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Compared to...Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon SX100 IS and the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 at ISO 800

Studio scene comparison @ ISO 800

  • Canon SX100 IS: Aperture Priority AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
     
  • Panasonic DMC-TZ3: Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon SX100 IS
Panasonic DMC-TZ3
ISO 800, 1/640 sec, F4.5
ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F4.4
3,669 KB JPEG
2,304 KB JPEG

At ISO 800 the noise that is the curse of such small sensors is clearly starting to become intrusive, though again Canon's approach is to retain image detail by leaving luminance noise almost untouched and concentrate on blurring the chroma noise. This works quite well and although you probably would not want to print any of the SX100 IS' ISO 800 images at large size, the output is not unusable. Panasonic's anti-noise strategy is much more heavy-handed. There is less visible noise but a lot of detail gets blurred away. At the end of the day it is all a matter of personal taste.

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