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Compared to... Kodak V610

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Nikon Coolpix S10 and the Kodak EasyShare V610 at ISO 400.

Note: The V610 doesn't have a custom (measured) white balance function, so these are the most neutral results we could get (after trying the various presets), using Auto White Balance. The color cast in these shots is purely down to the white balance being unable to correct completely our studio lighting.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Nikon S10: Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Kodak V610 : Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Nikon Coolpix S10
Kodak EasyShare V610
ISO 400, 1/535 sec, F4.0
ISO 400, 1/630 sec, F4.1
2,528 KB JPEG
1,155 KB JPEG

If you want a small, 10x zoom camera you have to use a small sensor, and squeezing 6 million pixels onto a 1/2.5-inch CCD hits sensitivity hard. As we've seen with all such cameras the S10 struggles to produce output at anything over ISO 200 that could seriously be considered for any 'serious' photographic work. Every manufacturer has a different approach to the noise problem; Nikon is using a relatively light touch with the noise reduction, and there is still some detail there, but the end result, frankly, isn't great; the results are noisy and very soft. If you're prepared to do a little work in post-processing and don't mind being restricted to postcard-sized prints it's usable, but don't expect miracles. It is, slightly, better than the V610's output.

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