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Old Apr 22, 2010, 1:12 PM   #1
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Default Nikon P100 Image Quality

I recently purchased a new P100 and whether I use auto mode, scene mode or manual, indoors or out I get recognizable blur and grainy quality as if on a high ISO setting. I can take the same picture with the a Canon A60 that was meant to be replaced without a problem. Macro shots are fantastic but anything beyond 10 feet has poor results. I have a Canon SX20 on order to compare with. I love the P100 on paper but am very dissappointed in the image quality. Is anyone else experiencing this issue or have suggestions on what might be wrong? Did I by chance just get a lemon P100?
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Old Apr 22, 2010, 1:19 PM   #2
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as was expected, image quality for the p100 has been quite a let down. it suffers from relatively high noise at all ISO's which it tries to counteract with rather heavy-handed noise reduction, which obliterates all fine detail, particularly in foliage or other details in landscapes and such.

you should find the Canon SX20 (which along with panny's fz35) is one of the top superzoom cameras right now. you will find a noticeable upgrade in image quality with the canon.
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Old Apr 23, 2010, 10:38 AM   #3
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I agree 100% with your analysis of the Nikon P-100. Those very same faults were evident with the P-90 model as well. Yes, It would be grand if noise was not such a persistent issue particularly in shots where any ISO setting ir raised above the base ISO.

My personal super zoom choice remains the Panasonic FZ-35.

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Old May 3, 2010, 9:58 PM   #4
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Just purchased the Nikon P100, so far I love it! Here are some shots i took yesterday with them, I seem to like the quality so far...








And this one I took today, just testing the zoom.... this bird was about 100 feet away or so.... atop a swing..... 160 ISO, 288mm

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If you crop into the fringes of the flower petals and the feathers of the bird you will see the detail fall off with the NR nikon uses.
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If you crop into the fringes of the flower petals and the feathers of the bird you will see the detail fall off with the NR nikon uses.
Newbie here..lol... what exactly is NR ?
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Noise Reduction. Nikon is known for very heavy noise reduction. Even on their dslr's. It clips details of a photo. Allot of nikon dslr users turn the feature off at times. It really comes down to personal taste. Some prefer a noise free shot, other want higher details and vivid colors.
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The other issue is that whenever the ISO setting goes to ISO 400 and above, the noise is again a real problem.

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If you crop into the fringes of the flower petals and the feathers of the bird you will see the detail fall off with the NR nikon uses.

here it is at 100% cropped


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yes the bird one was not as good, but could be due to my inexperience, lol
but for zoomed at 26x, and using just auto-mode, I think it was pretty decent.
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