Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Review
Compared to... Panasonic TZ1
Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic DMC-TZ3 and its predecessor, the TZ1, at ISO 400
Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)
- Panasonic DMC-TZ3: Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
- Panasonic DMC-TZ1: Program AE mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
- Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.4
ISO 400, 1/640 sec, F3.6
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At ISO 400 there's really not a lot in it; both results show variations on the now familiar Venus III smearing and bleeding of color and the loss of low contrast detail. Again the results are by no means unusable; Panasonic keeps as much of the luminance information as it possibly can, so the higher contrast areas (look, for example, at the words on the batteries and the globe) still look pretty detailed. As with the ISO 100 output it's obvious the TZ3's default settings produce a file which is marginally less sharpened with marginally lower saturation and contrast, though the 'vivid' option lets you increase all three without the need for post-processing.
As with all Venus III output the usability of the TZ3's ISO 400 setting will depend to some extent on the type of picture you're taking, the amount of low contrast detail / texture in the scene, how important the fine color information is and - obviously - how big you want to print. I personally would use these happily for quick portrait snaps in social situations (where the color smearing and red bleeding doesn't really matter - and doesn't even always show), but literally nothing else.
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