Compared to... Panasonic FS-20

Here is a comparison of how the Sony and the Panasonic behave at ISO 800 - usually the highest setting you can get away with hitting before all detail is lost.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 800)

  • Sony T300: Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Cool white fluorescent white balance, +0.70 EV compensation
  • Panasonic FS-20: Program mode, ISO 800, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Sony T300
Panasonic FS-20
ISO 800, 1/400 sec, F5.6
ISO 800, 1/400 sec, F5.6
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All of the problems identified at the base ISO setting are taken to their obvious conclusion by the time we reach ISO 800. Chroma noise is visible across all areas of flat color and both detail and contrast are being scrubbed away by noise reduction. The sharpening artifacts are visible all across the frame too. The Sony noise reduction isn't smoothing the image quite as blatantly as the Panasonic does on the watchface but is also failing to retain the level of detail that can still be seen in the FS20 image - which is worrying, given that the Panasonic's lens appears to be softer, capturing less detail in the first place.