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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.


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


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


Slightly more noise in the red channel at 100 ISO.


Some detail is starting to fade at 200 ISO.


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


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


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


2000 ISO is pretty much a write off.


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:



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:


Good luck with your research.


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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