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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 800.

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 800)

  • Nikon Coolpix S10: Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Kodak V610 : Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Nikon Coolpix S10
Kodak EasyShare V610
ISO 800, 1/380 sec, F5.6
ISO 800, 1/388 sec, F7.1
2,592 KB JPEG
1,342 KB JPEG

Everything that I just said about the ISO 400 output applies doubly so to the ISO 800 output, although to be fair to Nikon there are many, many cameras that can't even produce results this good. Noise and desaturation are obviously a big problem, and fine detail flew south long ago, but the relatively light luminance noise reduction means that there is still enough high contrast detail to keep things recognizable, and you could - at a pinch - get away with using this setting in low light when you really don't have any other choice. As long as you don't expect to produce a big, beautiful print from it.

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