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Compared to... Panasonic FZ30

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Samsung Pro815 and what is probably its nearest competitor, the 8MP Panasonic DMC-FZ30. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera; Pro815: ISO 50 and 400, FZ30: ISO 80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (Pro815 @ ISO 50, FZ30 @ ISO 80)

  • Samsung Pro815 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
     
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ30: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV
     
  • Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI.
Samsung Pro815
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
ISO 50, 1/60 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/40 sec, F5.6
3,845 KB JPEG
2,852 KB JPEG

Bright, vivid and slightly over-sharpened images are the order of the day for the Pro815, and looking at the results next to those from the Panasonic FZ30 it's fairly easy to see that there isn't a wide gap between the two. Both cameras show excellent edge-to-edge consistency, plenty of detail and broadly similar color response. Looking closely at the results it's obvious that the FZ30 has a slight advantage when it comes to fine, subtle detail, something masked slightly by the rather over-zealous in-camera sharpening applied by the Pro815. That said, the Pro815 is capable of better results if you can bear to shoot in Raw mode and use Adobe Camera Raw to process the files, which will give you a significant resolution boost, and allow you to avoid the rather steep tone curve applied in-camera. Although you can't really see it - even at 100% as here - the Pro815 image has measurably higher luminance noise and marginally lower chroma noise.

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