Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon SD450 (IXUS 55) and the 5MP Panasonic DMC-LZ2. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (Canon SD450: ISO 50 and 400, Panasonic LZ2: ISO 80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (Canon SD450 @ ISO 50, Panasonic LZ2 @ ISO 80)

  • Canon PowerShot SD450: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 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 SD450 (IXUS 55)
Panasonic DMC-LZ2
ISO 50, 1/125 sec, F3.5
ISO 80, 1/125 sec, F3.3
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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). In terms of detail there isn't a lot in it either - the SD450 is slightly softer at the edges and in the corners, 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 is worth noting that the exposure values indicate that the Panasonic is less sensitive than the Canon (Canon tends to understate the ISO equivalent values of its sensitivity settings).