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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 Gordon Laing, October 2006

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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 corner sharpness comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix LX2'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%.

We've presented results below from the LX2 in both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios; the former will be most demanding on the LX2's optics.

Zoomed-out to wide angle, the LX2 delivers excellent corner sharpness throughout its full aperture range, even in the far corners of its 16:9 frame. As expected, the results are slightly softer with the aperture wide open or fully closed, but even then they're still very good.

Zoomed-in to its telephoto end, the LX2 is noticeably soft in both its 16:9 and 4:3 crops with the aperture wide open, but closing it even slightly greatly improves the results. So while the sweet-spots at wide and telephoto are in the middle of the aperture range, the results remain good throughout.

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.

Panasonic DMC-LX2
16:9 frame
Panasonic DMC-LX2
4:3 frame
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Fujifilm FinePix F30
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 6mm f2.8
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 6mm f2.8
Panasonic TZ1 at 5mm f2.8
Fujifilm F30 at 8mm f2.8
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f2.8
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f2.8
5-52mm at 5mm f2.8
8-24mm at 8mm f2.8
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 6mm f4
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 6mm f4
Panasonic TZ1 at 5mm f5
Fujifilm F30 at 8mm f4
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f4
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f4
5-52mm at 5mm f5
8-24mm at 8mm f4
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 6mm f5.6
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 6mm f5.6
Panasonic TZ1 - only two aperature settings available
Fujifilm F30 at 8mm f5.7
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f5.6
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f5.6
Only two aperture settings available
8-24mm at 8mm f5.7
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 6mm f8
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 6mm f8
Panasonic TZ1 - only two aperature settings available
Fujifilm F30 at 8mm f8
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f8
6.3-25.2mm at 6.2mm f8
Only two aperture settings available
8-24mm at 8mm f8
             
Panasonic DMC-LX2
16:9 frame
Panasonic DMC-LX2
4:3 frame
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Fujfifilm FinePix F30
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 25mm f4.9
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 25mm f4.9
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
Fujifilm F30 at 24mm f4.9
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f4.9
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f4.9
5-52mm at 52mm f4.2
8-24mm at 24mm f4.9
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 25mm f5.6
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 25mm f5.6
Panasonic TZ1 at 52mm f7.1
Fujifilm F30 at 24mm f5.6
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f5.6
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f5.6
5-52mm at 52mm f7.1
8-24mm at 24mm f5.6
Panasonic LX2 16:9 at 25mm f8
Panasonic LX2 4:3 at 25mm f8
Panasonic TZ1 - only two aperature settings available
Fujifilm F30 at 24mm f8
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f8
6.3-25.2mm at 25.2mm f8
Only two aperture settings available
8-24mm at 24mm f8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 results continued...

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

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