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Compared to... Fujifilm FinePix F10

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 and the similarly specified Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom (our current 6 megapixel benchmark camera). 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
     
  • Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-FX01
Fujifilm FinePix F10
ISO 80, 1/80 sec, F4.3
ISO 80, 1/70 sec, F4.3
1,643 KB JPEG
2,967 KB JPEG

At ISO 80 the FX01 produces very clean, well detailed images with good color and contrast, although the Fuji F10 is capturing marginally more detail (an observation borne out by resolution testing). The images show rich, natural color (with less over saturated reds than the FX9) and although sharpness is lower than the FX9 (this appears to be due to a combination of a slightly softer lens, fairly strong noise reduction and less aggressive sharpening).

Overall there's little to complain about here - the FX01's little Leica lens is certainly very good for such a compact camera, especially considering it's unique wide range. The noise reduction could be turned down a little, and there is an obvious fall-off in sharpness in the corners, but it's still a very impressive result.

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