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Compared to... Nikon Coolpix P5000

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Nikon Coolpix P5100 the preceding model: the Coolpix P5000 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 400)

  • Nikon Coolpix P5100 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Nikon Coolpix P5000 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Nikon Coolpix P5100
Nikon Coolpix P5000
ISO 400, 1/232 sec, F4.4
ISO 400, 1/266 sec, F4.4
3,989 KB JPEG
2,802 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 it is immediately apparent that the extra pixels come at a price; a noisier sensor, meaning the noise reduction on the P5100 is considerably higher than on its predecessor too. The result is a less obviously grainy image but one in which much of the fine detail has been lost. Whereas neither looks particularly pretty at this magnification, the results should look fine when printed. The level of noise reduction applied in the P5100 means that images are already beginning to look rather soft when really scrutinized. Once again we see how 'progress' - in this case leaping from 10 to 12 megapixels - actually produces a reduction in image quality.

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