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Sony Cyber-shot T500 - 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 ISO test images are shot indoors using reflected natural light for maximum consistency.


This is the full frame at 80 ISO.


Image quality is good at the lowest ISO setting, with smooth tones and plenty of fine detail.


There's not much difference at 100 ISO.


Noise is plainly visible at 200 ISO, expecially in the red channel, but there is still a good level of detail.


Although quite noisy, this 400 ISO image is still just about usable.


Noise is a major problem at 800 ISO.


1600 ISO and the image quality is terrible.


When the results look like this, why bother having a 3200 ISO setting?


This is the full frame at 3200 ISO.


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January 8, 2009, 2:20 pm

I read some comments that battery life of the Sony T500 is rather poor, especially sthooting video is said to drain the battery in about 15 minutes. I'm wondering why this isn't mentioned here.


March 22, 2014, 4:02 pm

I'll confirm, as someone has suggested below, that the battery life is poor. In fact, it sucks. I went to an airshow, and didn't even capture 1/3 of what I would have liked to. I'm considering getting multiple batteries, but that in itself is kind of a pain in the butt.

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