Compared to... Casio Exilim EX-V7

I think it's fair to say that - even more than the TZ1 - the TZ3 has few, if any, direct competitors, thanks to that lens range (only Ricoh offers anything similar). There are, however, an increasing number of 'big zoom, small camera' compacts appearing, one of which - the Casio EX-V7 - we happen to have in the studio at the moment. In this section you'll find studio comparisons at each camera's lowest ISO setting, ISO 400 and ISO 800 (the highest manual setting on the V7.

Studio scene comparison (TZ3 @ ISO 100, EX-V7 @ ISO 64)

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ3: Program AE mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Casio EX-V7: Aperture Priority AE mode, ISO 64, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-TZ3
Casio EX-V7
ISO 100, 1/80 sec, F4.4
ISO 64, 1/25 sec, F5.2
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Say what you like about Panasonic's 'noise (reduction) problem' but there's no denying the quality of its optics, which invariably put competitors to shame - even here, where the lens lacks the biting sharpness of some of the other Lumix models. The difference is particularly noticeable as you move towards the edges and corners of the frame, where the Casio starts to lose sharpness (and you can see obvious distortion).

The Casio output is slightly more saturated in the blue/green (which is great for skies and foliage), but a little more subtle in the reds (where the Panasonic is, if anything, a little over the top), and the output looks a little more sharpened.