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Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 and the similarly specified Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for the DMC-FX9 (80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Panasonic DMC-FX9: Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-FX9
Fujifilm FinePix F10
ISO 80, 1/100 sec, F4
ISO 80, 1/70 sec, F4.3
2,866 KB JPEG
2,967 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.1
Noise, std dev: 1.4

At ISO 80 the FX9 produces very clean, well detailed images with good color, contrast and edge-to-edge sharpness, although the Fuji F10 is capturing marginally more detail (an observation borne out by resolution testing). Colors are richly saturated but manage to stay just on the right side of natural (reds look a little over-bright, but this is common in cameras of this category designed to produce punchy prints with little or no post-processing). Noise is slightly higher at ISO 80 than the 5MP FX7, though it's not something you'll see in standard prints (if you want really low noise the FinePix F10 is far better).

Overall there's little to complain about here - the FX9's little Leica lens is certainly very good for such a compact camera, and the noise reduction doesn't seem to be having too much of a detrimental effect on overall detail - in fact many of the 'real world' images we took tended to look, if anything, slightly too sharp, a result of quite strong in-camera sharpening.

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