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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Gordon Laing, October 2006

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 resolution comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ50's resolving power we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival models, each using their best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.

The crops are taken from the original images, saved as High Quality JPEGs in Photoshop CS2 and presented here at 100%. Each number represents 100 lines per picture height (lpph), so a figure of 20 means a resolution of 2000 lpph.

We tested the FZ50, Canon 400D / XTi and Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 at every aperture setting and selected the results which were sharpest; at the focal length tested for the FZ50, this was at f4.0. Using this aperture the FZ50 resolved 2100 lpph of horizontal and vertical resolution. This is comfortably higher than its predecessor (albeit originally tested at f8), and puts it ahead of the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 and roughly equivalent to the current crop of 10 Megapixel DSLRs.

It's important to realise while the FZ50 is capable of resolving similar detail to a 10 Megapixel DSLR though, it will only do so at its lowest ISO. Increase the ISO and the resolvable detail falls considerably - see our outdoor noise results page. That said, it's still a good result for the FZ50 in this particular test.


Panansonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Panansonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Panansonic Lumix FZ50 horizontal resolution
2100 lpph, 7.4-88.8mm at 12mm, f4, 100 ISO
1700 lpph, 7.4-88.8mm at 11mm, f8, 80 ISO

Canon EOS 400D with 18-55mm lens
 
Fujifilm S9500 / S9000
Canon EOS 400D horizontal resolution
2000 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
1900 lpph, 6.2-66.7mm at 14mm, f5.6, 80 ISO


Panansonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Panansonic Lumix DMC-FZ30
Panansonic Lumix FZ50 vertical resolution
2100 lpph, 7.4-88.8mm at 12mm, f4, 100 ISO
1750 lpph, 7.4-88.8mm at 11mm, f8, 80 ISO

Canon EOS 400D with 18-55mm lens
 
Fujifilm S9500 / S9000
Canon EOS 400D vertical resolution
2100 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 100 ISO
1900 lpph, 6.2-66.7mm at 14mm, f5.6, 80 ISO

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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