Compared to...

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW workflow.

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.

Panasonic L10 (RAW) vs. Canon EOS 400D (RAW)

Panasonic L10 (RAW)
Canon EOS 400D (RAW)
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Shooting raw and converting using the same settings - and thus removing the effects of the in-camera processing from the equation - produces results that are much, much closer (though as mentioned previously ACR's default settings still struggle to get the reds right and if you look very close you can see some very minor demosaicing problems on the Martini label). Even taking into account the slight vertical resolution advantage given to Four Thirds cameras by our studio test (which is is framed vertically) there's no doubt that at a pixel level the L10's new sensor is doing a fantastic job - though as ever we're talking about differences so small you'd need to be printing giant posters to see them. There's a fraction of visible noise in the L10 shot, but it's insignificant.