Previous page Next page

Compared to...

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-L10 vs Olympus E-510

Camera settings:

  • Panasonic DMC-L10: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100, film mode standard,
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Mirror Lock Up, 2 sec self-timer
     
  • Olympus E-510: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Anti-shock 2 sec
Panasonic DMC-L10 + 50mm F2
Olympus E-510
4,538 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
5,692 KB (3648 x 2736)

Here's an interesting comparison. We know that the L10 and the E-510 share certain components (the mirror box and viewfinder for certain), but we're relatively certain it's not the same sensor (we suspect it's more likely to be the sensor in the new E3, but that's pure speculation). Looking at these two results side by side I'm struck by several things. First there's the sharpness (which goes, by a whisker, to the L10) - though as shown below this is more a result of the E-510's excessive noise reduction than anything else. Second is color, which though very similar is slightly cooler and far more subdued (lower saturation) in the L10 image. Finally there's the way that extreme highlights are dealt with. If you look at the paper clips it's obvious that the L10's JPEG processing has a far softer highlight roll-off than the E-510, leading to far less harsh clipping.

Panasonic DMC-L10 vs Olympus E-510 (NF Off)

Camera settings:

  • Panasonic DMC-L10: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100, film mode standard,
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Mirror Lock Up, 2 sec self-timer
     
  • Olympus E-510: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Noise Filter Off, Sharpness -2, Anti-shock 2 sec
Panasonic DMC-L10
Olympus E-510
4,538 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
6,810 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

Using the E-510's 'optimum' settings makes a huge difference and completely reverses the situation at the top of this page, with the Olympus output now looking far crisper than the L10. Of course this is mainly down to the level of sharpening applied (the amount of detail in the shots seems to be more or less identical). The L10's JPEG processing is a touch on the soft side, but it does look very clean and only needs a quick unsharp mask applying to crispen it up.

Previous page Next page
9
I own it
0
I want it
3
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments