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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Gordon Laing, August 2006



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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 noise level comparison


To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix TZ1's noise levels we photographed the standard Gretag Macbeth ColorChecker with it and a number of rival models at each of their ISO settings.

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 200 ISO, the TZ1's crops here appear very clean, and noise levels remain modest at 400 ISO and above.

Viewed in isolation, this would be an impressive result for the Lumix TZ1, but it's easy for overly-aggressive noise reduction systems to give the impression of low noise in this test. As such, it's crucial to also compare real-life outdoor results taken at different ISO settings. We've provided these on the following page, where you'll see the TZ1 is best used only at its lowest sensitivities.

The High Sensitivity mode in particular should only be used in situations where you have no other choice, as it results in considerable loss of detail from noise reduction and reduced resolution as seen on both the following page and our earlier Features section.

Note: we have compared 100% crops from each camera here measuring 136x136 pixels. Since each camera listed from left to right has steadily higher resolutions though, the crops pictured represent smaller areas of their total images. As such, the artefacts seen below from the cameras to the right would appear smaller than those from the left if each image were printed the same size.

The biggest difference would be between the 5 Megapixel images of the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 and the 9 megapixel Fujifilm S9500 / S9000, although as you'll see from the 100% crops taken from outdoor images on the next page, the difference isn't as significant as you might expect.

Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Canon PowerShot A620
Fujifilm FinePix F11
Fujifilm FinePix S9500
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 80 ISO
Canon PowerShot A620 at 50 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 80 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 at 80 ISO
80 ISO
50 ISO
80 ISO
80 ISO
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 100 ISO
Canon PowerShot A620 at 100 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 100 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 at 100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 200 ISO
Canon PowerShot A620 at 200 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 200 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 at 200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 400 ISO
Canon PowerShot A620 at 400 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 400 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 at 400 ISO
400 ISO,
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 800 ISO
Canon PowerShot A620 - 800 ISO not available
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 800 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 at 800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO not available
800 ISO
800 ISO
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 1600 ISO
Canon PowerShot A620 - 1600 ISO not available
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 1600 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 at 1600 ISO
1600 ISO
(High Sensitivity mode)
1600 ISO not available
1600 ISO
1600 ISO

Results continued...

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

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