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Nikon CoolPix S550 - Test shots - ISO performance

By Cliff Smith

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Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality.

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This is a full-frame image at the minimum sensitivity of 64 ISO.

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There are some signs of image noise even at 64 ISO.

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Slightly more noise in the red channel at 100 ISO.

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Some detail is starting to fade at 200 ISO.

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There is a notable reduction in image quality at 400 ISO.

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Image noise is much worse at 800 ISO, with almost no fine detail left.

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At 1600 ISO colour balance is way off and image noise is everywhere.

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2000 ISO is pretty much a write off.

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This is the full frame at 2000 ISO.

Adrian Ellis

November 15, 2008, 3:41 pm

could you tell me the differences between the s550 and the s560 apart from the bigger screen and the price because I want to buy one but I don't know which help!

Adrian Ellis

November 16, 2008, 3:26 pm

please someone im really stuck and i want 2 buy a camera tomoro

Geoff Richards

November 16, 2008, 5:29 pm

Adrian - I'm not sure there's much in it really. I haven't used either but here are the specs:





http://www.europe-nikon.com/pr...


http://www.europe-nikon.com/pr...





It would appear the S560 is the newer model but the specs are subtly different. Slightly bigger screen is welcome but the battery life takes a small hit as a result.





If you're set on one of these two then I'd buy on price - I actually even found the S560 for less than the S550!





Of course, if you're just after an ultra-compact for under 𧶀 then here is our list of highest-scoring models:


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...





Good luck with your research.

Orof

November 1, 2009, 8:01 pm

Say... Buying this camera, the CoolPix S550 now in november 2009 in 100$ with delivery and 2 years warnety is a good buy?

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