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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Gordon Laing, October 2006

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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 corner sharpness comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ50's corner sharpness 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.

We used the built-in lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths and with various apertures. The crops are taken from the extreme lower left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

As with its predecessor, the FZ50 has a great quality lens. It's particularly impressive in the corners, even with the aperture wide open. Here it comfortably beats the kit lens of the Canon 400D / XTi along with its closest super-zoom rival, the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000. It's a very impressive result for the FZ50 (and of course the FZ30 before it).

Note: crop details which appear smaller here are due to them being captured with lower resolution cameras and / or a lens which couldn't focus as close to the chart. In each case though, the crop still represents the extreme left corner of each camera's frame. The Canon 400D / XTi shows a different part of the chart because it takes wider 3:2 aspect images, but these still represent the extreme left corner. The Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 crops were taken from our older ISO chart, but again still represent the extreme corner.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Canon 400D / XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f2.8
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f3.5
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 6.2mm f2.8
Panasonic TZ1 at 5mm f2.8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
5-52mm at 5mm f2.8
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f5.6
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 6.2mm f5.6
Panasonic TZ1 at 5mm f5
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f5.6
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f8
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f5.6
5-52mm at 5mm f5
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f8
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f16
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 6.2mm f8
Panasonic TZ1 - only two aperature settings available
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f16
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
Only two aperture settings available
             
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Canon 400D / XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f3.7
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f5.6
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 66.7mm f4.9
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5-6
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
5-52mm at 52mm f4.2
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f5.6
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 66.7mm f5.6
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f7.1
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f5.6
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f5.6
5-52mm at 52mm f7.1
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f8
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f16
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 66.7mm f8
Panasonic TZ1 - only two aperature settings available
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f8
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f16
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f8
Only two aperture settings available

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 results continued...

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