1 second exposure, camera on a book, ISO 100. The best it can do.
ISO 100 shot. Underwhelming quality.
f/6.9 and ISO 800
I've done a huge amount to this in Lightroom and Photoshop. Straight out of the camera this photo was unacceptable. A max aperture of f/6.9 at the long end of the zoom is a joke.
ISO 100 f/4
Half way through the zoom range things are a little sharper. But I still had to process the hell out of this.
Canon Ixus 160
A shot taken with my iPhone 5s, which takes generally much better photos.
ISO 500 f/4
Zoomed in to try for some differential focus but this is typical of the mediocre shots this camera defaults to.
ISO 160 f/4
Zoomed in a bit here. It's not bad because of the low ISO but not what you'd expect from a 2015 camera.
Forced ISO 100. You can at least focus really close with the Ixus 160 – from just 1cm. But this shot is sadly lacking in any kind of texture, detail, sharpness. It's lacklustre.
ISO 160 f/3.2
At least the colour's not bad
ISO 125 f3.2
Perfectly adequate but unremarkable
Not quite full zoom. Again, just okay but doesn't bear closer scrutiny. A modern camera should be spot on at ISO 400.
With f/3.2 as the maximum aperture, and no OIS, it's really hard to get enough light for a sharp handheld shot, even at ISO 400, which takes all the detail out. My iPhone would do far better in this situation.