Although a camera’s controls and features are obviously very important, the quality of images that the camera can produce is obviously crucial as well. Since we couldn’t perform our standard ISO testing like we do with other cameras, we’ve included various test shots below with information about the ISO the camera chose for us. You'll notice the L100 doesn't necessarily stick to the standard ISO stepping rules. In other words, the camera can choose ISO settings such as 484 or 97. Regardless of which ISO the camera chose for us, we noticed that many pictures weren’t quite as sharp as we would have preferred. Colors were also a bit off, though it’s not so bad that you couldn’t adjust the colors in an image editing program. Most of the noise and lack of sharpness were most noticeable when viewing the photos at 100%. If the images were printed at a standard 4x6 inch print size, that noise and lack of sharpness would be much less visible.
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A 15x optical zoom certainly gives you a good variety of shooting options from wide to telephoto. To give you a better feel for what a 15x optical zoom can do, here’s a comparison: