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Compared to... Panasonic DMC-FZ7

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic DMC-TZ1 and the Panasonic DMC-FZ7, at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ1: Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

    Panasonic DMC-FZ7: Aperture Priority mode (F5.0), ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual (preset) white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Panasonic DMC-FZ7
ISO 400, 1/640 sec, F3.6
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F5.0
1,951 KB JPEG
1,862 KB JPEG

Two cameras, similar sensor, similar lens quality, different processor. The FZ7's Venus II processor is much less effective at reducing noise, and the artefacts are more distinct, but at least a fair proportion of the detail captured by that excellent lens is preserved. By comparison the TZ1's Venus III engine produces an effect that makes everything look like it was photographed through a dirty window. Bright red tones refuse to stay within their boundaries, most fine detail has disappeared and the result is so soft that its hard to believe this is the same lens used for the lower ISO shot. Venus may well be the goddess of love, but in this case I fear that love really is blind.

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