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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 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 800)

  • Kodak V610 : Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-TZ1: Program AE mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare V610 TELE
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
ISO 800, 1/630 sec, F4.8
ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F6.3
1,296 KB JPEG
1,972 KB JPEG

At ISO 800 Kodak is obviously stretching the capabilities of the sensor to breaking point, and the combination of noise - and noise reduction - has rendered the image pretty much unusable, except perhaps in an emergency. In our real world tests the noise was a lot worse than this in low light (the studio scene is fairly well lit). Again, it's nice to see that Kodak has at least managed to keep those rich colors, so if you're printing postcard-sized you're going to get a picture that - whilst not pleasant or very detailed - bears some resemblance to the original scene. But - and this is true to a lesser extent for the Panasonic output too - the specification may as well say ISO 800 (for marketing purposes only)...

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