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Nikon COOLPIX L24 Ken McMahon, May 2011
 

Nikon COOLPIX L24 results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise


Nikon COOLPIX L24 vs Canon PowerShot A1200 vs Canon PowerShot A800 High ISO Noise

 
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To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Nikon COOLPIX L24, the Canon PowerShot A1200 and the Canon PowerShot A800 within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings, and at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.

 


The PowerShot A1200 and PowerShot A800 were set to Program mode and - in the absence of a Program option - the COOLPIX L24 was set to Auto. The lenses were set to approximate the same field of view and ISO was manually set on the PowerShot A1200 and the PowerShot A800. ISO sensitivity can't be set manually on the Nikon COOLPIX L24, but a series of shots taken in auto mode yielded results at ISO settings of 80 and 400 which we've shown here for comparison purposes.

Despite the fact that the ISO can't be set manually on the Nikon COOLPIX L24 we've included these crop comparisons for two reasons. Firstly, despite the fact we were only able to produce results at two ISO sensitivity settings - 80 and 400 ISO, we think the comparison with the Canon PowerShots at those ISO settings is nonetheless worth making.

The COOLPIX L24 80 ISO crop shows reasonably good image detail, though it's less well exposed than the Canon crops and the colour balance has gone awry. At 400 ISO the white balance has recovered, but the noise and processing artifacts have combined to produce a poor result that could easily be mistaken for a 1600 ISO crop.

Secondly we wanted to make some comments about the COOLPIX L24's approach to auto ISO sensitivity settings which affects its ability to produce good results in low light conditions without using the flash. In addition to the real-life resolution and high ISO test shots we took lots of other shots with COOLPIX L24 in a variety of conditions some of which appear in our Nikon COOLPIX L24 gallery. Some of these shots were taken in low light conditions and at night, most, though not all were shot in Auto mode, but only on one occasion did the COOLPIX L24 select an ISO sensitivity above 400 ISO. Even then the resulting shutter speed was 1/8th of a second - too slow to avoid camera shake.

Despite its published upper sensitiy limit of 1600 ISO, the COOLPIX L24 rarely operates above 400 ISO. Combined with the lack of optical image stabilisation and the relative ineffectiveness of Electronic Vibration Reduction and Motion Detection this rules the L24 out for hand-held low light use without the flash - the shutter speeds it selects in these circumstance are often too slow to avoid camera shake. The failure of Motion Detection to select a high ISO in low light is particularly perplexing. On many occassions when we took low light shots in Auto mode with the flash forced off the Motion Detection icon appeared on screen yet the results showed the camera had selected a sensitivity of 400 ISO or lower resulting in shutter speeds below 1/20th of a second.

Now head over to our Nikon COOLPIX L24 gallery to see some more real-life shots in a variety of conditions.


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Nikon COOLPIX L24 results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise



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