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Compared to... Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak Z740 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (ISO 80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Kodak EasyShare Z740: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.5 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 Z740
Panasonic DMC-FZ5
ISO 80, 1/90 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F5.0
932 KB JPEG
2,069 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 1.1
Noise, std dev: 2.1

I don't think you need me to point out that - unsurprisingly - the Panasonic's Leica lens is totally outclassing the Kodak Retinar optic, producing results with significantly more fine detail - albeit with much higher luminance noise (the Z740 has fairly harsh noise reduction even at ISO 80). Note that the Z740 has no manual white balance option, which is why these shots have a slight color cast. In real world (specifically outdoor) shots the well-saturated Kodak colors are pretty accurate - and very pleasing (if a little over-cooked).

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