Compared to... Sony DSC-HX1, Panasonic Lumix FZ28

Here we compare the SX1 IS with the FZ28 (which with the SX10 IS was joint winner of the superzoom roundup we performed at the start of the year) and with the first of a new wave of superzooms with CMOS technology - the Sony DSC-HX1.

Studio scene comparison (SX1 IS @ ISO 80, HX1 @ ISO 125, FZ28 @ ISO 100)

  • Canon PowerShot SX1 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Sony DSC-HX1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 125, Default Image Parameters,
    Auto white balance, +0.70 EV compensation

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ28: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
Sony DSC-HX1
Panasonic Lumix FZ28
ISO 80, 1/30 sec, F5.0
ISO 125, 1/125 sec, F4.0
ISO 100, 1/60 sec, F5
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3,982 KB JPEG
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Slight white balance differences aside, there's not a lot to choose between these three models, and at base ISO all of these cameras produce very similar fine detail and noise. None looks that great up close, but at more reasonable viewing magnifications (on-screen or in a print) they're fine. There are slight differences in the amount of sharpening applied (the Sony is the highest). All three cameras are struggling to resolve the fine detail of the coin on the front of the martini bottle - partly we suspect due to the use of noise reduction used, even at base ISO. There is little - if any - visible noise in any of the shots.