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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 Gordon Laing, August 2006


 



 




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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 corner sharpness comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix TZ1'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. Note the TZ1 only offers two apertures at each focal length, and selects them automatically; we forced it to use specific apertures by varying the brightness of our studio lights.

The crops are taken from the extreme lower left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

Zoomed-out to wide angle, the Lumix TZ1 delivers reasonably sharp results in the corners, but zoom all the way in and the results become quite soft. This isn't surprising though for a lens with a 10x optical range that's squeezed into a compact body, and it's important to note the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 with its considerably bigger optical system also suffers from softness when fully zoomed-in.

Ultimately it's the price you normally pay for the convenience of a very long optical range. If you want pin sharp results in the extreme corners throughout the range, you normally have to go for a lens with a shorter optical zoom. There are exceptions though, such as the Panasonic FZ30, which delivers sharp corners throughout its optical range; again though, this is a larger camera, comparable in size to the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000.

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-TZ1
Canon PowerShot A620
Fujifilm FinePix F11
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 5.2mm f2.8
Canon PowerShot A620 at 7.3mm f2.8
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 8mm f2.8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 at 6.2mm f2.8
5.2-52mm at 5.2mm f2.8
7.3-29.2mm at 7.3mm f2.8
8-24mm at 8mm f2.8
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 5.2mm f5
Canon PowerShot A620 at 7.3mm f5.6
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 8mm f5.7
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 at 6.2mm f5.6
5.2-52mm at 5.2mm f5
7.3-29.2mm at 7.3mm f5.6
8-24mm at 8mm f5.7
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f5.6
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 - only two aperture settings available
Canon PowerShot A620 at 7.3mm f8
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 8mm f8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 at 6.2mm f8
Only two aperture settings available
7.3-29.2mm at 7.3mm f8
8-24mm at 8mm f8
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
             
Panasonic DMC-TZ1
Canon PowerShot A620
Fujifilm FinePix F11
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
Canon PowerShot A620 at 29.9mm f4.1
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm f4.9
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 at 66.7mm f4.9
5.2-52mm at 52mm f4.2
7.3-29.2mm at 29.2mm f4.1
8-24mm at 24mm f4.9
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 at 52mm f7.1
Canon PowerShot A620 at 29.2mm f5.6
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm f5.6
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 at 66.7mm f5.6
5.2-52mm at 52mm f7.1
7.3-29.2mm at 29.2mm f5.6
8-24mm at 24mm f5.6
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f5.6
Panasonic DMC-TZ1 - only two aperture settings available
Canon PowerShot A620 at 29.2mm f8
Fujifilm FinePix F11 at 24mm f8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 at 66.7mm f8
Only two aperture settings available
7.3-29.2mm at 29.2mm f8
8-24mm at 24mm f8
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f8

Results continued...

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