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Compared to... Kodak V610

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak EasyShare V610 and the Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at ISO 400.

Note: The V610 doesn't have a custom (measured) white balance function, so these are the most neutral results we could get using one of the preset white balance presets. 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 400)

  • Kodak V610 : Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ1: Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare V610 TELE
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.8
ISO 400, 1/640 sec, F3.6
1,164 KB JPEG
1,951 KB JPEG

On the positive side the V610's ISO 400 mode is still pretty colorful (there's a lot less desaturation than you see with some cameras), and for a small print you could just about get away with using it. But the noise - and strong noise reduction - are having a destructive effect on detail that means you wouldn't want to make a big print, and combined with the compression artefacts, it simply doesn't bear close scrutiny. It's - just - usable, but it isn't pleasant (nor, it should be said, is the Panasonic TZ1 image, though at least that retains some detail).

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