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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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).

Panasonic DMC-L10 vs. Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi)

Camera settings:

  • Panasonic DMC-L10: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100, film mode standard,
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Mirror Lock Up, 2 sec self-timer
  • Canon EOS 400D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
Panasonic DMC-L10
Canon EOS 400D
4,538 KB JPEG (3648 x 2736)
3,351 KB JPEG (3888 x 2592)

The L10's Four-Thirds sensor gives it a slight vertical pixel advantage (it's 144 pixels higher), though you'd never know it to look at these crops. Aside from a slightly different color mapping (particularly in the greens and blues) the main difference here is in the sharpness (detail is almost identical), with Canon's default JPEG output a touch sharper.

Overall Canon is producing a slightly punchier out of camera result, but the L10's output is less processed-looking (and though it looks a little softer, if anything it has slightly better pixel level detail in low contrast areas). The 400D is handling the clipping of highlights slightly better (though the difference isn't huge) thanks to it's marginally wider dynamic range.

Ultimately - color aside (and we're only comparing default settings here - both cameras offer plenty of user controls) - there's not enough difference here that you'd see it in even the largest print.