Compared to... Canon Ixus 700 (SD500)

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 and the seven megapixel Canon SD500 (Ixus 700). As the LX1's additional megapixels are in the horizontal axis only we took these shots of our test rig using 4:3 mode, which gives a 6MP image. We have included samples for the lowest and highest ISO settings for each camera (LX1: 80 and 400, SD 550: 50 and 400).

Studio scene comparison (LX1 @ ISO 80, Canon SD 550 @ ISO 50)

  • Panasonic DMC-LX1: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Canon PowerShot SD500: Program mode, ISO 50, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +1.0 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-LX1
Canon PowerShot SD500
ISO 80, 1/80 sec, F4.9
ISO 50, 1/80 sec, F4
2,684 KB JPEG
2,719 KB JPEG

Although the SD 550 (Ixus 750) has around 6.5% more pixels vertically, the LX1 (which has about 35% more pixels horizontally when shooting in 16:9 mode) is picking up more detail and producing a sharper - many would say over-sharp - image. Again you don't need a graph to tell you there's more noise in the LX1 image, though to be fair this is mostly down to Canon's stronger noise reduction, which has resulted in less detail. You can turn up the LX1's noise reduction for a slightly smoother, though less sharp result.