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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Gordon Laing, June 2007

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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 noise level comparison


To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ8's noise levels we photographed the standard Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker with it and a number of rivals at each of their ISO settings. We've included the Fujifilm F30 here as it represents one of the better compacts when it comes to noise.

The crops are taken from the original images and presented here at 100%. To compare typical noise in skies and dark shadows the crops were taken from patches 3 and 24 respectively.

Unlike many cameras in this particular test, the Panasonic Lumix FZ8 shows some noise speckles even at its lowest sensitivities. The flat colours of the Gretag chart often hide the effects of smearing through noise reduction, but it's interesting to note the FZ8 does indeed show visible speckles in real-life results even at 100 ISO. These become progressively more obvious in the samples below, until smearing from noise reduction really becomes apparent at 800 ISO and beyond.

As always though you need to compare results of real-life subjects to see what's really going on, so click onto the next page to compare the output of the FZ8 and Sony H9 outdoors at each of their sensitivities. We'll also show you the differences between the FZ8's different noise reduction settings.

Panasonic Lumix FZ8
(STD NR / default)
Panasonic Lumix TZ3
Olympus SP-550UZ
(NR on / default)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 - 80 ISO unavailable
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 - 80 ISO unavailable
Olympus SP-550UZ at 50 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 80 ISO
80 ISO unavailable
80 ISO unavailable
50 ISO
80 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 100 ISO
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 100 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 100 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 200 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 200 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 400 ISO
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 400 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 400 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 800 ISO
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 800 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 800 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO,
800 ISO
800 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 1250 ISO
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 1250 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 1600 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 1600 ISO
1250 ISO
1250 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
Panasonic Lumix FZ8 at 3200 ISO
Panasonic Lumix TZ3 at 3200 ISO
Olympus SP-550UZ at 3200 ISO (NR enabled)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 at 3200 ISO
3200 ISO
(High Sensitivity mode)
3200 ISO
(High Sensitivity mode)
3200 ISO (3 mpixel)
3200 ISO

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 results continued...

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