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Compared to... Canon PowerShot S80

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 and the eight megapixel Canon PowerShot S80 - a fairly representative example of the current crop of 1/1.8" 8MP CCD cameras, and one that also sports a 28mm wide lens. As the LX2's additional megapixels are in the horizontal axis only we took these shots of our test rig using 4:3 mode, which produces an image just over 7.5MP (2376 pixels high as opposed to 2448 pixels high on the Canon S80)

Studio scene comparison (LX2 @ ISO 100, Canon S80 @ ISO 50)

  • Panasonic DMC-LX2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Canon PowerShot S80 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-LX2
Canon PowerShot S80
ISO 100, 1/80 sec, F4.9
ISO 50, 1/60 sec, F5
3,489 KB JPEG
3,217 KB JPEG

As is increasingly the case when comparing similarly-specified cameras from the main players there isn't a huge difference between these two results. The Canon S80 has a very 'Canon' look; clean, sharp, vivid - though as is often the case the reds are a bit over saturated. The S80 also pulls marginally more detail out of the scene, but it's so close you won't see it in a print.

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