Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon SD400 (IXUS 50) and the 5MP Panasonic DMC-LZ2. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (Canon SD400: ISO 50 and 400, Panasonic LZ2: ISO 80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (Canon SD400 @ ISO 50, Panasonic LZ2 @ ISO 80)

  • Canon PowerShot SD400: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-LZ2: Program mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot SD400 (IXUS 50)
Panasonic DMC-LZ2
ISO 50, 1/79 sec, F4
ISO 80, 1/125 sec, F3.3
2,051 KB JPEG
1,799 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 1.6
Noise, std dev: 1.4

There's not a huge difference tonally between the Panasonic and Canon cameras (the minor color differences are due to manual white balance measurement differences). The Canon leans towards highly saturated reds, whereas the LZ2 has a slightly more natural tone. In terms of detail there isn't a lot in it either - the SD400 is very, very slightly softer at the edges, but both cameras are producing pretty impressive results (the Panasonic image has slightly higher in-camera sharpening, which gives it a slightly 'crisper' look, but the amount of detail captured is very similar). It's also interesting to see that the results are visually more detailed than those we got from the 4MP PowerShot SD300 (IXUS 40).