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Olympus mju Tough 6010 - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith



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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 pictures were taken indoors using reflected natural light.


This is the full frame at 64 ISO.


There is a hint of noise even at the lowest ISO setting, but overall quality is very good.


Much the same result at 100 ISO.


Still no problems at 200 ISO.


A little more noise at 400 ISO, but it is well controlled. Colour balance and detail are still good.


Colour saturation is starting to fade at 800 ISO, and there is a lot of noise.


Very poor image quality at 1600 ISO, as is usually the case with small compacts.


This is the full frame at 1600 ISO.



September 25, 2009, 3:31 pm

I know this is repeating an old chestnut, but why on earth do manufacturers keep putting such pixel dense sensors in these cameras. 12MP is completely unnecessary. I suspect picture quality would be vastly better with 6MP chip instead, in terms of noise and dynamic range. Most pictures are viewed on monitors with less than 2MP after all. It would also process images more quickly, too. I see Canon are starting to buck the trend with the new S90 and G11 by not going all out for big pixel numbers, but instead worrying about what produces the best pictures (hopefully). Do you think this might be the start of a welcome trend?


September 25, 2009, 4:03 pm

@GordonDownie - Hopefully this trend (if it is one) continues. I've just had a photo from my mobile phone blown up to A0 size and the resolution was fine, others have also commented that they didn't think the photo come of come from a phone. While IQ is of course subjective, I think camera manufacturers have done too good a job convincing Joe Public that more is better. I agree that a megapixel rating between 6 and 10 (max) is all that is needed.

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