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The following images were taken with a Canon IXUS 300 HS PowerShot SD4000 IS. The IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS was set to Large Fine JPEG quality, Auto White Balance and Evaluative metering. Optical 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 IXUS 130 IS / SD1400 IS sample images, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 / ZS7 sample images, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5 sample images, Canon IXUS 105 / SD1300 IS sample images.