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High ISO modes compared

As usual the H3 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 H3 at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200.

Studio scene comparison (Sony H3 @ ISO 1600 and 3200)

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3: Program mode, ISO 1600 Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3: Program mode, ISO 3200, Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H3
Sony DSC-H3
ISO 1600, 1/500 sec, F8
ISO 3200, 1/1000 sec, F8
2,056 KB JPEG
1,845 KB JPEG

The images at the H3's higher ISO settings speak for themselves really (and remember these are in good light - in dim conditions they're much worse). 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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