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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Panasonic DMC-G1 vs. Canon PowerShot G10

Camera settings:

  • Panasonic DMC-G1: Panasonic Vario G 14-45mm F3.5-5.6, Manual Exposure, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
  • Canon Powershot G10: integrated lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 80
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Normal), Self-Timer
Panasonic DMC-G1
Canon PowerShot G10
4.8 MB JPEG (4000 x 3000)
3.1 MB JPEG (4416 x 3312)

Without the famously sharp Olympus prime lens, the G1 doesn't produce quite such stellar images, but they still have a very high level of detail, especially in the center of the frame. Here, against the compact that has produced the highest resolution in this test (at this, it's lowest ISO setting, anyway), it holds its own pretty well. The G10 image looks sharper than the G1 but it also shows the signs of extensive sharpening having been applied. The G1 shows similar amounts of fine detail, however, so it should be possible to achieve similar results if sharpening were pushed up. Note also that the G1's larger sensor means you're getting less depth of field compared to the G10, and this must be taken into consideration when comparing these shots.

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marc petzold

I still like to have my G1 as a walk-around tool, for just the photograph by accident. the kitlens still performs well, even with the distortions, but therefore PTlens comes in way handy, all in all, even 2014 a good walk-by setup for the unexpected shot.