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Below you will find a studio comparison between the Konica Minolta Z2 and the similarly specified Panasonic DMC-FZ10 at ISO400

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Konica Minolta Dimage Z2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
     
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ10: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
     
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Panasonic DMC-FZ10
ISO 400, 1/10 sec, F5
ISO 400, 1/13 sec, F5.2
1,325 KB JPEG
1,372 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 5.1
Noise, std dev: 6.0

At ISO400 the noise situation is considerably less appealing, with both cameras producing results that look pretty grainy. Again the Z2 wins here, certainly in terms of measured noise. Visually there is less difference than the figures might suggest, though if you look at the crop of the watch face the higher noise in the Panasonic image is very evident, Conversely, at ISO400 the Panasonic image looks distinctly sharper, perhaps as a result of a less aggressive noise reduction system. I wouldn't want to be using the Z2 at ISO 400 too often, which is a pity as the long lens and lack of image stabilization mean you want the highest shutter speed you can muster.

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