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Nikon CoolPix S710 - 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. These ISO test images are shot indoors using reflected natural light for maximum consistency.

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This is the full frame at 100 ISO, the minimum setting.

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At 100 ISO the image quality is pretty good, with lots of fine detail, but there is some noise visible.

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That strange patch of horizontal lines is there in the uncropped shot, and goes right across the frame. I have no idea what caused it, but it doesn't appear on any other shots. There is also more noise visible at 200 ISO.

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Noise is becoming a problem at 400 ISO, with detail lost in darker areas. Compare the tyre tread in the bottom corner of the image with the 100 ISO shot.

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At 800 ISO the noise reduction has blurred out most of the fine detail.

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At 1600 ISO colour saturation is greatly reduced and noise is everywhere.

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Terrible picture quality at 3200 ISO.

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6400 ISO is available at 3MP, but the picture quality is very poor.

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The S710 can shoot at 12800 ISO, but when the picture quality is this bad what's the point?

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This is the full frame at 12800 ISO.

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Beaky69

December 10, 2008, 6:34 pm

Is 'chromatic abberation' the same as purple fringing in high-contrast areas of the image? If so, the photo showing corner-sharpness shows plenty of it! (unless it's a compression artefact?).

Ed

December 10, 2008, 6:52 pm

Chromatic aberration is a general term for various colour altering effects that can occur due to a poor lens. One of which is purple fringeing and, yes, there is some in that photo. Not a lot though.

theimer

December 10, 2008, 9:50 pm

As far as I know, while looking very similar, purple fringing and chromatic aberration are competely different phenomena. Purple fringing is a sensor-based effect, caused by a charge overload leaking from one CCD-element to its neighbouring ones. On the other hand, chromatic aberration is in fact a optics-related effect, caused by different refractions of the different colours of light passing the lens.

AndyfromVA

December 11, 2008, 2:40 am

What a crummy camera. I think your scores are too kind. I'd give it a 4 for image quality, value and overall.

Cliff Smith

December 12, 2008, 12:22 am

Here's a tutorial I wrote on chromatic aberration: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

reflux

March 20, 2009, 9:25 pm

Im interested in this camera and was wondering if you anyone knows anythin about the shutter priority mode. Usually nikons have a 'firework show' mode, which at night you can take a pic of fireworks or cars on a motorway at a low shutter speed of 4secs.





So i wanted to know if you can set the shutter priority on this camera for use during the day and at night? And what is the longest time the shutter will stay open for?

john somer

July 8, 2010, 5:12 am

We purchased this camera 08.11.2008.from Harvey Norman computer Super store aspley QLD Australia. My Wife taken about 50 photos the photos quality was excellent. June 2010 she wanted to take a photo of our Great grand Child and find the camera inoperable, showing a message "lens error" i returned the camera to the Store where I been told "have to pay $49 for estimate and what ever is the repair cost. I have contacted NIKON, where I been told "the repair would cost over $200 for a camera used only 6 to 7 Times taking about 50 photos. Thank you Nikon. Thank you Harvey Norman.

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