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Compared to... Panasonic TZ3 and Canon SX100 IS

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3, Panasonic DMC-TZ3 and the Canon Powershot SX100 IS at ISO 400.

Please note that the the DSC-H3 only has two aperture settings at any given focal length. Sony has told us that the aperture control only engages/disengages an ND filter. Therefore using a 'smaller' aperture does not alter depth of field, nor does it adversely affect image quality through diffraction effects.

Studio scene comparison @ ISO 400

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3: Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ3: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Canon Powershot SX100 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-H3
Panasonic DMC-TZ3
Canon SX100 IS
ISO 400, 1/100 sec, F8
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.4
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.5
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2,188 KB JPEG
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At ISO 400 noise and its reduction take their toll. Fine detail is being blurred on all three cameras and the manufacturers' different anti-noise strategies are evident. While the Panasonic heavily blurs Chroma and Luminance noise (the images are starting to look a little washed-out) the Canon approach is much more conservative, retaining more image detail but also displaying more noise and artefacts.

Sony's approach sits roughly in the middle - there's more NR than the Canon, but less than the Panasonic, and the H3 manages to retain a decent amount of detail at an acceptable noise level. You would not want to blow the H3's output up to poster size but for your standard 6x4 print it's more than good enough.

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