Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Konica Minolta Z2 and the similarly specified Panasonic DMC-FZ10. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 50)

  • Konica Minolta Dimage Z2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ10: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance
  • Lighting: Two 800W studio lamps with dichroic daylight filters bounced off the ceiling
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Panasonic DMC-FZ10
ISO 50, 0.6 sec, F5
ISO 50, 0.5 sec, F5.2
1,254 KB JPEG
1,232 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 3.0
Noise, std dev: 3.2

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results from these two cameras in the controlled environment of the studio are not that different. Dynamic range and colour are very similar, though the Konica Minolta Z2 has produced a considerably more neutral (and therefore accurate) result, certainly compared to the rather warm result from the Panasonic FZ10. Reds are very slightly oversaturated on the Z2's result, but this is likely to please the casual snapper wanting pictures with punch. Both cameras err a little towards high contrast, but this can be reduced slightly using the in-camera controls. In terms of noise there's not much in it, the Z2 is very clean at ISO50, the Z10 only marginally noisier. Sharpness is slightly better in the Panasonic image, though is in part down to slightly more aggressive in-camera sharpening (there a fairly small difference in the amount of detail captured). Both cameras manage to maintain sharpness across the frame well - considering the limitations of such large lenses - with the Panasonic Z10 just beating the KM Z2 at the edges, and especially in the corners of the frame, where the Z2's lens just starts to lose critical sharpness.