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Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Gordon Laing, October 2006

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 noise level comparison


To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix L1's noise levels we photographed the standard Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker with it and a number of rivals at each of their ISO settings. The L1 was set to its Standard film mode which employs the camera's minimum noise reduction value of -2.

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.

Up to 400 ISO, the L1's crops are clean and comparable to the current crop of 10 Megapixel digital SLRs. At 800 ISO, noise levels increase beyond the Nikon D80 and while fractionally worse than the Canon EOS 400D / XTi, they do beat the Sony A100.

At 1600 ISO though, the L1's noise levels increase significantly, and while similar to the Sony A100, they're noticeably worse than the Canon and Nikon. As always though, it's important to also compare real-life high ISO results which can be found on our next page and in our Gallery.

Note: we have compared 100% crops from all cameras here measuring 136x136 pixels. In reality the L1 crops represent a slightly larger area of the image than the other three due to its lower resolution. As such, any artefacts seen on the L1 crops will appear slightly larger than those on the other crops if each image was reproduced to the same size.

Panasonic DMC L1
(standard NR)
Canon EOS-400D
Nikon D80
(normal NR)
Sony DSLR-A100
Panasonic L1 at 100 ISO
Canon EOS 400D at 100 ISO
Nikon D80 at 100 ISO
Sony DSLR-A100 at 160 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
160 ISO
Panasonic L1 at 200 ISO
Canon EOS 400D at 200 ISO
Nikon D80 at 200 ISO
Sony DSLR-A100 at 200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
Panasonic L1 at 400 ISO
Canon EOS 400D at 400 ISO
Nikon D80 at 400 ISO
Sony DSLR-A100 at 400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
Panasonic L1 at 800 ISO
Canon EOS 400D at 800 ISO
Nikon D80 at 800 ISO
Sony DSLR-A100 at 800 ISO
800 ISO,
800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO
Panasonic L1 at 1600 ISO
Canon EOS 400D at 1600 ISO
Nikon D80 at 1600 ISO
Sony DSLR-A100 at 1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
Panasonic L1 - 3200 ISO not available
Canon EOS 400D - 3200 ISO not available
Nikon D80 at 3200 ISO
Sony DSLR-A100 - 3200 ISO not available
3200 ISO
not available
3200 ISO not available
H1.0 (3200 ISO)
3200 ISO not available

Panasonic Lumix DMC L1 results continued...

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