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Nikon CoolPix S610c - Test Shots - Detail and lens performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

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.

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The usual test shot of the cathedral window to compare detail and sharpness with other cameras. See below for a full-res crop or click to download the full-sized version.

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The level of detail is quite low for a 10MP model, due to high compression.

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The 28mm wide angle lens doesn't produce too much distortion.

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Centre sharpness is pretty good...

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...but corner blurring is quite bad, and there is some chromatic aberration as well.

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James Thomes

October 17, 2008, 11:58 pm

"Even with the camera mounted on a solid tripod, the image stabilisation turned on and using the 2-second self timer to fire the shutter, the S610c still shows camera shake"


NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Apologies to Nikon! Image Stabilizers, Rule no. 1: when the camera is mounted on a tripod, the IS system must be turned off! It seems, cliff, that the blur was caused by non other factor than the IS, which was "fooled" by the steadiness of the camera.


Having clarified this, your reviews are great. Thanks!


Cheers,


James

Cliff Smith

November 3, 2008, 10:47 pm

I've used a great many cameras with image stabilisation, including optical, mechanical and electronic, and I've never found it necessary to turn the IS off when using it on a tripod before.

jolb56

January 11, 2009, 4:58 pm

Thanks a lot Cliff ! because I formerly had a Coolpix S6 and liked it, I was ver muchinclined to byuing Coolpix S610c But then I read your review and I think I am going to get the Panasonic TZ5. If you get my mail, what do you think ? I use my camera for my blog, but I also like taking nice shots. See my albums on my blog : http://jocelynes.canalblog.com...





Hope to hear from you. Have a beautiful year full of beautiful photos !


Jocelyne

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