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Nikon Coolpix P300 - Sample Images: ISO Performance

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis



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Nikon P300 iso test

The full ISO test scene

Nikon P300 iso 160

As this 100% crop shows ISO 160 is sharp and noise-free

Nikon P300 iso 200

At ISO 200 the image is still crisp and noise-free

Nikon P300 iso 400

At ISO 400 the first signs of noise have begun to creep in, although images remain perfectly usable

Nikon P300 iso 800

At ISO 800 images are notably softer when viewed at 100%, although again remain perfectly usable at smaller image sizes

Nikon P300 iso 1600

By ISO 1600 noise has become much more noticeable at larger image sizes

Nikon P300 iso 3200

The top ISO setting of 3200 produces noisy, soft images


ISO 400


ISO 800


ISO 1600


ISO 3200

Lyndon Gray

July 26, 2011, 11:26 pm

Audley, Not sure why you haven't mentioned the Sony DSC-HX9V as a main competitor to this camera. Any reason why ?


July 29, 2011, 6:04 pm

Hi Lyndon, the main reason I didn't mention the HX9V as a direct competitor is that I'd consider it to be more of a travel compact than a premium compact, and I'd therefore be more inclined to group it in the company of the Panasonic Lumix FT3, Nikon S9100, Canon SX220 HS and suchlike. Also, the HX9V lacks the full compliment of PASM shooting controls. It's still a great camera though. Hope that helps.

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