Resolution Chart Comparison

Comparison cameras:

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ30 (8MP, 12x zoom)
  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 (8MP, 7x zoom)
  • Nikon Coolpix 8700 (8 MP, 10x zoom)
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 (8 MP, 7.1x zoom)
  • Canon PowerShot Pro 1 (8 MP, 7.1x zoom)
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ20 (8MP, 12x zoom)

Shots are of the PIMA/ISO 12233 standard resolution test chart (more of which are available in our comparison database). This resolution chart allows us to measure the actual performance of the lens and sensor system. It measures the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions and enables us to provide a definitive value for comparison purposes. Values on the chart are 1/100th lines per picture height. Thus a value of 15 equates to 1500 lines per picture height.

Studio light, cameras set to auto, settings all factory default. If possible aperture was selected for optimum sharpness. Exposure compensation +0.7 EV to +1.3 EV.

Panasonic DMC-FZ30 (2,845 KB; 8 MP) Nikon Coolpix 8700 (2,179 KB; 8 MP)
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
(1,712 KB; 8 MP)
Canon PowerShot Pro1 (2,801 KB; 8 MP)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 (3,116 KB; 8 MP) Panasonic DMC-FZ20 (1,846 KB; 5 MP)

Resolution chart crops

Panasonic DMC-FZ30 Nikon Coolpix 8700
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Canon PowerShot Pro 1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 Nikon Coolpix 8700
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Canon PowerShot Pro 1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 Panasonic DMC-FZ20

Measurable findings

Camera Measurement
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 Horiz LPH 1750 +2000
Vert LPH 1800 +2000 
5° Diagonal LPH + 1000 n/a
Konica Minolta A200 Horiz LPH *1650 *1900 
Vert LPH *1500 *1850 
5° Diagonal LPH #+ 1000  n/a
Canon PowerShot Pro 1 Horiz LPH 1700 1950
Vert LPH 1650  * 1950 
5° Diagonal LPH #+ 1000  n/a
Nikon Coolpix 8700 Horiz LPH 1600  * 1900
Vert LPH 1500 1850
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 Horiz LPH 1650  * 1950
Vert LPH 1550 1950
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
Panasonic DMC-FZ20 Horizontal LPH 1350 1650
Vertical LPH 1300 1600
5° Diagonal LPH +1000 n/a
* Moiré is visible
# Jagged diagonals
+ Chart maximum
LPH Lines per Picture Height (to allow for different aspect ratios the measurement is the same for horizontal and vertical)
5° Diagonal Lines set at 5° diagonal
Absolute res. Point at which all lines of a resolution bar are still visible and defined, beyond this resolution loss of detail occurs (below Nyquist frequency).
Extinction res. Detail beyond camera's definition (becomes aliased)
n/a Not Available (above the capability of the test chart)
n/v Not Visible (not visible on test results)

The FZ30 sets new standards for resolution in this class of camera, with clean, moiré-free results that pretty much go off the end of the chart. And the best news is you can eek even more resolution out of the lens/sensor combination by shooting RAW (as long as you've got a copy of Photoshop or Elements and the latest ACR plug-in) - see the next page for details.