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The following ISO examples were taken with the aid of a tripod and available daylight and run the gamut of the Fuji X100's extensive manually adjustable range, expandable at both ends of the scale to ISO100 (from ISO200) and ISO12800 (from ISO6400) respectively to give no fewer than 18 incremental settings. We utilised the default 'Provia' picture mode and auto white balance throughout, and rather than show every single option, we've picked some select highlights.

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We're at the lowest selectable setting of ISO100 equivalent and not only is, as expected, there no noise to be found in shadow areas, but rather the lens' shallow depth of field here has highlighted detail so crisp you can almost reach out and touch the objects in our test picture.

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Same set up at ISO200 and little difference to report.

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We're at ISO400 and again no noise is visible even if closely cropping in to shadow areas.

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We're at ISO800 and the only criticism we can level is a slight softening of edge detail on close inspection, but it's so slight that we may be imagining it.

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Again any difference at ISO1600 is barely noticeable and overall this is comparable to the performance compact rivals manage at ISO400; very impressive indeed.

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Fractionally softer at ISO3200. Although again we're hard pressed to notice a marked difference between this and the earlier settings.

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Detail is looking a little smoother at ISO6400 and, if we squint really hard, we're beginning to see the first visible appearance of noise. But it really isn't anything to worry about at all.

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Pushing the envelope at ISO12800 equivalent and we're seeing softening across the entire image on close inspection to limit noise, Again, this is as good a result as some lesser compacts manage at ISO1600, so it seems that Fuji's bright lens, big sensor combo really lives up to the pre-release hype and delivers the goods for low light photographers.

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