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Nikon Coolpix P100 Indoor Crops

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

Below are sample crops from an indoor photograph of a book-spine at each of the Nikon P100's ISO settings. A crop from the Fuji Finepix S100FS at the same ISO setting is shown next to each crop from the P100. Images below are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras taken at the highest quality setting. ISO and white-balance were set on camera, everything else was left on automatic.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon Coolpix P100 Fuji Finepix S100FS
Nikon P100 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 160
Fuji S100FS - ISO 100 Crops
ISO 100
Nikon P100 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 200
Fuji S100FS - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200
Nikon P100 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji S100FS - ISO 400 Crops
ISO 400
Nikon P100 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji S100FS - ISO 800 Crops
ISO 800
Nikon P100 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Fuji S100FS - ISO 1600 Crops
ISO 1600
Nikon P100 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Fuji S100FS - ISO 3200 Crops
ISO 3200

The Nikon Coolpix P100 starts showing noise and slight softness from noise reduction at its base ISO of 160. Noise does increase slowly at each ISO which means reasonable performance until ISO 400. At ISO 800, noise reduction is strong enough that maximum print sizes are reduced. ISO 1600 and 3200 are extremely soft which would be only usable for the smallest prints. Compared to the Nikon, the Fuji Finepix S100FS has a comfortable two stop lead in terms of ISO. Color performance is similar with both cameras but the Fuji exposes darker than the Nikon which has a tendency to over-expose by 1/3 or 2/3 EV.

Nikon Coolpix P100
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By on 2010/03/30
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Nikon P100 Facts

Large digital camera
10 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 160-3200
26.1X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-8s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls
0.24" Built-in EVF 230K PixelsCustom white-balance
10 FPS Drive, 6 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 460K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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