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Nikon COOLPIX P100 Ken McMahon, January 2011
 


Nikon COOLPIX P100 results : Real-life resolution / Sharpness mid-range / Sharpness telephoto / High ISO Noise

Nikon COOLPIX P100 vs Panasonic FZ45 / FZ40 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Real-life resolution (approx 300mm)

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To compare real-life performance mid-way through their focal ranges, we shot this scene with the Nikon COOLPIX P100, the Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 and the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings.

The lenses on each camera were set to approximately the same field of view to evaluate their performance around the middle of their zoom range. We opted for an equivalent focal length of around 300mm on each model.

All three cameras were set to Program mode at the lowest available ISO sensitivity - 160 ISO on the COOLPIX P100, and 80 ISO on the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 and PowerShot SX30 IS.

The above image was taken with the COOLPIX P100 in Program mode. The lens was set to 52 mm (291mm equivalent) and the metering selected an exposure of 1/913th of a second at f8 with an ISO setting of 160. The original 3648x2736 pixel image had a file size of 4.38MB.

Straight away you can see here that the COOLPIX P100 crops look a good deal softer than those from the Lumix FZ45 / FZ40 and the PowerShot SX30 IS. One likely reason for this is that the P100's program mode has selected an aperture of f8 and light diffraction from the small aperture is, at least in part, causing the softness of image detail. The COOLPIX P100 does have a tendency in program mode to select smaller aperture settings even when the lighting conditions would permit a larger aperture at an acceptably fast shutter speed.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to take a look at our wide-angle resolution and telephoto resolution test pages before seeing how they compare at higher sensitivities in our High ISO Noise results.



Nikon COOLPIX P100
 
Panasonic Lumix FZ45 / FZ40
 
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
52mm (291mm) f8, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
48.8mm (271mm) f4, 80 ISO
56.1mm (313mm) f5, 80 ISO


Nikon COOLPIX P100 results : Real-life resolution / Sharpness mid-range / Sharpness telephoto / High ISO Noise



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