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A range of test shots are shown over the next few pages. Here, 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 in order for you to gain an appreciation of the overall quality.
Full-sized versions of some of the following images can be downloaded in a new window by clicking on the sample shots as indicated. However be aware that the average file size is around 3MB, so those on very slow connections will experience some delay.
The SP-550UZ has a wide angle end equivalent to 28mm, which is great for panoramic shots, but the horizon is badly warped by barrel distortion.
This 100 percent crop from the bottom left of the previous image shows some chromatic aberration, the red and green fringes visible around the white tarp.
This is the tiny distant boat from the top right of the wide-angle image, shot from the same position at the maximum zoom setting, equivalent to 504mm. Amazingly this shot was taken hand-held at 1/20th of a second.
This is a 100 percent crop from the previous image, so you can see how sharp it really is.
The same shot, but this time taken using a tripod and a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second. It's a bit sharper, but not by much.