Compared to... Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Fuji FinePix F200 EXR and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Studio scene comparison (@ lowest ISO)

  • Fuji FinePix F200 EXR: EXR HR mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR
Panasonic LX3
ISO 100, 1/70 sec, F4.3
ISO 80, 1/125 sec, F3.2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 is probably the best all-round photographer's compact that we've tested. It boasts quality build, retro styling and a fast (if range-limited) lens to back up its premium price. The F200 EXR has a more versatile (though significantly slower) lens, and build and styling that aren't about to challenge the Panasonic. However, at base ISO, the F200 does a good job of keeping up with its more sophisticated rival. The levels of detail are very similar, with the F200 producing slightly sharper results down the right-hand side of the image, where it has focused.

So the 12MP mode seems to offer a resolution advantage over the Lumix's 10MP. However, will the pixel-binned 6MP low-noise mode of the F200 continue to outperform the LX3? We'll see later in the review.