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Nikon Coolpix S60 Indoor Crops

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.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.Accepts 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

The crops below show the performance of the Nikon Coolpix S60 next to the same ISO for the Fuji Finepix F100fd. Both these are point-and-shoot ultra-compact models where ISO can be manually selected. The Nikon Coolpix S60 has an ISO range from 64 to 2000 at full-resolution, while the Fuji goes from ISO 100 to 3200, so not all rows below have crops from both cameras.

All crops below are 100% from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality setting available. Aside from ISO, all other settings were left on automatic or on their default values. 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 point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Nikon Coolpix S60 Fuji Finepix F100fd
Nikon S60 - ISO 64 Crop
ISO 64

Although the Nikon Coolpix S60 starts at a lower ISO, it does not help it in terms of image quality compared to the Fuji Finepix F100fd. ISO 64 of the S60 compares to ISO 400 on the F100. That is an advantage of 2 1/3 stops.

Notice that the Fuji has a 12 megapixels sensor which also gives it an advantage in resolution. The slightly different perspective comes from the lens position on these cameras, with the Fuji having its lens in the usual central position, while the S60 has it on a top corner.

Nikon S60 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Fuji F100 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Nikon S60 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Fuji F100 - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200
Nikon S60 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji F100 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Nikon S60 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji F100 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Nikon S60 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Fuji F100 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Nikon S60 - ISO 2000 Crop
ISO 2000

Notice how images from the Fuji remain much sharper than those from the Nikon which uses noise-reduction to hide image noise. By ISO 1600 though, noise comes through as bright speckles on the Nikon, rendering this setting and ISO 2000 nearly useless.

By ISO 3200, the Fuji can still pull-off a small print. Even though its images are noisy by then, they are noisy at 12 megapixels, as opposed to the 5 megapixels ISO 3200 blur produced by the Nikon.

Nikon S60 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200
Fuji F100 - ISO 3200 Crop
ISO 3200

On the right, the Fuji is showing off its ultra-high ISO powers. This ISO 6400 from an ultra-compact would produce a recognizable but noisy 4.5" x 6" print.

Fuji F100 - ISO 6400 Crop
ISO 6400

Here is an example for the Fuji F100 going too far. Most DSLRs cannot do ISO 12800 and neither can the F100!

Fuji F100 - ISO 12800 Crop
ISO 12800
Nikon Coolpix S60
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Nikon S60 Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
10 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 64-2000
5X Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-4s
Built-in StabilizationCustom white-balance
0.7 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital High Capacity
3.5" LCD 230K Pixels
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