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The following images were taken with a Canon PowerShot S95. The PowerShot S95 was set to Large Fine JPEG quality, Auto White Balance, Evaluative Metering, and with ‘My Colours’ switched off (the default setting for contrast, saturation and sharpening). Image Stabilisation was enabled for all these handheld images.
The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image. A number of the images can be downloaded in their original format; click the photo to access the files (where available) at flickr. These files are for personal evaluation only and cannot be used in another publication or website without permission.
The crops below are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS4 as JPEGs with the Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS4 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.
Note: you may wish to open a number of galleries for direct comparison of detail and noise: Canon PowerShot S95 sample images (coming soon), Sony Alpha NEX 3 / 5 sample images, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 sample images, Canon IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS sample images.