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Compared to... Casio EX-Z850

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Nikon Coolpix P3 and the 8 megapixel Casio EX-Z850. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 50)

  • Nikon Coolpix P3: Aperture priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.70 EV compensation

  • Casio EX-Z850 : Aperture priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Nikon Coolpix P3
Casio EX-Z850
ISO 50, 1/57 sec, F4.9
ISO 50, 1/100 sec, F4.0
2,304 KB JPEG
4,544 KB JPEG

Anyone looking at the comparison above will notice immediately that the Casio result looks sharper - a lot sharper. Closer examination reveals that there isn't really a huge difference in the amount of real detail in the shots, it's just that in typical Nikon fashion, the P3's default settings produce images so soft they are verging on the mushy. If you apply a fairly strong unsharp mask to the P3 image you get a result that looks almost exactly the same as the Casio's (actually from a detail point of view it looks better), though you also discover that getting a sharp result also means getting a slightly noisier result. It seems that Nikon's 'hands off' approach to image processing extends to noise reduction - a good thing indeed if you want images that respond well to post-processing, less so if you are a 'point and shoot' user wanting punchy results out of the camera. To be fair you can crank up the contrast, saturation and sharpening in-camera, but be aware that turning up sharpness will produce visible noise in big enlargements. On the other hand you can turn everything down (and turn sharpening off altogether), which produces JPEGs that are perfect for expert post-processing.

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cuicuicui
By cuicuicui (9 months ago)

Good one:

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