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Compared to... Canon Powershot SX1 IS, Panasonic Lumix FZ28

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Sony DSC-HX1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Auto white balance, +0.70 EV compensation
     
  • Canon PowerShot SX1 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ28: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony DSC-HX1
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
Panasonic Lumix FZ28

ISO 400, 1/400 sec, F4

ISO 400, 1/160 sec, F5

ISO 400, 1/250 sec, F5
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At ISO 400 all three cameras are having to use fairly heavy noise reduction and as a result they don't look too pretty viewed this close. The HX1 and Panasonic do a little better than the Canon; of the two the FZ28 has marginally better fine detail and the HX1's excessive noise reduction is taking its toll on texture in the shot. Whether higher noise levels with more detail is better than lower noise with fewer fine details is a oft-debated point, but the HX1 has the distinct disadvantage of being the only camera in this comparison that does not feature RAW, which would allow you to make the decision on noise reduction vs fine detail in post processing.

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