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Compared to... Canon PowerShot S80

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic LX2 (4:3 mode) and the Canon PowerShot S80 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Panasonic DMC-LX2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot S80: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-LX2
Canon PowerShot S80
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.9
ISO 400, 1/570 sec, F5
2,700 KB JPEG
4,157 KB JPEG

Canon's approach to noise reduction in its small sensor compacts has of late been fairly restrained, leaving you with grainy, but sharp results that contain a decent level of detail. Panasonic's result, by comparison, looks soft, smudgy and - in the areas where the reds bleed and show banding - downright unpleasant. Of course noise is always going to be an issue with this kind of pixel density, and ultimately it's often a matter of taste. My taste is not the Venus III smearing of the LX2.

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