Photo quality is generally very good for the Z915's class. The biggest issue is noise, which is visible in photos viewed at 100 percent at all ISO sensitivities. ISO 100 is the lowest the camera can be manually set to, but the Auto ISO will go as low as ISO 64. But, using Auto means the camera will select sensitivities above ISO 200, which are soft and blurry from noise reduction. In the end it comes down to how you plan to use your photos. If they're only going on the Web, a digital photo frame, or printed at or below 5x7 inches with the occasional 8x10, then the photo quality should suffice.
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This shot was taken in Macro mode at ISO 64. Though a majority of my test shots looked soft, the camera is capable of taking some very sharp, detailed photos with vibrant color and good exposure.
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Fringing (chromatic aberration) was below average for its class. You can make out just the faintest edge of purple/blue color around the petal.
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Though the lens isn't terribly wide, the Z915 still has a decent bit of barrel distortion. On the other hand, I didn't notice any pincushion distortion when the lens was fully extended.
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Colors, while not accurate, are very vivid, which many people--including myself--find pleasing. Occasionally, though, things would look a little too unnatural such as the red flowers and green foliage in the top left photo.
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