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Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic FZ20 and the similarly specified Kodak DX7950 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ20: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
     
  • Kodak DX7590 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance (daylight), -0.3 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Kodak DX7590
ISO 400, 1/15 sec, F5.2
ISO 400, 1/10 sec, F5.7
2,415 KB JPEG
1,796 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 5.1
Noise, std dev: 3.6

At ISO 400 bothg cameras show visible noise that would appear in prints over about 6x4 inches; the Kodak sacrifices detail for lower noise (and smoother looking images), but the huge difference in detail is even more evident in these examples than in the lower ISO versions. It is fortunate that the image stabilisation system and F2.8 lens mean you can stay away from ISO 400 most of the time when using the FZ20; this much noise is difficult to remove with even the most sophisticated software tools.

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