Compared to...

For interest we thought we'd also include a direct comparison with the DMC-FZ5's big brother, the DMC-FZ20, which shares a very similar basic specification. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (80 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ5: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ20: Manual mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance.
  • Lighting: Six 18W Full Spectrum (>98 CRI) fluorescent tubes
Panasonic DMC-FZ5
Panasonic DMC-FZ20
ISO 80, F5.0
ISO 80, F5.6
1,610 KB JPEG
2,068 KB JPEG
Noise, std dev: 2.4
Noise, std dev: 2.4

What's interesting here is that the FZ5 - which shares a sensor with the more expensive FZ20, but has a less high spec lens (no ED elements) is producing results that are to all intents and purposes indistinguishable from its bigger brother. Very impressive.