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Compared to... Kodak V610

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic DMC-TZ1 and the Kodak EasyShare V610 at ISO 800.

Note: The V610 doesn't have a custom (measured) white balance function, so these are the most neutral results we could get (after trying the various presets), using Auto White Balance. The color cast in these shots is purely down to the white balance being unable to correct completely our studio lighting.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ1: Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Kodak V610 : Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Kodak EasyShare V610
ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F6.3
ISO 800, 1/388 sec, F7.1
1,972 KB JPEG
1,342 KB JPEG

I can understand manufacturers like Panasonic and Kodak wanting to put an ISO 800 or higher setting on their cameras - especially long zoom models, but you'd have to be in a pretty tight corner, photographically, to resort to using it on either of these models. Everything I said about the ISO 400 output applies here, only more so. Again, to be fair to Panasonic, the TZ1 is doing better than the Kodak V610, and there is still a bit of detail in there, but let's be honest; after reviewing the Fujifilm F30 last week I wasn't likely to be impressed by these results, was I?

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