Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 Review
Compared to... Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom
Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic LX1 (4:3 mode) and the Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom at ISO 400. The F10 Zoom also has full-resolution ISO 800 and 1600 modes - to see these results please visit the corresponding pages in the F10 review.
Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)
- Panasonic DMC-LX1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
- Fuji FinePix F10 : Program mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Fujifilm FinePix F10
ISO 400, 1/400 sec, F4.9
ISO 400, 1/345 sec, F4.3
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At ISO 400 the noise - and the effects of noise reduction - have become a serious problem - and this is a fairly bright scene (in very low light the noise is much worse). For all the talk of Fujifilm 'cheating' at higher ISO's in the F10 by using stronger noise reduction it's obvious which camera is capturing more fine detail - and which has the more appealing output at ISO 400. What's most disappointing here is how much chroma (color) noise there is - again it's worst in blue areas. If you intend to produce fairly small prints (5x7 inches, say), the noise won't be a serious issue, otherwise I'd stick to ISO 100 and put my faith in the image stabilization system.
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