Canon IXUS 130 - Test Shots – ISO Performance

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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. ”


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This is the full frame at minimum ISO.


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At ISO80 – starting lower than most compacts – and, as expected, all is well with the IXUS 130’s performance


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Same shot at ISO100 and no discernible difference


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Same lack of noise to report at ISO200, so the camera is performing as predicted


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We’re at ISO400, usually the setting at which noise begins to creep in on cheaper compacts. Here we’re just starting to lose definition in the shadow areas, but it is very slight


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Noise is becoming more pronounced when examining shadow detail at ISO800, but overall the image is still fairly clean


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Noise is spreading out at ISO1600 and the image is generally softer. But this option has still provided a perfectly usable result, suggesting Canon was being conservative in stopping here


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This is the full frame at maximum ISO.


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…And so we’ve tried shooting our test image with Low Light mode selected, which effects an image drop to three megapixels. Here the camera has itself chosen a setting which equates to ISO500, so again, no apparent noise.

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