Compared to... Panasonic FZ30

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Kodak P880 and the 8MP Panasonic DMC-FZ30. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera; P880: ISO 50 and 400, FZ30: ISO 80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (P880 @ ISO 50, FZ30 @ ISO 80)

  • Kodak EasyShare P880: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ30: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV
  • Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI.
Kodak EasyShare P880
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
ISO 50, 1/40 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/40 sec, F5.6
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Although the Panasonic's Leica lens is squeezing marginally more detail out of our test shot there's not a huge amount in it, and compared to the P850, tested last month, it's obvious that this is a much better class of optic. As usual with Kodak cameras color is excellent, but it's interesting to note that the P880 is producing a much more muted (basically less saturated) result than we're used to seeing from Kodak consumer cameras, and one that is a lot more natural looking. If you're looking for those bright, 'hit you between the eyes' Kodak colors you may well be disappointed by the more subtle output of the P880. Noise-wise there's not much to talk about here - both cameras are fairly clean, and the slightly lower noise of the P880 shot is at the expense of the slightly better fine detail capture of the FZ30. There is also marginally more in-camera sharpening being applied to the Kodak image, but it's nowhere near as intrusive as we saw with the P850 - again this is good news; the sharper lens simply doesn't need it.