These are 100 percent crops from the center of our test scene at the Nikon Coolpix S9500's available ISO sensitivities in Auto mode at approximately a 35mm focal length. (In Scene Auto Selector mode it only uses ISO 80-1600). Picture quality is good to very good depending on how much light you have and the focal length you're using. Detail is very good at its base ISO, but it immediately starts to soften above that setting and picks up more noise and artifacts. By the time you get to ISO 800, subjects start to look soft and flat and colors start to look dull.
Basically, if you plan to enlarge or heavily crop your images, you'll probably want to shoot outside in bright lighting, especially if you're using the zoom lens.
August 14, 2013 2:42 PM PDT
Photo by: Joshua Goldman/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman
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