion at the telephoto end.



October 9, 2008, 6:03 pm

This camera has endured itself to me through it's simplicity and thoughtful design. It does not have every knob but what it does have are the most essential and useful features organized into very logical menus and the shooting mode dial. The body is made up of solid polycarbonate material that typically finds it way into high end bike levers made by Shimano. Except of the lack of granularity (full stop adjustments) in the manual mode, I give it 5/5 stars.

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