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Compared to... Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak P850 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (P850: ISO 50 & 400, FZ5: ISO 80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (P850 @ ISO 50, FZ5 @ ISO 80)

  • Kodak EasyShare P850 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ5: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare P850
Panasonic DMC-FZ5
ISO 50, 1/40 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F5.0
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I don't think you need me to point out that - unsurprisingly - the Panasonic's Leica lens is totally outclassing the Kodak Schneider optic, producing results with significantly more fine detail from corner to corner. In a small print you'd never see it (and those Kodak colors do produce very attractive prints), but if you are a detail freak you'll find the P850 seriously wanting.

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