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If you look closely at this picture you’ll notice a certain softness and lack of fine detail. In the original full size image (not shown) some edge distortion in the corners is also noticeable. Exposure, colour balance and focusing are all spot-on though.
The bright sunlight on these colourful blooms can overload some exposure systems, causing highlights to burn out, but the Sony has handled them well resulting in a nicely balanced picture.
ISO 100: At the minimum ISO setting the picture is completely noise-free.
ISO 200: At 200 ISO there is little discernible difference, although some fine detail has been lost.
ISO 400: At the highest sensitivity setting there is still very little image noise even in the shadow areas, but a lot of detail has been lots and some colour irregularities are present.