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Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon SD400 (IXUS 50) and the Panasonic DMC-LZ2 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Canon PowerShot SD400: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Panasonic DMC-LZ2: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot SD400 (Ixus 50)
Panasonic DMC-LZ2
ISO 400, 1/636 sec, F4
ISO 400, 1/160 sec, F6.6
2,392 KB JPEG
2,291 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 5.5
Noise, std dev: 5.7

At ISO 400 the difference is much more pronounced, with the SD400 image having lost lots of fine detail (and contrast) due to very heavy noise reduction. The Panasonic LZ2 fares slightly better by producing a sharper-looking image (with a touch more detail), though again, noise reduction (with Panasonic's trademark 'watercolor' look) and fairly aggressive sharpening has taken its toll. Still, it doesn't take an imaging expert to see which of these ISO 400 results would produce the sharper, more attractive print!

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