Compared to... Panasonic TZ3

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Panasonic DMC-TZ5 and its predecessor, the TZ3, at the cameras' highest ISO setting.

Studio scene comparison (TZ5 @ ISO 1600, TZ3 @ ISO 1250)

  • Panasonic DMC-TZ5: Program AE mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-TZ3: Program AE mode, ISO 1250, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-TZ5
Panasonic DMC-TZ3
ISO 1600, 1/1300 sec, F4.4
ISO 1250, 1/800 sec, F4.
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2,555 KB JPEG

At the highest ISO setting the difference in resolution is visible but otherwise the output of the two camera generations is remarkably similar (but keep in mind that the TZ5's highest setting is ISO 1600 while the TZ3 only manages ISO 1250).

At the end of the day the High ISO output from both models is certainly not usable for anything resembling 'serious' photography. The option to shoot at these settings might be useful though when taking some snapshots of your mates in pub (if you're still sober enough to choose the right ISO setting that is...).