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Old Jan 7, 2011, 5:12 PM   #1
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Default Digital noise... Critique/comments please??

Here's a picture I just shot in the kitchen, and there is very heavy digital noise/artifacts present... Is this a result of too low or too high a noise reduction setting???
COntrast 0
SHarpness +2
Satuuration -1
Noise Reduction -2
Still don't feel the sharpness is good at all...
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 5:16 PM   #2
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I'm still trying to decide whether to keep this camera- or send it back/exchange...
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One thing you may want to try is to set everything to default (0) to make sure you are not ending up with some weird artifact of camera settings. You may even want to do a factory re-set to make sure you didn't inadvertently set something unknowingly. I can't really see anything wrong with your current settings, but you should be getting better results. Try shooting something outside in bright sun, of subjects that are close (within ~6 feet) in default settings and see. If it still takes bad pictures, it may be time for you to exchange it.
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Hi Wes,

I've not experienced noise like this with 100 ISO, but my guess is it's because you have the sharpness up high. Digital sharpening will increase noise.

My prefs are:

Contrast: 0
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 7:03 PM   #5
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I'm still trying to decide whether to keep this camera- or send it back/exchange...
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I just could not stand the noise either. In my opinion this level of noise is not acceptable at ISO100 no matter what the settings are...

Sadly, I took mine back to the store today...

Its was a painful exercise, of loving everything on the camera, design, handling, speed, only to see very noisy images at the end of the day on the computer screen....

I tried to ignore it for a few days...but I just couldn't...
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 7:24 PM   #6
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I'll try that... I'll do a reset on the camera and try it again. I agree, at ASA 100, er- 'scuse me, ISO 100, it should be noise free and sharp as heck... These pic's I shot today were simply unacceptable in my mind, and just want to make sure I'm not doing something wrong.... which I don't think so.
Thanks for your inputs, people~
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The FZ40 still remains a very viable option, if you are going to do a return/exchange. I have been very pleased with my FZ40's performance and in particular the sharpness of the lens.

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Hi Wes,

When I view the EXIF data attached to your photos, it says "Digital Zoom Ratio 3X". If you are using DZ, that could be accounting for the noise you are seeing. Try taking pics without using it to see what you get.

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HMMMMMM....!!! In my menu, Digital zoom "OFF" is selected!?!?!?
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Default Hmmm.... Reset helped.

I just did a camera reset... went through and set up the menu items again. Digital zoom off... as it was selected before. Image quality much improved.
These are heavy crops from 100% blow-ups.
But still nowhere near as good as from my Fuji S200EXR- see below
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