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High ISO modes compared

As usual the H10 offers high sensitivity settings - in this case up to ISO 3200 - though they come at a price when it comes to image quality. Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony Cyber-shot H10'a ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings.

Studio scene comparison (Sony H10 @ ISO 1600 and 3200)

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10: Program mode, ISO 1600 Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +1.0 EV compensation

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10: Program mode, ISO 3200, Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H10
Sony DSC-H10
ISO 1600, 1/320 sec, F8
ISO 3200, 1/640 sec, F8
2,782 KB JPEG
2,964 KB JPEG

We mainly show these samples for the sake of completeness. Whatever digital compact camera's ISO 1600 or 3200 output you look at, it will frankly be horrible. The Sony H10 is no exception. The combination of noise and noise reduction has reduced the scene to a mere shadow of its former self, and fine detail has been thrown to the dogs long ago.

While we understand that high ISO capability is currently an important marketing tool for manufacturers it remains questionable why they implement these modes as output from them is frankly not usable unless you're shrinking the files down to a very small viewing size, and whether you'd be happy with any size print is questionable.

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