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Compared to... Panasonic FZ30

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Samsung Pro815 and the similarly specified Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Samsung Pro815 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ30: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV
     
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Samsung Pro815
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
ISO 400, 1/500 sec, F5.0
ISO 400, 1/250 sec, F5.6
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At ISO 400 differences are more to do with in-camera processing (specifically sharpening and noise reduction). The FZ30 has lower measurable noise (though it's still pretty high), but has so at the expense of the loss of a lot of detail. I was pleased to see that Samsung has chosen to use fairly subtle (i.e. low) noise reduction, meaning you don't lose anywhere near the amount of detail, and if you want, you can do your own noise reduction with software such as Noise Ninja, which will at least allow you control over the process. That said, the lack of image stabilization means that Pro815 users will need to use ISO 400 when FZ30 owners could get away with ISO 100 or 200, which kind of makes it something of a moot point. My only real complaint is that the image is again over-sharpened, with some faintly obvious halos around edges, but again you can reduce this by turning down the in-camera sharpness level, or eliminate it entirely by shooting raw.

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