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Compared to... Canon PowerShot G10 & Nikon Coolpix P6000

Finally we compare our trio of photographers' compacts at ISO 1600. This is the highest sensitivity setting offered by the G10 and the highest at which the Nikon produces full-resolution output. The LX3 offers a predictably disappointing 3200 setting (click here to see the image), while the P6000 offers 3200 and an ambitious 6400 at 3 megapixels.

Studio scene comparison (LX3, Canon G10 & Nikon P6000 @ ISO 1600)

  • Panasonic DMC-LX3: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Canon PowerShot G10 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Nikon Coolpix P6000 : Manual mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance.
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-LX3
Canon PowerShot G10
Nikon Coolpix P6000
ISO 1600, 1/2000 sec, F3.5
ISO 1600, 1/1250 sec, F4
ISO 1600, 1/400 sec, F4.1
3,783 KB JPEG
3,735 KB JPEG
5,464 KB JPEG

It was never going to be pretty but there are some pretty unpleasant results here. The G10's noise reduction has obliterated most of the detail in its image and hammered the contrast too. For fans of watercolors, perhaps? The Nikon has made an even bigger mess of things, peppering its image with white speckling and producing unsightly yellow blotches across other parts of the image.

And, although the LX3's output isn't exactly a paragon of image quality, it's hard not to conclude that it's producing the best results at this point. There's all the noise and noise reduction degradation you'd expect of a compact camera working at this sensitivity setting but it's balanced the two well and produced a good compromise result, retaining some detail and producing the most accurate color of the three.

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alvaro gonzalez novoa
By alvaro gonzalez novoa (10 months ago)

tengo una duda , se pueden realizar fotos con esta cámara con e ldisplay apagado ?? I have a question, you can take pictures with this camera and ldisplay off?? Gracias/ thanks

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soyo
By soyo (3 days ago)

Si, se puede. Yes, you can.

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