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Three compact digital cameras were tested at high ISOs. They all failed.
We've established that you'll get your best overall image quality with a compact digital camera at its lowest settings, but what happens at their highest ISO speeds?
While the last two questions have no right answer, yours should be based on knowing what your results will be. So, here are several ISO 1600 and higher images shot with 8, 10, and 12MP digital compact cameras. Hang on—the road gets rough here...
So for those of us who expected perhaps slightly better quality with a lower megapixel count, the effect was marginal at best and for casual shooters the difference will not even be noticeable.
Our recommendation: Use a DSLR for low light situations that require a high ISO setting to avoid unacceptable digital noise.