As part of our test we shoot our resolution chart at very sensitivity setting. The higher the value quoted in the caption score, the better the image quality.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Canon PowerShot S100 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 80

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 80

ISO 80, score: 20 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 100

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 100

ISO 100: score 20 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 200

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 200

ISO 200: score 18 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 400

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 400

ISO 400: score 16 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 800

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 800

ISO 800: score 14 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 1600

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600: score 12 (see full image)

Nikon coolpix s3100 review resolution iso 3200

Nikon coolpix s3100 review: resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200: score n/a (see full image)

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Angela (Twitter, Google+, website) is head of testing for Future's photography portfolio, writing and overseeing reviews of photographic equipment for Digital Camera, Photography Week, PhotoPlus, NPhoto and Practical Photoshop as well as TechRadar's cameras channel. Angela has a degree in photography and multimedia and prior to joining Future in October 2010 was Amateur Photographer magazine's technical editor.