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Nikon Coolpix P100 Outdoor 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.

Outdoor Crops

Here we compare the Nikon Coolpix P100 with the Fuji Finepix S100FS. Images below are all 100% crops from their respective cameras. ISO was set on each the camera. Every other setting was left on automatic. All images were taken at the highest resolution possible for the set ISO sensitivity.

Both these cameras are ultra-zooms and offer a wide range of ISO sensitivities and a full complement of manual controls. The Nikon Coolpix P100 is a smaller ultra-zoom with an electronically controlled 26X stabilized optical zoom lens, the Fuji Finepix S100FS is a DSLR-sized ultra-zoom with a mechanically controlled 14.3X stabilized optical zoom lens. The S100FS features a relatively larger sensor with higher sensitivity and wider dynamic range.

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

Up to here we can see that the Fuji always delivers at least two full ISO stops of better detail and sharpness. The Nikon Coolpix P100 suffers from noise and noise-reduction even at its base ISO of 160. Things get worst quickly and ISO 800 may give a small usable print but that is it.

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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