Compared to...

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic DMC-FZ5 and the similarly specified Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (DMC-FZ5: 80 and 400, DiMAGE Z5: 50 and 320).

Studio scene comparison (DMC-FZ5 @ ISO 80, DiMAGE Z5 @ ISO 50)

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ5: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5: Manual mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Custom white balance.
  • Lighting: Six 18W Full Spectrum (>98 CRI) fluorescent tubes
Panasonic DMC-FZ5
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z5
ISO 80, F5.0
ISO 50, F5.0
1,610 KB JPEG
1,894 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.4
Noise, std dev: 1.7

Although the overall results from these two very similar cameras are superficially similar, there are important differences. For one thing the Panasonic's lens is capturing a little more fine detail - though there's not a lot in it. The Konica Minolta Z5 image has less luminance noise, but there is some visible chroma noise (see next page), and the stronger noise reduction has resulted in a slight blurring of fine detail. To my eyes the Konica Minolta shot also looks a fraction over-sharpened compared to the Panasonic shot.

Overall both cameras - but more especially the Panasonic - are producing admirably detailed results with an excellent tonal range, accurate colors and no serious problems.