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Nikon COOLPIX S80 Ken McMahon, December 2010

Nikon COOLPIX S80 results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise


Nikon COOLPIX S80 vs Sony Cyber-shot TX9 vs Panasonic Lumix FX700 High ISO Noise

 
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To compare noise levels under real-life conditions we shot this scene with the Nikon COOLPIX S80, the Sony Cyber-shot TX9, and the Panasonic Lumix FX700 within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings at each of their ISO sensitivity settings.

All three cameras were set to Program Auto exposure mode, the lenses were set to approximate the same field of view and ISO was manually set.


The above shot was taken with the the Nikon COOLPIX S80 in Auto mode with the lens at its widest angle setting of 6.3mm (35mm equivalent). The sensitivity was set to 80 ISO and the exposure was 0.8 of a second at f3.6. The crops are taken from the area marked with the red square and presented below at 100%.

The Crops from the Nikon COOLPIX S80 in terms of noise are quite encouraging, though there are some other issues. Let's start on a positive note though - the COOLPIX S80 was the only one of the three cameras in this comparison to reproduce good tonal detail in the shadow areas of the scene from which we take our crops. This isn't an exposure issue, all three cameras set a very similar exposure, in fact the Lumix exposure was greater by almost a stop, yet neither the Lumix FX700 nor the Cyber-shot TX9 (both of which have CMOS sensors) have recorded much, if any, of the shadow detail.

The first crop from the COOLPIX S80, taken at 80 ISO shows good overall detail with no evidence of noise that we can see, though, in the wood panelling you can make out the same slight granularity that was in evidence in the outdoor crops. It's often quite difficult to spot any difference between 80 and 100 ISO settings, but this isn't the case here and the 100 ISO crop is softer with less detail , most noticeably in the stone column, than in the 80 ISO one. Given the small advantage that moving up to 100 ISO will provide, we'd recommend S80 owners to stick with the lowest 80 ISO setting whenever possible.

There's a similar small quality degradation between 100 and 200 ISO, but all three lower ISO settings produce good results that you'd be hard pressed to tell apart unless you were comparing them at 100%. At 400 ISO, as you'd expect, there's a further significant downward step, with a lot of the finer detail disappearing along with whatever noise has been supressed. Nonetheless, at the 400 ISO sensitivity, the COOLPIX S80 still produces highly usable images. At 80 ISO we're well into high ISO noise territory, or at least the loss of detail and image break up that result with its aggressive suppression. The detail in these crops and those at the higher 1600, 3200 and 6400 settings is still holding together though, and isn't as badly broken up as as some we've seen.

Alongside the crops from the Sony Cyber-shot TX9 the COOLPIX S80 crops look very good indeed. The fact that you can see much more of the shadow detail is a big plus and the COOLPIX S80 crops also hold more fine image detail than those from the Cyber-shot TX9. Both the 80 and 100 ISO options on the COOLPIX S80 are lower than the base 125 ISO setting on the Cyber-shot TX9 and the COOLPIX results at these ISO sensitivities look better than those from the TX9 at 125 ISO. Even the COOLPIX S80 400 ISO shot outshines the Cyber-shot TX9 at 200 ISO in which you can see the edge of the stone column begining to break up. All the way up the ISO range it's the same story, with the COOLPIX S80 outperforming the Cyber-shot TX9 eventually reaching parts of the range - 6400 ISO at 3 Megapixel resolution - that are out of the reach of the Cyber-shot TX9. Don't forget, though, the TX9 has a trick or two up its sleeve when it comes to low light performace with its Hand-held Twilight and Anti Motion blur modes.

Like the Cyber-shot TX9 the Lumix FX700 has failed to retain tonal detail in the shadows, despite selecting a very similar exposure to the the other two cameras. The Lumix FX700 results are also quite cold in terms of colour balance. Right from the off at 100 ISO the Lumix FX700 crops are lacking in detail and look very processed and for that reason we'd put the Lumix FZ700 in third place behind the Nikon COOLPIX S80 and sony Cyber-shot TX9.

Now head over to our Nikon COOLPIX S80 gallery to see some more real-life shots in a variety of conditions.


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Nikon COOLPIX S80 results : Real-life resolution / High ISO Noise



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