Lab Report - Studio Comparison

By Kelcey Smith

Our latest test scene is designed to simulate both daylight and low-light shooting. Pressing the 'lighting' buttons at the top of the widget allows you to switch between the two. The daylight scene is shot with manually set white balance, but the camera is left in its Auto setting for the low-light tests.

Note: this page features our new interactive studio scene. Click here for instructions on the widget.

Tthe FZ1000 and RX10 are almost identical twins in terms of sensor technology so it's no surprise they produce very similar images in terms of overall quality. The main differences we see can almost entirely be attributed to lens performance. We have been very impressed with the quality of the FZ1000's lens, which seems to provide a very sharp and even focus across the entire image. Both do a good job of maintaining high contrast detail all the way up to ISO 6400 and even give an earnest attempt at retaining low contrast details. Although we wouldn't recommend regularly shooting at sensitivies above ISO 6400 with either of these cameras the Panasonic begins to pull ahead in terms of overall detail retention. In some cases Panasonic's saturation correction can create blotches of color where there shouldn't be. Higher up the ISO range you begin to see even greater disparity in JPEG image quality between the FZ1000 and the RX10.

When examining the Raw output of both cameras you would be hard-pressed to find any significant image quality difference between them. The one exception however is that Sony is possibly applying a tiny amount of noise reduction to its Raw files which is most noticable at ISO settings above 6400.