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Nikon CoolPix S630 - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith

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Summary

Our Score:

8

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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. These ISO test images are shot indoors using reflected natural light for maximum consistency.

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This is the full frame at the minimum ISO setting.

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Image quality at 64 ISO is very good, but there is still a bit of colour motting visible in the green areas, and the red mid-tones are a bit blotchy too.

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Not much difference at 100 ISO.

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At 200 ISO the noise reduction is beginning to kick in, but the overall level of detail is still high.

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Very good results at 400 ISO, thanks to a well-tuned noise reduction system.

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Detail is starting to fade at 800 ISO, but the results are still printable.

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It's starting to fall apart at 1600 ISO.

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3200 ISO is available at 3MP. Colour is OK, but the detail is very low.

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Even worse results at 6400 ISO.

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This is the full frame at the maximum ISO setting.

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Isaac Sarayiah

March 14, 2009, 2:14 pm

Hi. Can you do a review of Nikon's P90 which has just been released?

jeff Falco

March 17, 2009, 9:55 am

so zenereffect what do you think about its competitor the olympus Stylus 7000

Guest

May 22, 2009, 8:11 am

small & black, sleek & stylish, lovely curves, easy to use...


very sexy camera baby, yeah!





HOWEVER, it shoots rather mediocre pictures. i was quite let down actually, especially considering it's a Nikon.





a significant number of shots are out-of-focus, even though the AF-assist locked-on to the subject, and despite the fact that vibration reduction and motion detection are both enabled.





also, what you SEE is NOT always what you GET. that is, frame composition does not match-up precisely with what is shown on the LCD preview screen; the resultant image file is often askew, from what was originally displayed on the preview screen. so framing a 'perfect' shot is hit'n miss with this camera. point... and hope for the best.





white balance is not always correct, especially when the flash is activated; there is often a slight greenish hue to flash pictures, kinda like the shot was taken under fluorescent lighting, without WB correction.





image quality (resolution) of the LCD preview screen is nothing to rave about either... but hey, i'm picky about those kinda things.





most important though - picture quality is not exactly stunning or anything, definitely doesn't live up to Nikon's otherwise high standard for great looking pics. the S630 is absolutely not what i was expecting from a Nikon camera... this Coolpix S630 is nice to look at, but it's beauty is only skin-deep. hard to believe that it's got all those megapixels and a Nikkor lens... yet, it takes 'OK' pictures.





OH, and did i mention... i'm disappointed.

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