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Nikon Coolpix S610 Outdoor 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 S610 next to the same ISO for the Fuji Finepix F100fd. These cameras have a large sensitivity range, starting at ISO 100 and going up to ISO 3200 at full resolution. The F100 also has higher sensitivities at reduced resolutions. This required a scene with very low-lighting which made taking the shots an exercise in tricking the cameras. As can be seen below, such low-lit scene could not always be properly exposed at all ISO settings. Outside of camera testing, this is not really an issue as you only need to get the right exposure at a reasonable ISO.

All crops below are 100% from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality setting available. Aside for the scene-mode used for the Fuji's ISO 100 shot, 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 S610 Fuji Finepix F100fd
Nikon S610 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Fuji F100 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100 (Night scene-mode)
Nikon S610 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Fuji F100 - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200 (Underexposed)
Nikon S610 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji F100 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Nikon S610 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji F100 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Nikon S610 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Fuji F100 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Nikon S610 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 3200
Fuji F100 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 3200

Here the Fuji Finepix F100fd consistently shows superior image quality than the Nikon Coolpix S610. On the S610 we can see noise starting at the ISO 200 shot and both cameras lose details as ISO increases. The F100 shows a much finer noise-pattern which preserves details and edges better.

Nikon Coolpix S610
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Nikon S610 Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
10 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 100-3200
4X Wide 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" LCD 230K Pixels
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