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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 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Panasonic DMC-FX9: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-FX9
Fujifilm FinePix F10
ISO 400, 1/125 sec, F8
ISO 400, 1/345 sec, F4.3
2,630 KB JPEG
2,898 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 3.0
Noise, std dev: 2.2

At ISO 400 the superior noise characteristics of the FinePix F10 are obvious, with the FX9 image looking very noisy. That said, the results are visibly and measurably better than those we got from the 5 megapixel FX7 - Panasonic appears to have toned down the noise reduction slightly, producing less of the 'watercolor' effect, yet there's less graininess and more detail, implying the new chip has slightly lower inherent noise anyway.

Ultimately, however, despite being better than the 5MP cameras we've tested, noise is still an issue at ISO 400 - especially when shooting in very low light using longer exposures, when it's much more obvious than in this shot. We would only use it when all else fails -thankfully less common than with most cameras, thanks to the effective image stabilization.

Note: The FX9 has no way of controlling aperture, and in this case it has chosen F8, which has resulted in a slightly softer image due to diffraction effects.

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