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Compared to... Canon SD630 (Ixus 65)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 and the new Canon SD630 (Ixus 65), which features the latest generation of Sony 6MP sensor. We have included samples for the lowest and highest standard ISO settings for the DMC-FX01 (80 and 400).

See later in the review for the FX01's special 'high sensitivity' ISO 800 / 1600 mode.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Panasonic DMC-FX01: Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Canon SD630 (Ixus 65): Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-FX01
Canon SD630
ISO 80, 1/80 sec, F4.3
ISO 80, 1/60 sec, F4.5
1,643 KB JPEG
2,299 KB JPEG

Although the Canon SD630 is obviously capturing a little more detail and has marginally better edge-to-edge sharpness, the difference isn't huge, and the Canon's lens (35-105mm) doesn't have the wideangle - or the zoom range - of the FX01, nor is it quite as compact. Color is similar (save for the typical Canon reds). From a noise point of view at ISO 80 the Panasonic chip seems to be roughly on a par with the new Sony sensor, though the smoother look of the FX01 result seems to suggest slightly more aggressive noise reduction.

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