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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Gordon Laing, June 2007

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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 purple fringing comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ8's purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using it and a number of rival super-zoom models.

We used the lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths and with the apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

The FZ8 exhibits a little coloured fringing in this test, but unlike the Sony H9 and Olympus SP-550UZ, it's rarely noticed in real-life shots. It can be a problem for these other cameras though. Note the compact TZ3 does very well in this test.

Panasonic Lumix FZ8
Panasonic Lumix TZ3
Olympus SP-550UZ
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 6mm f2.8
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 4.6mm f3.3
Olympus SP-550UZ at 4.7mm f2.8
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 5.2mm f2.7
6-72mm at 6mm f2.8
4.6-46mm at 4.6mm f3.3
4.7-84.2mm at 4.7mm f2.8
5.2-78mm at 5.2mm f2.7
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 72mm f3.3
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 46mm f4.9
Olympus SP-550UZ at 84.2mm f4.5
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 78mm f4.5
6-72mm at 72mm f3.3
4.6-46mm at 46mm f4.9
4.7-84.2mm at 84.2mm f4.5
5.2-78mm at 78mm f4.5


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 macro comparison

 

To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ8's macro performance we photographed a custom chart using it and a number of rival super-zoom models with their built-in lenses.

Each camera was positioned at a distance and set to a focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction.

The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test. The image left was taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 in its Macro mode.

6-72mm at 6mm
Max area of 44x42mm
 

The FZ8 has respectable macro capabilities, and if you'd like to minimise distortion and shadows, simply stand back and zoom-in; we have two examples in our FZ8 Gallery taken like this. So a fair result for the FZ8, but the Olympus SP-550UZ still does best of all here.


Panasonic Lumix TZ3
Olympus SP-550UZ
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Olympus SP-550UZ macro test
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 macro test
4.6-46mm at 6mm
Max area of 50x38mm
  4.7-84.2mm at 10mm
Max area of 32x24mm
  5.2-78mm at 5.2mm
Max area of 36x26mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 results continued...

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