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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 800.

Studio scene comparison @ ISO 800

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3: Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, cool white fluorescent white balance, +0.7 EV compensation

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ3: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Canon Powershot SX100 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 800, 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 800, 1/250 sec, F8
ISO 800, 1/500 sec, F4.4
ISO 800, 1/640 sec, F4.5
1,937 KB JPEG
2,304 KB JPEG
3,669 KB JPEG

Manufacturers have not yet found the magic potion to save small sensors from the plague that is image noise. This becomes more than evident at ISO 800. The anti-noise strategies haven't changed and Sony is doing quite well in the balancing act between noise and its reduction. The Canon is significantly noisier at this sensitivity, but looks sharper and more detailed, and the Panasonic blurred the last bit of detail away a long time ago.

It is a matter of preference if you prefer detailed noisy images over blurred noise-free ones or vice versa but in any case you would not want to use the ISO800 setting when shooting images that are to be printed on anything larger than postcard size.

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