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Panasonic DMC-FZ30 review Gordon Laing, January 2006



/ Resolution / Noise / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

Panasonic DMC-FZ30 purple fringing comparison

  To measure purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a custom test chart, left, with areas of very high contrast. We used the cameras at their widest and longest focal lengths with the aperture wide open in Aperture Priority mode. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

Like most lenses, purple fringing is visible at wide angle with the FZ30's aperture wide open, but it's no worse than its rivals. Closing the aperture keeps it under check.

Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Canon EOS-350D
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 7.4mm f2.8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 6.2mm f2.8
Canon EOS 350D at 18mm f3.5
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 14.3mm f2.8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
14.3-71.5mm at 14.3mm f2.8
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 88.8mm f3.7
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 66.7mm f4.9
Canon EOS 350D at 55mm f5.6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f4.8
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5.6
14.3-71.5mm at 71.5mm f4.8

Panasonic DMC-FZ30 macro comparison

Panasonic DMC-FZ30 macro test   To measure macro performance we photographed a custom chart using the bundled lenses at a distance and focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction. The dark lines are 10mm apart.

The image left was taken with the Panasonic FZ30 at 7.4mm f8 (equivalent to 35mm). At a distance of 6.3cm, the camera captured an area measuring 86x64mm which while better than the Sony R1, is below the kit lens of the Canon and way behind the impressive Fujifilm result.

Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom macro test
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S macro test
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 macro test
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
Max area of 50x38mm at 2.1cm
  18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
Max area of 66x44mm at 13cm
  14.3-71.5mm at 71.5mm f8
Max area of 102x68mm at 25cm

Results continued...

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