Canon PowerShot S110 Ken McMahon, February 2013
 
 

Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix LX7 quality

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To compare real-life performance when zoomed out I shot this scene with the Canon PowerShot S110 and the Panasonic Lumix LX7, within a few moments of each other using their best quality JPEG settings; RAW results will follow on the next page.

Both cameras were mounted on a tripod and image stabilisation was disabled. The lenses were set to their maximum wide angle focal lengths, equivalent to 24mm for both cameras.

Both cameras were set to Aperture Priority mode and tone enhancement features were left on the default settings.

  Canon PowerShot S110 results
1 Canon S110 Quality JPEG
2 Canon S110 Quality RAW
3 Canon S110 Noise JPEG
4 Canon S110 Noise RAW
5 Canon S110 Sample images

The image above was taken with the PowerShot S110 set to Aperture priority mode with the aperture set to f4 and the sensitivity manually set to 80 ISO. The S110 metered an exposure of 1/400. Also in Aperture priority mode and set to f4 with the sensitivity set to 80 ISO, the Lumix LX7 metered the same exposure.

The conditions when I took these test shots were cloudy but bright and as such not particularly demanding from an exposure point of view. All the same, the PowerShot S110 has made a good job of the exposure and the histogram stops just short of the right edge of the graph. White balance is good and the colours are well saturated and natural looking for a low contrast scene such as this.

Moving to the crops, overall there's a good level of detail, little noticeable noise and consistency across the frame from the centre to the edges. The first crop shows a reasonable amount of detail in the chapel and the grassy foreground but the fine detail is a little indistinct. While there's no doubt more detail here than would be recorded by a typical 1/2.3in compact sensor it falls short of what you could expect from, say a Four Thirds or APS-C sized sensor.

The second crop looks similar to the first in terms of the detail. The lighthouse is a distinct white column and the edges of the window frames in the middle ground are well defined. I've seen more detail in the roof tiles in crops from cameras with larger sensors, but, again, this is better than you could expect from a typical compact. The third crop from close to the frame edge shows no evidence of chromatic aberration and the detail is almost as sharp as at the centre, but there a slight coarseness to the detail that's absent elsewhere.

Finally the last crop from close to the middle of the frame is remarkably consistent with the first two. Often you'll see a improvement in sharpness in this crop, but if you compare the windowframes in this crop with those in the lighthouse crop you'll see that though they are marginally crisper the difference is slight. That simply means, at the 24mm equivalent setting and at f4, the PowerShot S110's lens produces consistent result from the centre to the frame edge.

To sum up, the lens, sensor and Digic 5 procesor in the PowerShot S110 between them produce excellent quality results that are superior to what you could expect from a typical high end compact with a 1/2.3in sensor. These crops look a little less punchy than I'm used to seeing from Canon though.

With its 10 Megapixel sensor, the crops from the Lumix LX7 show a larger area with smaller image detail. The Lumix LX7 crops look to be a little bit sharper and more detailed than those from the PowerShot S110 though. The difference is very small though, and not significant enough to influence choosing the LX7 over the S110 on quality grounds.

Check out my Canon PowerShot S110 RAW quality results on the next page or see how these models compare at higher sensitivities in my Canon PowerShot S110 Noise results.

 

Canon PowerShot S110
 
Panasonic Lumix LX7
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
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f4, 80 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 80 ISO
f4, 80 ISO


Canon PowerShot S110
results : Quality / RAW quality / Noise / RAW Noise


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