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Compared to.. Panasonic Alumni DMC-FZ5

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak Z740 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 400)

  • Kodak EasyShare Z740 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.5 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ5: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Kodak EasyShare Z740
Panasonic DMC-FZ5
ISO 400, 1/362 sec, F5.0
ISO 400, 1/240 sec, F5.0
1,109 KB JPEG
2,394 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.2
Noise, std dev: 3.4

At ISO 400 the effects of noise - and noise reduction - have taken their toll on both images (although again it is obvious the FZ5 is retaining much more fine detail). The Z740 image has considerable lower luminance noise, but the noise reduction is producing an even softer image, as opposed to the Panasonic's sharp, but 'watercolor-like' effect. At the end of the day these small 5MP chips are pretty noisy, and manufacturers each have their own ways of disguising the effects of noise at higher ISOs, with varying degrees of success. What this comparison shows is that no matter how the noise reduction is applied, it pays to start with a sharp lens in the first place.

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