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Nikon CoolPix S610c - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

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 the full frame at the minimum ISO setting.

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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 in this 1/2 second exposure, but at least it'll take your mind off the image noise that is visible in this 100 ISO shot.

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Noshake this time at 1/4 of a second, but image noise is still visible.

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Slightly more noise at 400 ISO.

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By 800 ISO the level of detail has dropped considerably, and colour saturation is fading.

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At 1600 ISO almost all fine detail has gone, and the noise levels are much higher.

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3200 ISO is full resolution at least, but the image quality is not good.

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This is the full frame at maximum ISO.

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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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