Out with the old, in with the new (studio shot)

Oct 14, 2009 at 14:22 GMT

Out with the old, in with the new (studio shot)

The publication of today's Panasonic Lumix GF1 review sees the first use of our new, improved fixed studio shot, one of the cornerstones of a review format that, though always developing, has remained essentially unchanged for over a decade.

The new studio setup (only the third major change since 2000) has been designed to address several issues; the increasing resolving power of modern digital SLRs (requiring finer details across the frame), the need to consistently compare the effect of each camera's noise reduction system on low contrast detail and the desire to improve consistency of framing (which will allow to to introduce new review features in the future).

The new studio setup may look like the aftermath of a party in toy town, but it has been carefully (and painstakingly) constructed to provide the maximum information in a single shot (something increasingly important for our compact camera group tests, for example). The scene is now full of texture, fine detail and tough subjects such as fur and feathers.

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We will be building a library of shots of the new studio scene using previously reviewed SLRs (and re-shooting any compacts as needed), so keep an eye out in future reviews.

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Simon Joinson