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Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic FZ20 and the similarly specified Kodak DX7950. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ20: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
     
  • Kodak DX7590 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance (daylight), +2.0 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Kodak DX7590
ISO 80, 0.3 sec, F5.2
ISO 80, 0.5 sec, F5.6
1,999 KB JPEG
1,458 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.3
Noise, std dev: 1.9

Despite similarities in the color and tonal range between the two cameras (note that the slight color differences are white balance-related) there are important differences when you start to look a little closer. Most importantly it is obvious that the Leica 12x optic is considerably sharper than the Kodak lens, and the FZ20 is capturing a huge amount of detail edge to edge. Noise is fairly high (as it is in many 5MP cameras), though given that you don't really need to sharpen much it is certainly not a serious issue at ISO 80, and even at 100% these images look sharp, and relatively clean.

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