Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW conversion notes.

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Olympus E-3 (RAW) vs. Panasonic DMC-L10 (RAW)

Olympus E-3 (RAW)
Panasonic DMC-L10 (RAW)
2.8 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
3,035 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

This is perhaps the most telling comparison in this entire section. We had been led, off the record, to believe that the L10 and the E-3 shared a sensor, which should (given the 'level playing field' processing used) produce identical results in this test (it's the same lens).

Looking at the difference in pixel-level sharpness it's obvious that these cameras don't share an identical sensor; even if the silicon underneath is the same, the E-3 obviously has a considerably stronger anti-alias filter. There are minor color differences too, but these could be down to the profile used by ACR, or minor white balance variation.The L10 doesn't really impress with its JPEG output, but the raw files are capable of delivering some of the best 'per pixel' detail on the market. The E-3's output appears to be far more limited by its sensor, and there is little (if any) 'detail' advantage in shooting raw.