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Compared to... Canon Ixus 700 (SD500)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic LX1 (4:3 mode) and the 7MP Canon PowerShot SD500 (IXUS 700) at ISO 400. The F10 Zoom also has full-resolution ISO 800 and 1600 modes - to see these results please visit the corresponding pages in the F10 review.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Panasonic DMC-LX1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Canon PowerShot SD500: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-LX1
Canon PowerShot SD500
ISO 400, 1/400 sec, F4.9
ISO 400, 1/636 sec, F4
2,468 KB JPEG
3,332 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 the difference is much less pronounced, and the superior optics of the LX1 are still visible, but the noise is still much worse in the Panasonic image. The 7MP chip used in the SD 550 (and many similar models from various manufacturers) is one of the best sensors we've seen in compact cameras for years, and it's hard to see how the new 8MP chip in the LX1 (aside from its unusual aspect ratio) could ever been seen as 'progress'.

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